Dr. Chris Counihan
Dr Chris Counihan is a Lecturer at Teesside University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Chris has over ten years' experience of working and leading on international development and education projects. His primary research interests lie in the field of child development and policy initiatives in education. He is currently developing ideas under the ‘Education for All’ agenda that targets poverty alleviation and educational empowerment. Dr. Counihan’s research has positively impacted children’s learning opportunities in some of the poorest areas of the world that include: India, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.
Victor is a BA(Hons) History (Newcastle University), MA International Perspectives of Education (Newcastle University). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Newcastle University. His research focuses on the development and implementation of education policy in Northumberland between 1869-1879. At this time state schools were established through school boards and the nature of provision, funding, and regulation of education in England drastically altered.
Dr. Gopalkrishnan Iyer
Dr. Gopalkrishnan Iyer is a social scientist, educationist, and assessment expert in the field of children’s learning. He is currently engaged as a Post-doctoral research associate at the UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub and is closely involved in working with partners around the globe to develop and apply interdisciplinary systems to water security. He has extensive experience in working in the field of educational assessments, water sanitation and hygiene, and poverty alleviation projects.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Advaita worked for a year as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After which she moved to explore her interest in Public Policy and joined as a research associate at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad working primarily in the field of second-chance education on a project with Pratham Education Foundation. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the area of Public Systems at IIM, Ahmedabad.
Manish Maskara is currently studying his MPhil/Ph.D. in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has an experience of six years spread across teaching, research project coordination and management and working with communities from different cultures in the field of water resources.
Anurag Shukla is a doctoral student at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has previously worked with several organizations such as Pratham, Azim Premji Foundation, and Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), Times Group, and Business Standard. His interests in the recent past have been around issues in foundational learning, standardized assessments, inclusive curriculum, and the application of technologies in classrooms. He is also a consultant with many EdTech start-ups.
Anant Saurabh Topno
Anant has studied MBA in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies (XIDAS), Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Anant has worked for more than 7 years in the field of education, digital literacy, and vocational skills in Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Before joining localism, Anant has worked with Pratham Education Foundation, ASER, and CARITAS India. Presently, he is leading field engagements at Localism as Development Fellow..
Smriti has done Post Graduation in Development Management from Tata- Dhan Academy, Madurai.
She has worked in the field of development for more than 13 years in different states of India. Smriti has handled state-level responsibilities with national and international organizations such as UNICEF, Child in Need Institute (CINI), Bodh Shiksha Samiti, Pratham Education Foundation, Action Aid Association (AAA), and Ekjut. She has worked closely with state/district level administration to provide technical support. She has rich experience in imparting training to Government Key Resource Persons (KRPs), DIET members, and School teachers in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Jharkhand.