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 PROFESSOR PLO-LUMUMBA

"Professor PLO-Lumumba is the Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and a consultant with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates, a member of the Africa Justice Group (AJG).

Prof. Lumumba whose full name is Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba was born on 17th July 1962 and raised in Usenge and Nairobi Kenya. He received his LL.B and LL.M Degrees in Law at the University of Nairobi, followed by a Doctor of Law (LL.D) in the Law of the Sea at the University of Ghent in Belgium. He holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and Bells University in Nigeria. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a certified mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). He is the Chairman of Farafina Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative of Africa based in Nigeria.

He is the former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, a former Secretary and Chief Executive of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) and a former Director and Chief Executive of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). He is a former lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UON), the United States International University (USIU Africa) and Widener University USA (Nairobi Summer School). A former and Founding Dean of The Kabarak University School of Law.

He was the Distinguished Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam for 2014.   He was the 11th Kwame Nkrumah Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana in 2016.  He was the 5th Abram Tiro Onkgopotse Lecturer at the University of Limpopo in South Africa for the year 2017. He was the Nelson Mandela Centenary Memorial Lecturer at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa in 2018. He has authored several books on diverse subjects. He was the 5th Apollo Milton Obote Memorial Lecturer in Kampala, Uganda in 2017, the 2nd Ray Phiri Memorial Lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga in South Africa and the inaugural of Samora Moises Machel Memorial in Maputo, Mozambique in 2021. 

With several thousand speeches on diverse subjects delivered in and outside Kenya, Lumumba is recognized as one of the leading public speakers in Kenya and across the African Diaspora. Prof. Lumumba is also the founder of several organizations including the PLO Lumumba Foundation, a charitable organization that has been in operation since 1990, The Association of the Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC) and Movement for Dialogue and Non-Violence (MODAN). He has also been twice recognized as one of the 100 most influential Africans."

Professor Esther Care

Esther Care works with government and non-government organisations on education reform, with a focus on 21st century skills and assessment. She was coordinator for pilot of a new indicator of SDG 4.7, and works with UNESCO on the substance of global citizenship in Asia. She is working with ReLi in East Africa on assessment of life skills through the AliVE initiative, and is currently Team Leader for an Asian Development Bank study on EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in the Philippines. In recent years Esther has collaborated with UNICEF Indonesia on student assessment of 'karakter' for the national assessments; has concluded work with Myanmar on their national assessment system; and with UNICEF on Sri Lanka's education reforms.
From a career in academia spanning 20 years at the University of Melbourne, Esther moved to Washington DC late in 2015 to work with the Brookings Institution as Senior Fellow to continue her exploration of the 21st century skills global shift in education. Her expertise lies in psycho-educational assessment, expanding to the mainstream education sector over the past decade. She is the editor of several books focussed on 21st century skills, as well as writer of many academic articles on psycho-educational assessment, formative assessment, education system reform, and collaborative problem solving. In the last decade Esther has worked extensively with country partners in the Philippines, where she was founding director of a collaborative research centre designed to build capacity in education system reform; in Cambodia, Nepal and Mongolia; and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia and Zambia. Professor Esther Care maintains her links with the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Fellow.

Susan Douglas CBE

Senior Adviser, Schools, British Council

Chief Executive Office, The Eden Academy Trust

Since leaving school headship in 2006, Susan has held a number of key roles with a variety of national and international organisations. She currently shares her time between the Eden Academy Trust and the British Council.

As CEO of the Eden Academy Trust, Susan is responsible for its strategic vision and direction. The Trust comprises 9 schools and settings in West London and the north of England, all of which have been judged as good or outstanding. Susan was instrumental in the founding and development of the Trust which provides education for children aged 3-19 with a range of complex needs.

In her position as Senior Adviser at the British Council, Susan provides sector expertise and advice to a wide number of educational programmes involving ministries of education, school leaders and teachers across approximately 40 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She has particular interest in leadership and professional development, and inclusion.

Susan is a Trustee of the National Federation of Educational Research (NFER) and the Confederation of School Trusts (CST). She was awarded a CBE for Services to Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2021.

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