Panelist Bios ‘Deconolisiation’ in Higher Ed Webinar

Caroline Varin 

Caroline Varin is the co-founder and CEO of Professors Without Borders. She holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, an LLM in International Law from the Universita di Bologna, Italy, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a lecturer, a mentor and a tutor in Europe and the UK, the United States and in Central America. Caroline has experience managing projects, organizing conferences and developing communication strategies for a variety of clients and sectors in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She has also written a wide variety of articles on international security issues, has five books in print and regularly consults with governments and academic institutions. Caroline has lectured at Regent’s University London, Richmond University, and the London School of Economics among others.

Chandni Hirani

Chandni Hirani is currently a lecturer of Entrepreneurship and International Business & Trade at the African Leadership University in Rwanda. She has spent her career working across the social sector having run a renewable energy business in Kenya as well as having worked as an impact evaluator for a skills gap reduction program for the Lagos State government in Nigeria. Chandni has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester and a Masters Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics.

Chiedza Mutsaka Skyum

Chiedza Mutsaka Skyum is a lecturer at the African Leadership University and based in Kigali, Rwanda guiding classrooms of students from all over the African continent. Previously, she was based in Bangkok, Thailand coordinating a programme in International Relations for the Netherlands-based NHL-Stenden University’s branch campus, receiving students from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Chiedza has an on-going passion for working with re-shaping the mindsets of young people towards a self-aware, self-determined, self-motivated future. She has spent time in the NGO sector doing research and/or designing and facilitating livelihood workshops with Urban Refugees. In 2012, Chiedza became Founder & Director of ‘Bangkok Rising,’​ a women’s community organisation in Bangkok that organises awareness & funds-raising campaigns/events for the Elimination of gender based violence. In August 2019, she joined the African Leadership university as part of the Global Challenges Faculty, mentoring, facilitating & designing the learning experience for Africa’s future leaders.

Ed Gonsalves

Ed Gonsalves is a lecturer at Regent’s University, London. He specialises in the design, development and delivery of senior executive programs for high performance teams in entrepreneurial and large firms. He holds a number of directorships, advises, consults and publishes in the area of strategic and entrepreneurial learning. He is currently working in the area of corporate play and decision-making in uncertain and ambiguous settings. He holds a M.Ed. Foundations of Open and Distance Education from Open University Business School and an M.Sc. Management Science and Operations Research from Warwick University Business School. Currently, he is the director at The Cooplexity Instiute, an Oxford-based organization that promotes and disseminates expertise about the Cooplexity model- a collaborative, social model of complex decision-making in strategically uncertain and ambiguous environments.