Global Education Event Speaker Bios


2020 Educator Exchange – Expressing Gratitude

2020 Educator Exchange – Expressing Gratitude

As COVID-19 continues to spread, these are challenging times for people around the world.  We want to take the time to express gratitude to everyone who helped...

A Visit to the LEAP School in Langa Township

A Visit to the LEAP School in Langa Township

By Candis Cousins Summer, 2019 By the time I finally walked through the doors of the LEAP School for Science and Maths in Langa Township in Cape Town last summer,...

Teach With Africa and Global Teachers Institute: Impactful Partnership

Teach With Africa and Global Teachers Institute: Impactful Partnership

Many of you had the opportunity to meet our Educator Exchange interns at the 12th Annual ‘Expanding our Horizons’ Gala last March, during their month-long...

The Global Education Grant launches at the 12th Annual Gala!

The Global Education Grant launches at the 12th Annual Gala!

Created by founders, Zachary Lara and Sonya Yu, this grant is helping Teach with Africa to increase its reach to include early childhood development and education...


Dr. Jonathan Jansen
Vice-Chancellor and Rector, University of the Free State, South Africa

Prof. Jonathan Jansen was appointed as Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State on 1 July 2009.  He is an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, received an honorary doctorate in Education from the Cleveland State University, USA in 2010 and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World (TWAS) in the same year. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the National Research Foundation (NRF).

He is a Fulbright Scholar to Stanford University (2007-2008), former Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria (2001-2007) and an Honorary Doctor of Education from the University of Edinburgh. He is a former high school Biology teacher, who completed his undergraduate education at the University of the Western Cape (B.Sc.), his teaching credentials at UNISA (HED, B.Ed.), and his postgraduate education in the USA (MS, Cornell; Ph.D., Stanford).

His most recent books are We Need To Talk (2011, Pan MacMillan), Knowledge in the Blood (2009, Stanford University Press), while he has also co-authored Diversity High: Class, Color, Character and Culture in a South African High School (2008, University Press of America). In these and related works he examines how education leaders balance the dual imperatives of reparation and reconciliation in their leadership practice. Knowledge in the Blood received an outstanding book recognition award from the American Educational Research Association. His co-authored book Curriculum: Organizing knowledge for the classroom is in its second edition.

Prof. Jansen serves as Vice-President of the South African Academy of Science and from this vantage point leads three major studies on behalf of the academy, including an inquiry on the role of the South African Ph.D. in the global knowledge economy and another investigation into the future of the humanities in South Africa.

He recently served on the boards of bodies such as the Centre for the Study of the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia; the International Commission on the Child of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Washington D.C., USA); and as member of the general assembly, International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum, among others.

He has served as international consultant to UNESCO, the World Bank, the governments of Namibia and Zimbabwe, USAID, SIDA (Swedish), CIDA (Canadian), the European Union (EU), Germany, the Netherlands, DFID (UK) and the USA (through agencies such as the Academy for Educational Development in Washington D.C.). He has served as national consultant to SAQA, the CHE, HESA, the HSRC, SAMDI (now PALAMA), and the NRF. He has also worked closely with embassies of various countries represented in Pretoria, especially the Latin American representatives.

He has chaired ministerial committees on further education and training (appointed by Minister Kader Asmal) and (currently) school evaluation and teacher appraisal (appointed by Minister Naledi Pandor). In addition, he has advised provincial governments on school change.

Prof. Jansen has extensive experience in higher education as professor, head of department, dean, (acting) deputy vice-chancellor and, at the two South African universities he worked at, as senate representative on the council (UDW and UP). He has chaired committees at all levels of the university, and does extensive training for deans and for young scholars.  He works closely with the business community on matters of education and training and is a non-executive director of ADvTech, a major provider of private education in South Africa.

John Gilmour
Founder & Director, LEAP Science and Maths Schools, South Africa

Lifelong educator and champion for the rights of children to equality in education, John is the founder and director of the LEAP Science & Maths School (founded 2004), with six campuses across South Africa, including two in Cape Town, and one each in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Diepsloot, and Limpopo. A visionary and educational entrepreneur, John Gilmour established the LEAP School with the aim to bring about major transformation in the lives of disadvantaged young people, as well as the communities from which they come. John focused on a “full immersion” model where students are given virtually double the normal classroom time on a full-time basis, with the specific objective of the students achieving university exemption with science and maths on the higher grade. He also ensured that a mentoring process is built into the LEAP program and insisted on developing community partnerships as key to the success of the students, who all come from extremely economically and socially disadvantaged communities. John has held numerous teaching and administrative positions; prior to his post as the principal of Abbott’s College, a leading university prep high school in South Africa, he was a teacher at Pinelands High School where he started a support-tuition program in 1990 for students in the township of Langa. John serves as the chairman of the Board of Bridge, an educational reform initiative that he started  in 2009 (with Dr Mamphele Ramphele) with the idea of a solution to scale working practices through linking successful innovations for effective practice, high-level dialogues and action-based research. John is also the co-founder of the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition that incorporates fourteen schools in South Africa working innovatively with high expectations and towards best practice with children from extreme poverty in South Africa. John holds a B.A. in English, Geography and Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Certificate in PGCSE in Senior Education.

