Annelies Ollieuz

Annelies Ollieuz
Global Education Adviserm Norwegian Refugee Council 
Annelies Ollieuz is Global Education Adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). She has more than 10 years’ experience from the education sector, both in development and humanitarian contexts, and in Norway. As an Education in Emergencies specialist, she has focused particularly on setting up and/or strengthening coordination mechanisms in acute and protracted crises, in support of the national Ministry of Education, and bringing together all other national and international Education in Emergencies organisations around a common plan and standards. In her current role with NRC, she is responsible for programme development, country support 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.


Shereen Eldaly 
Coordination Officer, Education in Crisis Situations Unit, UNESCO
Shereen Eldaly currently holds the position of Coordination Officer in the Education in Crisis Situations unit at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States. Prior to UNESCO, she worked with different UN agencies and NGOs in the fields of education, protection, conflict resolution and resource management. She has a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Montreal, as well as a degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University.


Charlotte Balfour-poole, 
Senior Humanitarian Education Adviser, Save The Children
Charlotte is the Senior Humanitarian Education Advisor for Save the Children where she heads up Save the Children’s Education in Emergencies team. She is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the education in emergencies strategy, programming and capacity development across the sector ensuring the delivery of high quality, timely and accountable humanitarian education responses in all large scale emergencies. Previously she worked as an emergency education specialist in Save the Children’s emergency response team, deploying to emergency situations (natural disasters, conflict zones and complex emergencies) to develop, establish and manage emergency education response programmes. Charlotte has also worked as the Education Cluster Coordinator in Haiti, Kyrgyzstan and Ethiopia, where she was been responsible for the coordination of humanitarian actors, including the Ministry of Education to deliver education in emergencies. She has been deployed to a number of emergencies across the globe including to Chad, Kenya, DRC, Pakistan, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Nairobi where she was supporting the Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia programmes on the drought response and she is currently supporting the Syria regional response and inside Syria response. Charlotte also has a special interest in supporting children with disabilities and children who are excluded or vulnerable in emergencies. She holds an MSc in Child Development from UCL-IOE.


Annina Mattsson
Acting Director of Programs
Dubai Cares 

Annina Mattsson is the Acting Director of Programs in Dubai Cares and the technical manager of monitoring, evaluation and learning since 2016. She is responsible for the validation and strengthening of Dubai Cares’ internal Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning processes, as well as leading on program design in coordination with program officers and external partners as well as leading and strengthening Dubai Cares’ research portfolio and continuous internal capacity development and mentorship. Annina worked as an independent development and humanitarian aid consultant focusing on M&E and Policy for 2 years prior to joining Dubai Cares’. She also worked as an Area Manager and Evaluation Consultant at Channel Research and as an International Advocacy Officer in the United Nations Association of International Service in Ramallah, Palestine. Annina holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution from SOAS University of London and a BA in European Studies and Civilization from king’s College London.


Dean Brooks
Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

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 15 years he has focused his work on Education in Emergencies (EiE) and child protection in number settings including East and West Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Most recently, he 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.


Justin Van Fleet 
Chief of Staff
Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Justin van Fleet is the Director of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity and Chief of Staff to the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Business Coalition for Education and works with the UK children’s charity founded by Sarah Brown, Theirworld. He was previously a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education in Washington, D.C. where his research focused on corporate social investments and philanthropy for global education. van Fleet graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in international education policy and holds a Master degree from Harvard University in the same field.


Saeed Hersi
Head of OCHA Gulf Liaison Office
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Saeed Hersi is currently the Head of OCHA Gulf Liaison Office. He is also the former Representative for the Norwegian refugee Council (NRC) to the African Union (AU) Headquarter in Addis Ababa. He established NRC’s partnership programs with the AU and in the Gulf. Prior to this., Mr. Hersi was managing the NRC relief and recovery program for South & Central Somalia, which provided Shelter, Food Security, WASH, and Education interventions to the IDPs, disaster stricken communities, and host communities. Earlier and from 2006 to 2008, Mr. Hersi worked in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) as an Education Specialist with UNICEF. During this period, he has been implementing UNICEF’s Education projects together with the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Education in Gaza and West Bank. Hersi has also been with the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, oPt as the Head of Research, Analysis & Information division (RAI). Mr Hersi and through his work in oPt, Somalia, and Chad, developed experiences and knowledge on principled relief operations, protection, humanitarian programming in conflict zone, conflict dynamic, and negotiation/communication. From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Hersi has been working with the Education Authority in Oslo, Norway as a Pedagogical Psychological Adviser. Mr. Hersi holds a Master of Arts in Pedagogy and concluding his second master in Peace and Security in Africa in the Institute for Peace and Security Studies in Addis Ababa University.