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Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Who We Are

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1. Members

2. Secretariat Staff
3. Language Community Facilitators

4. Interns and Consultants

5. Steering Group Members


1. INEE Members

INEE is a network of more than 15,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 countries. INEE members are practitioners working for national and international NGOs and UN agencies, ministry of education and other government personnel, donors, students, teachers, and researchers who voluntarily join in the work related to education in emergencies. INEE exists for and because of its members. Find out more about INEE members by visiting the Member Database and the Member Map. (Free login required for both.)

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2. Secretariat Staff

INEE maintains a core staff team that represents the network, leads and supports network activities, and coordinates network processes, systems and projects. INEE Secretariat staff are hosted by INEE Steering Group member agencies, which not only helps to ensure promotion and institutionalization of education in emergencies within those agencies but is also cost-efficient.



Sonja Anderson
Coordinator, Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) 

Contact: sonja.anderson [at]

Sonja is responsible for INEE's work on curating and strengthening the EiE evidence base. She manages the E-Cubed Research Fund, coordinating the call for proposals, the designation of eligibility and criteria, and the proposal review process. She also oversees and contributes to the various evidence work streams under the Education Policy Working Group. Sonja received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Education Policy and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of San Francisco. She has four years of experience in the field of EiE, with work primarily focused on alternative and non-formal education in the Middle East. She is based in Seattle, USA.



Margi Bhatt 

Coordinator, Education Policy

Contact: margi.bhatt [at]

Margi leads INEE’s work on policy in crisis-affected contexts and is responsible for managing and coordinating the INEE Education Policy Working Group. Margi provides technical assistance and facilitates collaboration between Working Group members and supports diverse initiatives to influence policies relating to education in emergencies and crisis-affected contexts. Margi received her Master's in International Education Development with a focus on Peace and Human Rights Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has been in the education sector for 10 years; six in the classrooms as a teacher in the early childhood, primary, and secondary levels in France, South Korea, and the US, and the last four years focusing on education in emergencies work, predominantly in South Asia and the Middle East working with NGOs. Most recently, Margi has provided specialized technical assistance to UNICEF's Education in Emergencies hub at the headquarters in New York. Margi is based in the International Rescue Committee's offices in New York City.


Natalie Brackett

Coordinator, Standards and Practice 

Contact: natalie.brackett [at]

Natalie manages and coordinates the activities of the INEE Standards and Practice Working Group and provides technical assistance on the INEE Minimum Standards, while promoting the resources, network tools, and other work generated by the Standards & Practice Working Group and sub-Working Group activities. Natalie received her M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University Peabody College, and she holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Natalie has six years of experience as an educator, researcher, and practitioner supporting humanitarian and international development organizations, including prior experience with the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran World Relief, and community-based NGOs in South and Southeast Asia. Natalie is based out of the New York offices of the International Rescue Commitee.


Dean Brooks


Contact: dean.brooks [at]

Dean Brooks has over two decades of international education experience working in complex emergencies, conflict, disaster and development contexts. Initially, he worked as an international educator (primary, middle-school, and special education). For the past 17 years, he has focused his work on Education in Emergencies (EiE) and child protection, in a number of settings, including East and West Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Before joining INEE, he last worked as a Special Advisor on Education for the Norwegian Refugee Council, providing support to country programs in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and West Africa. Dean has been an active member of INEE since 2001. He is based at the International Rescue Committee in New York, USA. 


Laura Davison

Senior Coordinator, Policy & Partnerships

Contact: laura.davison [at]

Laura is responsible for developing and strengthening strategic partnerships for the network. She also manages INEE’s partnership with UNHCR and the Global Education Cluster in an Education Cannot Wait (ECW)-supported project on strengthening coordination and joint planning for education in emergencies. In addition, Laura oversees INEE’s work related to Policy and Evidence. Laura has spent the past decade predominantly in international humanitarian work with the INEE and UNHCR. In her previous role with UNHCR, she supported humanitarian crises and protracted situations in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East, providing operational support and reporting for some of UNHCR’s largest field operations. Laura has a passion for education and an ambition that equitable access to quality education can be achieved for all children, regardless of circumstances. Laura received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Fulbright scholar from Switzerland, and holds an M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. She is based at the RET International offices in Geneva, Switzerland.


Lindsey Fraser

Administration Officer

Contact: lindsey.fraser [at]

As INEE’s Administration Officer, Lindsey contributes to the effective functioning of the INEE Secretariat by ensuring excellent budget and financial management, tools production and distribution, and administrative/logistical functioning. Lindsey has over 25 years of financial and operations experience in not-for-profits. Prior to joining INEE in May 2012, Lindsey was the Director of Operations for HiTOPS, Inc. an organization working to promote adolescent health and well-being. She is based in the New York offices of the International Rescue Committee.