Wanda Holland Greene
Head of School, The Hamlin School

Wanda M. Holland Greene has been the head of The Hamlin School (San Francisco, CA) since July 2008.  She is a former trustee of Concord Academy (Concord, MA) and The Chapin School (New York, NY) and a current trustee of Lick-Wilmerding High School and the National Association of Independent Schools. A native New Yorker, Ms. Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned her bachelors degree from Columbia College (New York, NY) in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a minor in Psychology.  She earned her masters degree in curriculum design from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1991.  She returned to The Chapin School in 1990 to teach Grade 3 and later became the school’s first Dean of Students.  In 1997, Ms. Holland Greene moved to Boston, MA to assume the role of Middle School division head at The Park School in Brookline.  She worked at Park for 11 years, also serving as Acting Head of School for six months and Assistant Head of School during her final four years.

Dr. Edward Kujawa
Dean, School of Education & Counseling Psychology, Dominican Univ. of CA

Dr. Kujawa is the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California. A passionate educator, he has also served as the Dean of the School of Business, Education and Leadership and has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching and leadership. His focus includes accreditation, models of excellence, teacher training and mentorship/leadership. Dr. Kujawa holds his Ph.D. in curriculum development from the University of Michigan, his M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Toledo, and his B.Ed. in Mathematics (Major) and Science (Minor) also from the University of Toledo. Dr. Kujawa is a past member of the Board of Teach With Africa and several of his students have participated as TWA Fellows in South Africa since 2008.

Dr. Amina Mama
Professor/Director of Women and Gender Studies Program, UC Davis

Dr. Amina Mama is currently the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at UC Davis. Professor Mama was the first Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women’s Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, California. She previously held fulltime positions at academic institutions in the Netherlands (The Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, from 1989-1991), Britain (The Development and Project Planning Centre at the University of Bradford) and South Africa, where she served for ten years as the first Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute. While at the University of Cape Town, she initiated the flagship graduate program in Gender Studies and led a series of continent-wide research, curriculum development and publication projects. Dr. Mama serves as the founding editor of Africa’s first continental feminist scholarly journal ‘Feminist Africa’.  Dr. Mama’s interests are feminist theory, activist research methodologies, women’s movements, international development studies, militarism, social transformation, organisational development and the politics of knowledge production and higher education. She has led and conducted gender research in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa, and is currently working with colleagues on a transnational feminist project on militarism, conflict and women’s activism.

Dr. Joel Samoff
Professor of African Studies, Stanford University

As an experienced educator, researcher, and evaluator, with a background in history, political science, and education, Joel Samoff studies and teaches about education and development. From Kilimanjaro coffee farmers in Tanzania to militant bus drivers in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the education activists of South Africa and Namibia, the orienting concern of his work has been understanding how people organize themselves to transform their communities. A faculty member at the Center for African Studies at Stanford University, he has also been a faculty member at the Universities of California, Michigan, and Zambia and has taught in Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in 2005. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in 2005 and currently chairs the International Advisory Council of the University of the Free State in South Africa. Concerned with public policy as well as research, and especially with the links between them, Samoff works regularly with international agencies involved in African education. For the past several years he has served as the principal adviser for the multi-agency, multi-country Joint Evaluation of External Support to Basic Education. Over the past few years he has worked with the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, OER Africa, and the South African Institute for Distance Education. He is the North America Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Comparative Education Review and Development and Change. He is the North America Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development and serves on the editorial boards of the Comparative Education Review, the Journal of Educational Research in Africa, and the Southern African Review of Education

Dr. William H. Worger
Professor of History, UCLA

William H. Worger specializes in the social and economic history of southern Africa. A New Zealander by birth,  since coming to the United States in 1975 he has worked on historical representations of the Zulu king, Shaka, the 19th century industrial origins of 20th century South African racial discrimination, and the history of apartheid. Prior to coming to UCLA in 1989, he taught at Stanford University for three years, and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for two. With his fellow historian and wife, Nancy Clark, he is now engaged on developing educational linkages with South Africa, particularly in working collaboratively to train a new generation of university scholars whose work is based in a strong appreciation of the social and economic challenges facing youth in South Africa. During Summer 2011 he and Nancy, along with 29 university students from four University of California campuses as well as from Louisiana State University, traveled to South Africa and worked in community engagement projects as well as visited the students of the LEAP school in Cape Town, and the students at the Oprah Winfrey school near Johannesburg in pursuit of developing long term educational linkages.


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