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Phoebe is an international and education development specialist with eight years’ experience working in the sector. She has a PhD and Master’s from the University of Oxford, and has worked for a range of organisations, including the OECD Education and Skills Secretariat in France, Learning First in Australia, and the University of Cambridge in England. Her research specialisations include girls’ education, gender equality, and leadership. Phoebe has published commissioned-based research reports on girls’ education and leadership for diverse partners, including the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), the National Centre on Education and the Economy (USA), and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).

Most recently, Phoebe was the Senior Research Lead with the Independent Evaluation Consortium of the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) Girls’ Education Challenge, a multi-million pound investment in education for marginalised girls in low-income countries. In this role, Phoebe co-led a study on the role of teachers and teaching in promoting girls’ wellbeing and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic in remote and rural communities in Afghanistan, Ghana, and Sierra Leone.

As a Research Fellow with the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Phoebe coordinates monitoring, evaluation, and research activities for the Diplôme d’Études Supérieures en Leadership Humanitaire (DESLH) and the Crisis Leadership Program (CLP).

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