Peter Hyll-Larsen

Coordinator, Advocacy

Contact: peter.hyll-larsen [at]

Peter is responsible for supporting and coordinating advocacy efforts of the INEE members, chiefly through the Advocacy Working Group, contributing to INEE‘s position as a thought leader in the education in emergency community. He has worked with education rights, especially the right to education in emergencies, for many different agencies across the world. He has supported legal reform, programming and advocacy, and helped raise awareness of international human rights and humanitarian legal standards in conflict settings. He sees human rights not as ends in themselves, but as political means to achieve a life in dignity - and nowhere is this more essential than in emergencies and few rights are more central to this than education. Peter has worked for UNESCO, ActionAid International, The Right to Education Initiative, Finn Church Aid, and as a consultant for many other UN and NGO agencies, he holds a MA in Comparative Literature and a MSc in Human Rights. Peter is based in Paris at UNESCO-IIEP.


Sarah Montgomery
Coordinator, Knowledge Management

Contact: sarah.montgomery [at]

Sarah is responsible for the knowledge management of INEE resources and tools, and is a member of the communications team. Sarah received her Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice with a focus in Education from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.S. in Anthropology from Santa Clara University. Sarah has over five years of experience in education in schools, community-based organizations, and non-profits that focus on girls, monitoring and evaluation, and crisis contexts in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Ghana, and New York City. Sarah is based out of the New York offices of the International Rescue Committee.


Bente Sandal-Aasen

INEE Minimum Standards

Contact: bente.sandal-aasen [at]

Bente Sandal-Aasen is an INEE and EiE capacity development specialist with Plan International Norway, currently seconded to the INEE Secretariat to focus on the INEE MS. She has a long world-wide background in EiE responses and in training, with a particular expertise in psychosocial support and teaching and learning.


Peter Transburg

Senior Coordinator, Communications

Contact: peter.transburg [at]   
[on parental leave 22 April - 2 September 2019]

Peter is responsible for all aspects of INEE communications, and for supporting a wide variety of network activities and projects. He is always looking for ways to increase opportunities for member engagement, partnerships, and building awareness about INEE and its impact, including through the INEE Language Communities and Task Teams. Peter joined INEE in 2011, following six years of managing food assistance programs with the World Food Programme in DR Congo and Mozambique. Peter has a Masters degree in information management and speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Lingala. He lives in San Francisco, USA with his wife and two daughters.



3.  Language Community Facilitators


مجتمع اللغة العربيه (ALC)

Mai Abu Moghli, Facilitator

Contact: arabic [at]

Mai Abu Moghli is a Human Rights Education specialist, her work focuses on the MENA region. Mai holds a PhD in Human Rights Education from the Institute of Education - University College London (UCL) and an MA in human rights theory and practice from the University of Essex.  Mai is interested in issues related to right to education, refugee education and social change. Mai has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and education in the MENA region. Mai speaks English and Arabic and currently lives between the UK and Palestine.


Communauté de langue française

Emeline Marchois, Facilitator

Contact: francais [at]

Emeline’s interests are in child protection, inclusive education and disability in emergencies and fragile states. She’s a qualified modern foreign languages’ teacher from Cambridge University, UK, with six years of experience teaching in Europe and the Caribbean. She also worked as a tutor and psycho-social assistant for local NGOs in Colombia and most recently as an education program manager/coordinator (nutrition, adult training) for international NGOs in Haiti (Caritas, Save the Children, WFP). Her research for the NOHA master’s in humanitarian action addressed education in Colombia where she also worked with the Ministry of Education on inclusive education projects.


Comunidade de Língua Portuguesa

Andreia Soares, Facilitator

Contact: portugues [at]

Andreia is INEE Portuguese Language Community facilitator based in Portugal. She has a degree in Leisure and Social Pedagogy focused on Local Development approaches and has been working since 2004 in Development and Cooperation Programs in Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Being a trainer in Human Rights, Gender, Youth and Volunteering she works mainly with non-formal education methodologies and as a teacher she has been working in vocational education.


Comunidad Hispana

Claudio Osorio, Facilitator

Contact: espanol [at]

Claudio provides support to Spanish-speaking INEE members, and facilitates INEE´s activities and initiatives in the Spanish-speaking world, working with Ministries of Education, NGOs and UN Agencies to gather resources and build collaborative initiatives on disaster risk reduction in the education sector. He has more than 14 years of experience in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in essential facilities (water and sanitation, health facilities and education sector) in Latin America and Caribbean countries, contributing to define sectorial priorities and strategies at regional and country level to increase disaster resilience of essential services and vulnerable communities.



