STIR is a not-for-profit organisation registered as a charity in the UK. The team is a vibrant group of 140 professionals working in 7 offices: London, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kampala and New York. We have been growing rapidly just to respond to the growth we've seen and are currently building our organisation capacity in areas such as people development and finance. We try to be a learning organisation and try to learn and iterate, and be open and honest when we make mistakes (there have been many over the past years).
We don't have all the answers upfront.
Instead, we empower people: with high expectations and support, we'll find answers together.
We'll continually listen, reflect, learn and improve –
and lead through whatever obstacles come our way.
We're united by a shared belief, passion and vision –
which we'll build, achieve and grow together.
Sharath Jeevan served as Founding CEO of Teaching Leaders, an initiative to raise attainment in the UK’s most disadvantaged schools, which is expanding to 700 schools nationally and has attracted over £15 million in scale-up funding. He was also previously CEO of online aid marketplace GlobalGiving.co.uk, which has pioneered new tools for supporting grassroots NGO innovation through technology and innovative corporate partnerships, from Standard Chartered to Google. Sharath was formerly Head of Social Ventures at eBay UK; a Project Leader at international strategy consultants Booz & Co; and a Senior Manager at NGO Action Aid. His education includes a First Class Economics Degree from Cambridge University, MSt from Oxford University, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.
James Townsend is responsible for developing the STIR programme. James has previously held roles with Teach First as Associate Director of New Projects and he was also Director, Youth Philanthropy Initiative at the Institute for Philanthropy, providing secondary school students with a hands-on experience of community giving. Prior to that James taught History at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets as part of inaugural Teach First cohort. James graduated from New College, Oxford University with a degree in Modern History
Tomos Davies is responsible for STIR’s Operations. Prior to joining STIR Tomos Davies worked at Teach For India as their Chief Operating Officer, at Teach For All as a Director and at Teach First as the London Director. After graduating from Cambridge University Tomos Davies joined the Teach First programme in 2006 and taught Science at Wembley High Technology College. He is also a school governor and charity trustee.
Sandeep Mishra is responsible for leading the STIR India Team. With experience in Education and Child Protection, he joined STIR Education from AzimPremji Foundation where he was responsible for designing programmes around Education Leadership & Management and Philosophy of Education. His previous assignments include association with USAID- School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program, Save the Children and National Coalition for Education. Sandeep is M. Phil. in Applied Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and working on his Doctoral thesis in same domain.
Eva Namukwaya has more than 17 years experience managing in education management, teacher training, project/program management; partnership and networking. She was previously an Education Specialist with PEAS. Eva joined us as a of Head of Programmes and is now the Uganda Country Director. She will be leading our growth in this exciting new chapter in our journey. Eva holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Ethics & Public Management from Makerere University.
Anamika is responsible for managing Global Finance and Administration function for STIR. Prior to STIR Anamika has a working experience of 18 years in overseeing financial management systems with premier organizations International NGOs, United Nations and Corporates. She has volunteered for various start up NGOs in building financial systems and provided capacity building trainings. Her areas of professional expertise includes strategic financial planning, development of financial processes and systems, working capital management and building up reserves, budgeting/forecasting, financial reporting/modelling, project management, setting up of new offices and conducting feasibility studies for entering new countries. A true problem-solver, leader and consensus-builder Anamika has extensive experience in multi-site and multi-currency environment. Her Administrative and management skills added to financial management is a plus. She holds a Masters degree in Financial Management and has undertaken various international training certifications in the similar field. She is passionate to be a part of "the change that matters” !
Nithyambika is a lawyer by qualification and received her Master’s Degree from the George Washington University Law School. She began her career at the Government Accountability Project, Washington D.C as an International Law Fellow following it up with a short stint at Raptor Design, a tech start-up, as Corporate Counsel. In Bangalore, she was Legal Counsel for Sasken Communication Technologies leading contract drafting and negotiations. Nithyambika transitioned into the social sector with an interest to work at the intersection of law, policy and development. This led her to Dream A Dream, where she managed their Partnerships and Teacher Development Program. She's passionate about empowerment and innovative solutions for social change
Rein oversees STIR’s monitoring and evaluation work, as well as the application of evidence to inform strategic planning and to impact education policy. Previously, Rein worked on the design and evaluation of education programs in Botswana, Cameroon, Malawi, South Africa, and South Korea. These ranged from early childhood interventions to adult refugee education. Rein also worked with the United Nations Global Compact on private sector engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals. Rein holds a M.A. in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an Ed.M. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
John leads on the design of STIR's programmes for both teachers and government officials. He was previously an assistant headteacher at a secondary school in west London, and led professional development for secondary school teachers for United Learning, one of the largest school trusts in England. He also has worked internationally, having advised on teacher training programmes in Sri Lanka, India and China. John holds a degree in Spanish and Theology from the University of St Andrews and a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Leeds.
Raahat has previously worked as a communications consultant, writer and editor for Article 19, ROLE UK and Amnesty International; developing communications strategy and working across civil liberties, human rights and campaigns on gender justice. Prior to this she worked in academic publishing with the Aga Khan University.
Raahat has a broad range of experience that covers editorial policy, content development, digital media, academic publishing, campaigns and advocacy communications.
Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies and a Master’s degree from SOAS in Islamic Societies and Cultures. She is interested in pluralist and inter-disciplinary approaches to social issues and is currently pursuing a second MSc in Psychology.
Jonathan Robert Owen is one of the founders of Teach First, one of the UK’s most successful education charities, as well as Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders. He has also founded Start Up, which gets offenders to start their own businesses on release from prison. He is the author of ten management books, including How to Lead and Tribal Business School. He has built a business in Japan, started a bank and was a partner at Accenture.
Andy Hansen works at the British Council – the UK’s international cultural relations body. The organisation works in more than 100 countries worldwide, building trust and opportunity for the UK and other countries through cultural and educational links. His work focuses on links between social and legal sectors in the UK and other countries.
As Director of Social Entrepreneurship with Fossil, David leads the Fossil Foundation’s global grants program, with an emphasis on unleashing the potential of underserved youth. With more than 20 years in philanthropy and NGO leadership and many years in the field, David’s experience brings a multifaceted toolkit of skills in sourcing, evaluating and measuring opportunities from an impact perspective. Most recently, David served as Principal and Senior Program Officer for the Skoll Foundation. David has also worked with the Goldman Environmental Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Field Museum of Chicago.
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