Dr. paula cordeiro

Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education, University of San Diego 

Paula is a former teacher and principal in bilingual schools in Venezuela and Spain. From 1998 to 2015 she served as dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Paula is currently the Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education.

Paula is a board member of the James Irvine Foundation, the Boston based nonprofit Community Technical Assistance Center, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Midway Museum of San Diego, and Building Engineering and Science Talent. She is a former board member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the International Council on Education for Teaching, and a founding member of the Academy for International School Heads. In 2006, Paula was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Additionally, she is a past president of the University Council for Educational Administration, and was awarded a fellowship by the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management. In 2014, she received the Classroom of the Future Foundation’s Visionary Leadership Award and in 2016 the Luso-American Foundation’s Global Action Award. Paula is the author of numerous articles and three books on school leadership.

ASHISH DHawan

Founder and CEO, Central Square Foundation

Ashish is the Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF), that works on the systemic strengthening of the K-12 education system in India. He also served as a founding board member of Global School Leaders.

He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale’s Development Council.

Ashish serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, India School Leadership Institute and Bharti Foundation.

sharath jeevan

Founder and CEO, STIR Education


It is a moral and economic imperative that every child, everywhere, has a teacher who cultivates the joy of lifelong learning. STIR supports education systems to re-ignite the intrinsic motivation of their teachers and officials, through innovative teacher network meetings. This year STIR is impacting 200,000 teachers and 6 million children, through supporting the national education system in Uganda, and 4 state education systems in India.  By 2030 - the end of SDG 4 - STIR aims that 300 million children will have an intrinsically motivated teacher . And that education systems will see developing a workforce of intrinsically motivated teachers and officials as a critical and achievable goal.

Sharath Jeevan previously served as Founding CEO of Teaching Leaders, an initiative to raise attainment in the UK’s most disadvantaged schools, which is expanding to 700 schools nationally and has attracted over $25m million in scale-up funding. Sharath was formerly Head of Social Ventures at eBay UK; a Project Leader at international strategy consultants Booz & Co; and a Senior Manager at NGO Action Aid.

His education includes a First Class Economics Degree from Cambridge University, MSt from Oxford University, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from  Roehampton University for his contribution to the field of Education.

LAURA KADETSKY

General Counsel, Chief Business Solutions Officer, & Secretary, New Leaders

As General Counsel, Laura provides legal counsel, representation, and strategic advice in support of New Leaders and its mission in all areas of applicable law. Under her leadership, the Legal team delivers legal services to support the organization’s goals while minimizing risk. Laura also oversees New Leaders’ Business & Information Technology Services team, including strategic technological solutions and technology infrastructure. Laura serves as Secretary for New Leaders.

Prior to joining New Leaders in 2010, Laura was a litigation partner at the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she handled a variety of matters including employment, antitrust, bankruptcy, and breach of contract cases; white collar internal investigations; and international arbitrations. Laura also represented New Leaders and other nonprofits on a pro bono basis while at Kirkland, earning the Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award from 2005 through 2009.

Laura clerked for Judge Bernice Bouie Donald on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis. She has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Board of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance and Founding Chair of its DC chapter.

BRUNO KAVANAGH

Founder and Director of Learning, Learn Interactive

Bruno has a 20 year career as an entrepreneur and consultant in the field of online and blended learning. In 2001 he founded ClearPoint Learning Systems, growing the company to become a leading supplier of online professional development tools to the life sciences sector.

Following a successful exit from ClearPoint in 2009, Bruno has worked on learning projects with major corporations and academic institutions including McKinsey & Company, Capital One Bank and the University of Texas.

In parallel, he leads Learn Interactive, a US / UK-based agency focused on immersive and high-impact learning experiences.

Bruno has a passionate interest in education and the arts, and serves as President of the Board at Thresh Dance, a performing arts organization dedicated to performance and education in theatre and movement.
In 2015 he was a lead adviser to Firki, a major initiative aimed at educators in government schools across India. In February 2019 he joined the advisory board of Global School Leaders and looks forward to helping to helping GSL realize its critical and much-needed mission.

Bruno gained a first class MA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, specializing in French and Italian literature. He is based in New York with his wife, the dancer Preeti Vasudevan, and travels frequently to both London and Chennai.

WENDY KOPP

CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All

Wendy is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential.

Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 8,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 52 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America’s board.

Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Currently, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in 49 countries on six continents, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First.

Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

Dr. JOSH LEWIS

Founder and Managing Principal, Salmon River Capital

Josh has over 20 years of experience in working in partnership with management teams building valuable growth businesses. His experience encompasses a wide range of dynamic, growth industries and transaction types, and he has particular expertise in Salmon River Capital's focal markets. He previously served as a General Partner of both Warburg Pincus, where he served for over a decade, and Forstmann Little.

Josh serves on the Board of New Leaders, a leading social enterprise focused on training the next generation of U.S. urban principals, which he chaired from 2003 to 2011. He also serves on the board of New Classrooms Innovation Partners, the successor organization to the School of One. He serves as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Gen Learning Challenges program. In partnership with the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development/ National Institutes of Health, Mr. Lewis and his wife created the Noah Fund for SIDS research.

Mr. Lewis holds a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) from Oxford University (1989) and an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University (1984).

DR. LYNN MURPHY

Consultant

Lynn Murphy is an independent consultant for foundations and international organizations working primarily in the Global South.

Previously, Lynn worked at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a Senior Fellow and Program Officer where she founded an initiative, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, to improve the quality of primary schools in the developing world. This initiative directed more than $110 million across 7 countries and globally to catalyze and support efforts to improve learning for the poorest children.

Prior to working in philanthropy, Lynn consulted with several international and nongovernmental organizations. Lynn holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education and an M.A. in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis both from Stanford University. She conducted extensive research on transnational NGO advocacy in international development and education and more recently education reform efforts primarily in East Africa. Lynn has lived and/or worked in the education sector in Central America, across Sub-Saharan Africa, and in India.

Dr. sara ruto

CEO, PAL Network Secretariat

Sara heads the Nairobi-based PAL Network Secretariat, raising the profile of the citizen led assessment network operating in nine countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2009, Sara initiated the citizen-led assessment process ‘Uwezo’ in Kenya, before serving as Regional Manager for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Sara was a lecturer at Kenyatta University for more than fifteen years; where she emerged as a key researcher in primary education and school reform. Sara sits on the board of Women Educational Researchers of Kenya; The Global Reading Network and Longhorn Publishers. Sara holds a PhD in Education from Heidelberg University in Germany.