4. Interns and Consultants



Jamie Bowen
Intern, Education Policy

Contact: jamie.bowen [at]

Jamie is a current MA candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing a degree in International Education Development. Her concentration is in international humanitarian issues, with a particular interest in supporting teachers in refugee contexts. Prior to her time at Teachers College, Jamie taught primary school in Oakland, California. She taught full inclusion, working with general education and special needs students within one class. Jamie previously worked as a volunteer coordinator for an adult literacy program, and as a small enterprise development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Mali.


Lauren Gerken
Consultant, Grants Management and Systems Strengthening

Contact: lauren.gerken [at]

Lauren is responsible for strengthening INEE's systems and organization around grants management. Lauren received her M.A. in International Educational Development with a concentration in International Humanitarian Issues from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a B.A. in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley. Lauren has over five years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and school management in schools and non-profits in Morocco, France, and the United States. Lauren is based out of the New York offices of the International Rescue Committee. 


Anna Herrero Tejada 

Intern, Standards and Practice

Contact: anna.herrero-tejada [at]

Anna is a current student at Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing an M.A. in International Educational Development with a concentration in International Policy and Planning and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from University College London. Her professional and academic interests include educational access for vulnerable groups, education in emergencies, and language planning specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, Anna was the campaign officer for the UCL Amnesty International group. She has experience teaching elementary school in Chicago and has worked extensively tutoring immigrant youth in London.


Isabella Shahnaz Solheim

Intern, Communications

Contact: isabella.solheim [at]

Isabella is currently completing her MSc in International Relations at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She holds a BA Hons in Media and Communications from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. As she is studying, she is interning from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s offices in Oslo, working for both NRC and INEE simultaneously. She has been part of Amnesty International UK, built houses with Habitat for Humanity, and travelled extensively in the Middle East & Asia. Isabella’s personal, academic and professional interests comprise of peacekeeping in conflict states, advancing women’s rights on a basis of equality, and the implementation of educational institutions within a ‘state-building’ framework.


Elana Wolpert
Intern, Communications

Contact: elana.wolpert [at]

Elana is a graduate student in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She recently returned from teaching English in Istanbul for three years. Her thesis involves designing programs for Arab mother and children immigrants. While living in Turkey, she became passionate about refugee rights, with a focus in the MENA region. She studied advertising in her undergraduate years, and strives to combine her design and education knowledge to help refugees around the world.


Haley Burns
Intern, Evidence

Contact: haley.burns [at]

Haley is currently a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studies International Education Policy. Her interests are in emergency education with a focus on teacher education, SEL/trauma-response and child protection during crisis. Prior to graduate school, Haley was a secondary humanities teacher for six years. She taught in Denver, and in Guangzhou, China, and worked in an international school in the Cayman Islands where she coached the high school debate team.


Ben Steiner

Communications Consultant (April-August 2019)

Contact: ben.steiner [at]

Ben supports the INEE Secretariat in the management of network communications, member activities, and projects, including the development and dissemination of web content, e-communications, and social media. Ben holds an MA in International Educational Development with a concentration in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University. Prior to working with INEE, Ben possessed over five years experience in educational capacity development, classroom teaching, and curriculum development, including three years served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia, and a recent consultancy completed in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Ben is currently based in New York City. 


5. Steering Group Members

Dubai Cares
Annina Mattsson
Director of Programs

Annina Mattsson is an international development and humanitarian professional with more than 12 years of experience in education, humanitarian assistance, disaster risk-reduction, conflict prevention, and peace-building. She joined Dubai Cares in February 2016 and has since been responsible for leading the Programs department. Prior to joining Dubai Cares, Annina worked as an independent international development consultant with special focus on monitoring and evaluation. A national of Finland, and a mother of two, she received her Master of Science in Violence, Conflict, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Finn Church Aid
Jouni Hemberg
Executive Director

Jouni Hemberg has almost 30 years’ experience both in field of humanitarian assistance and in the education sector. His previous tasks in International Red Cross movement, UN and, Save the Children leadership and field work have taken him to work in many countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Currently, Jouni leads Finn Church Aid (FCA) the largest development NGO in Finland with focus on Education in Emergencies in its humanitarian work. FCA also focusses on youth and vocational education, as well as teacher education and education sector development. Before his humanitarian career, Jouni was a teacher and a popular rock musician in Finland.  

