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Our People

We are a driven team with a vibrant community. We find strength in diversity and team spirit in shared purpose. We cherish the chance to contribute together.
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John Smith

Software Engineer

Simon co-founded Inspiring Teachers (as LRTT) in 2011 to expand professional learning opportunities for untrained teachers in southwestern Uganda.

At the time, he was a high school science teacher. But as Inspiring Teachers has grown, he has also worked in startups and built partnerships for large nonprofits.

Simon is a Teach For All Social Innovation Fellow and Global Social Benefit Alumnus. He has an MA in Educational Leadership and advises the World Bank’s coach team on teacher development programs.

Tom co-founded LRTT with Simon and others in 2011. At the time he was leading in-country operations for Volunteer Uganda, an organisation he and Simon setup to in 2008 to support education in rural Uganda.

Tom oversees product design and technology for the platform and set of tools that make Inspiring Teachers programmes possible.

Tom is an Agora Partnerships Alumnus and as an expert in digital media production, he oversees our film programmes capturing footage of inspiring teaching around the world.

Charles leads Inspiring Teachers program delivery, evaluation and systems partnerships in Uganda.

He brings a decade of experience managing teaching quality-focused research projects. Through his work at Mango Tree, RTI and Ichuli Institute, he managed dozens of research projects and randomized trials, using technology to support data collection by large teams of enumerators.

Charles’s experience has given him powerful insights into challenges and opportunities around teacher development in low-resource contexts. He uses these insights to help our product and program design team build impactful products and programs.

Gloria was part of Inspiring Teachers’s first program in 2011 and has since gone on to co-lead it in Kanungu district.

An experienced educator, Gloria led our early work running communities of practice with STiR Education from 2014-16. Since then, she has managed our coaching programs in Kanungu.

In 2019, Gloria was certified as a World Bank TEACH Master Trainer, and today, she supports our product design team by managing pilots in Kanungu.

Lukasz is an experienced software engineer and has led technology development at Inspiring Teachers since 2016.

He builds our apps for teachers and the portals we provide to our partners, team leaders and Fellows, continually finding new ways to make our programs more effective.

Before Inspiring Teachers, Lukasz was a software engineer in high growth startups. He worked at LiveChat Inc and before that, Storygami, where he was part of the 500 Startups Accelerator.

Priscilla has headed our Uganda Hub since we built our lodge on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Doubling as a training facility, the lodge is Inspiring Teachers’s spiritual home, and it provides the perfect base to run both design sprints and ongoing programs from.

Priscilla is a respected community leader, recognized for the contributions her work has made in Kanungu, and has been part of our team since 2011.

Nicolas has overseen finance and analytics at Inspiring Teachers since 2016. He brings ten years of experience in banking and data services, which has given him a strong analytical skill set that he uses to help us continually improve our programs.

Nic is a Global Social Benefit Institute Alumnus and works closely with our partners and program teams to help them run efficient, data-driven and impactful programs.

Denis is a digital marketing expert and helps us run data-driven marketing campaigns.

He started his career at Google and now runs an innovative school in Lviv, Ukraine.

Joseph leads the Ghana National Association of Private Schools in the Ashanti Region and has also led relationship management with schools in our region participating in our programs.

Geoff is the Chief Product Officer at MyTutor. He was previously Chief Product Officer at Babbel, one of the world’s largest language learning apps, where he designs and oversees the development of products for millions of users.

He brings this experience, alongside his background in software engineering and education at Cambridge Assessment, to advise our team on product leadership, design and development.

Geoff was born in South Africa and has contributed to various innovative initiatives at the nexus of education and teaching.

Sarah is a longstanding trustee of Inspiring Teachers, and before that, our partner charity Inspiring Futures. She first got involved in 2008 when she worked with Simon and Tom as a volunteer supporting schools in Kanungu District.

She works for Peabody, a UK housing association, where she designs and oversees innovative community mobilization programs. She is also a trustee of leading mental health charity, Together for Mental Wellbeing.

Chaitra has been an advisor to our leadership team since she supported our monitoring and evaluation work in Uganda in 2015 while studying at Harvard School of Education.

Chaitra founded Leadership Institute for Teachers (LIFT) and led large scale teacher training programs in Nigeria and East Africa for New Globe. She is passionate about finding scalable ways to support teachers. Today, she is Head of Teacher Development at Teach For All.

Sundar has been advising the Inspiring Teachers leadership team on business strategy since he supported Simon and Nicolas during the 2018 Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator.

He brings 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley, where he leads a large business unit for Applied Materials, a leading microprocessor development firm.

Sundar was born in India and is passionate about using his experience to support innovative organizations expanding access to quality education.

Mahlon first joined Inspiring Teachers as a Fellow in India in 2015 when he was a history teacher. After that, he led programs in Belize and became a training lead at Ark Schools before becoming our first head of training design.

As well as being an expert in teacher training design, Mahlon is an experienced diversity and inclusion training leader and advisor. Now based in Canada, he continues to play a supporting role in our efforts to expand diversity and inclusion across our community.

Chris has three decades of experience building great teams and organizations that make an impact at scale. Over his career as a venture capitalist, he has been chair of leading organizations, including high-growth startups like Shazaam, to the leading girls’ education nonprofit Camfed.

Chris has coached Simon and Tom and advises us on finance and fundraising. Born in South Africa, he is passionate about building great organizations that solve problems at scale.

Christine has been part of our program design team since 2020. She brings a wealth of experience as a teacher trainer, curriculum developer, educator and researcher to help us design robust programs and tools that are both practical and grounded in the latest evidence.