International Rescue Committee

Jennifer Sklar (Co-Chair)
Deputy Director, Education

Jennifer Sklar has more than 17 years of experience working in the field of international education as a practitioner and technical advisor, focused on the provision of education in areas of conflict. Jennifer is responsible for the development of IRC’s global technical priorities in education and leading a team of technical advisors to improve the overall quality of IRC education programs. Her specific technical expertise is in social and emotional learning, impact evaluation, and strategies to improve girls’ learning outcomes. Jennifer has lived in several countries and implemented a variety of programs, including years of work in Ethiopia as IRC’s Education Coordinator, overseeing education programs in six refugee camps. She has a Masters degree from Columbia University School of International Affairs and Public Administration.


Randi Gramshaug
Senior Adviser

Randi Gramshaug works as a senior adviser in the education section of Norad. Her main responsibilities are education in crisis and conflict as well as follow-up of Norway’s support to education in Palestine, Madagascar and Haiti. Randi has been a member of INEE since 2011, and is currently a member of the Steering Group. Before joining Norad, she has worked within the field of education for Unicef in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Sudan, and for UNHCR in Kenya/Dadaab. Randi has also worked as a teacher in Norway and in the Republic of Congo. Randi has a master's in social anthropology.


Norwegian Refugee Council
Annelies Ollieuz (Co-Chair)
Global Education Manager

Annelies Ollieuz is Global Education Manager with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). She has more than 11 years’ experience from the education sector, in development and humanitarian contexts, and in Norway. In her current role, she leads the education core competency and the team consisting of global and regional education advisors. Her responsibilities include education policy and strategies, technical development, and representation. Her field experience includes the humanitarian responses in Iraq, South Sudan and Syria (conflict), Haiti and Nepal (earthquake), Ethiopia and Niger (drought), and Liberia (Ebola). Annelies is a trained social worker and has a PhD in social anthropology.


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Sabina Handschin
Senior Education Policy Advisor

Bio forthcoming


Kerstin Holst
Education Officer

Bio forthcoming



Benoit d’Ansembourg
Senior Education Officer

Benoit started his career as a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) for UNHCR in Kenya and Somalia from 1993 to 1996. After a transitory period in the private sector he completed a Master of International Politics. As part of this Master he studied the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) for development and humanitarian responses. His work in education in emergencies (EiE) started with the Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust (RET) - an organisation that was founded by the former High Commissioner for Refugees Madame Ogata – as Regional Programme Manager based in Kenya from 2004 to 2009. During that period, he launched and supported programmes for Sudanese refugees in Chad and Burundian returnees in Burundi. Prior to joining the UNHCR Education team in August 2018, he worked for UNICEF from 2009 to 2017, initially as a consultant (in Sri Lanka and Western and Central Africa), then as the regional focal point for EiE in Eastern and Southern Africa from 2011 to 2016 and finally as the Education member of the New-York-based Emergency Response Team and as Education Project Manager in the Maiduguri Field Office (northeast Nigeria) in 2017. Benoit is the happy father of four girls.



Linda Jones
Senior Advisor, Education in Emergencies 

Linda has over 15 years of experience in education, nine of which was as a Chief of Education for UNICEF in Nepal, Sierra Leone and Somalia.  Linda started her career in the field of Education as a teacher in the UK before joining the curriculum development unit within the Ministry of Education in Guyana.  Linda then worked with both Concern Worldwide and the Norwegian Refugee Council prior to joining UNICEF.  During her career she has covered education in conflict, post conflict, protracted crises and responding to natural disasters. Linda has led various in country sector working groups and overseen country level coordination.  Linda worked closely with the Ministries of Education in Nepal, Sierra Leone and Somalia to develop education sector plans and education contingency plans as well as supporting the development of various education emergency response plans in all the Countries she has worked.  Linda has facilitated trainings with Government, civil society and NGO partners on education in emergencies including the INEE minimum standards for Education in Emergencies.  She brings experience of working closely with humanitarian partners as well as with development partners through Sector Wide Approaches.   Over her career Linda has worked on ECD, Primary, Secondary, non-formal, early grade learning, technical and vocational education and systems building within the education sector.


World Vision International
Jonathan B. Miller
Sr. Education Advisor - Strategic Engagement

Jonathan Miller is currently the Sr. Education Advisor - Strategic Engagement at World Vision International. His association with INEE goes back to the launch of INEE in 2000. He served previously on the INEE Steering Group from 2009 – 2011, as well as on various working and advisory groups. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a classroom educator and senior leader of education and youth development programs for IRC, CARE, Room to Read, ROTA, and UNICEF. He has worked to improve the quality of education in crisis, post-crisis, and development contexts for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Technically, his experience spans the globe, including long-term postings in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Qatar, with field support provided to education programs in 22 additional countries.