Christine has a particular interest in literacy and works as a Research Associate at Western University in Ontario. She researches how teachers can support children in developing self-regulation in writing.

Ghana

Dr. Larbi Mantey

Program Director

Ghana

Isaac Gaissey

Partner Director

Ghana

Regina Mensah

Literacy Officer

Ghana

Phillip Semaha

Program Officer

Ghana

Mark Valentine

Technology Officer

Tanzania

Agata Wygnanska

2017, 2019

Belize

Alexandria Bell

2019

India

Aman Kochhar

2017, 2019

Nepal

Amy Austin

2016, 2022

Uganda

Beckie Merrill

2019, 2021

Guyana

Brandi Compass

2018, 2019

Uganda

Brianna Sheeley

2019, 2021

India

Brittany Precosky

2018, 2019

Uganda

Brittney Presley

2017, 2018, 2019

Rwanda

Catherine Walton

2019, 2022

India

Charlie Nicholls

2019

Tanzania

Charlotte Martin

2019

Malaysia

Claire Sugdon

2017, 2018, 2019

Tanzania

Connor Shenton

2018, 2019, 2022

Belize

Eddie Wynne

2018, 2019, 2022

Nepal

Elizabeth Shaw

2019, 2022

Rwanda

Emma Holmes

2018, 2019

Tanzania

Georgina Eastaugh

2019

Malaysia

Gretchen Greathouse

2018, 2019, 2022

Nepal

Hannah Jones

2018, 2019

Malaysia

Isabel Marks

2019, 2022

Ghana

Jamar Council

2019

Tanzania

James Dyke

2019

Tanzania

Jo Opoku

2018, 2019

Rwanda

Kat Hall

2017, 2018, 2019

Laos

Kate Orr

2014-2020

Uganda

Kate Reeves

2019

Ghana

Katie Lipham

2018, 2019

Uganda

Kelsey Burns

2018, 2019

Uganda

Kim Taylor

2019

Guyana

Kristen Quintana

2018, 2019

Ghana

LaChe Williams

2019

Guyana

Laura Bakes Gleissner

2018

Belize

Lauren Hinxmann

2017, 2018, 2019

Laos

Lee Adams

2018, 2019

Ghana

Lemora Washington

2019

Belize

Lexa Hernandez

2017, 2018, 2019

Nepal

Linda Edge

2016, 2017, 2019

India

Lizzy Bedder

2018, 2019

India

Maria Gultiano

2017, 2018

India

Marie Taylor

2017, 2018

Tanzania

Marly Chachas

2018, 2019

India

Mary Samson

2018, 2019

Nepal

Megan Thompson

2018, 2019

Uganda

Michelle Lacroix

2018, 2019

Ghana

Molly Kelleher

2019

Malaysia

Naomi Neul

2017, 2018

Cambodia

Natalie Walsh

2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022

Uganda

Nicole Freyschlag

2018, 2019

Malaysia

Rachel Luney

2018, 2019

India

Rosie Howell

2017, 2018, 2019, 2022

Cambodia

Sarah Purdue

2013, 2018, 2019

Nepal

Sarah Grant

2014-2022

Ghana

Sharon Shearer

2018, 2019

Belize

Shawnette Brown

2017, 2018, 2019

Nepal

Tanya Nero

2018, 2019, 2022

Tanzania

Taylor Hudson

2018, 2019, 2022

Ghana

Theresa Harrison

2018, 2022

Guyana

Tom Greenwood

2012-2018

India

Tom Kendall

2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Guyana

Victoria Bay

2019, 2022

Global

Simon Graffy

Co-Founder, CEO

Global

Tom Lewis

Co-Founder, Head of Product

Uganda

Charles Oloa

Partnerships Lead

Uganda

Gloria Kamusiime

Coaching Program Lead

Global

Lukasz Labedzki

Senior Software Engineer

Uganda

Priscilla Mpiriwre

Uganda Hub Manager

Global

Hannah Salt

Instructional Design

Global

Katy Sommer

Assessment Lead

Global

Nicolas Colombres

Head of Finance

Ghana

Daniel Tunyinko

Testing Analyst

Ghana

Gabriel Domoninge Naa

Testing Analyst

Global

Fred Parry

Software Engineer

Uganda

Bwayo Moses

Videographer

Global

Harvey Wilson

Videographer

Global

Denis Galich

Data and Analytics

Uganda

Honest Natukwasa

Great Stewards Of Hope

Uganda

Eleanor Nyamishana

Great Stewards Of Hope

Ghana

Joseph Donkor

GNAPS

Tanzania

Nelly Zabon

Silverleaf Academy

Tanzania

Aloyce Shirima

Silverleaf Academy

Tanzania

Richard Hacking

Silverleaf Academy

Zambia

Ian Macallan

Project Luangwa

Zambia

Deborah Ndonji

Project Luangwa

UK/ South Africa

Geoff Stead

Board Member

UK

Sarah Morton

Trustee

United States

Chaitra Murlidhar

Education Advisor

South Africa

Kevin Brown

Brand Strategy Advisor

United States

Sundar Ramamurthy

Strategy Advisor

Nigeria

Bridget Azubuike

Research Advisor

Canada

Mahlon E. Sinclair

Diversity & Inclusion

UK/ South Africa

Chris Smart

Financial Advisor

Global

Betty Temeng

Literacy Advisor

United States

Christine Giese

Curriculum Design

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