The Promise of HTHT
  • Amy Bellinger

    Lead of the Education Workforce Initiative (EWI) and HTHT Initiative of Education Commission

    Amy has established and has been leading the Education Workforce Initiative (EWI) and the High Touch High Tech (HTHT) Initiative for the Education Commission. As EWI Lead she has overseen the research and launch of the global Transforming the Education Workforce Report, worked with governments and partners to analyse and design new ways to transform the workforce in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Vietnam and is now leading a new phase focused on school leadership, learning teams and data driven workforce planning. As HTHT Lead, Amy oversaw the prototype project in Vietnam, oversees a new pilot in Uruguay and is establishing the HTHT for All global consortium. Amy is also a Strategic Adviser for the DeliverEd Initiative and the forthcoming Global Education Institute, all part of the Education Commission. Amy was previously Head of International Education at Ark and comes from a management consulting background.
  • Marcelo Perez Alfaro

    Lead Education Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Marcelo Pérez Alfaro is a Lead Education Specialist at the Interamerican Development Bank. He worked in wide range of countries in the region, like Suriname, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil and currently in Uruguay, leading the policy dialogue, project design and execution. He also coleads the education digital transformation agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Marcelo has also wide experience in strategic planning and budget in large social programs agencies like the Social Security Board and the Health Care Agency for Pensioners He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard´s Kennedy School of Government de la Universidad de Harvard, a Postgraduate in Economy at the Universidad Di Tella and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the Universidad Católica Argentina.
  • Gouri Gupta

    Project Director of EdTech at Central Square Foundation

    Gouri leads the Central Square Foundation’s work in the area of Education Technology. CSF is working to leverage the power of technology to improve foundational learning for young children and provide remediation support in upper primary and middle school. Gouri is part of many national and international forums on the use of technology for learning.
    Prior to joining the Foundation, Gouri was part of the early leadership team at the National Skill Development Corporation, a PPP created with the objective of funding private sector initiatives in the skill development space. At the Corporation, Gouri worked on identifying opportunities for investments, developing the research base for skills and conceptualising and implementing state level projects. Prior to the NSDC, Gouri was a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group and did extensive work in the Financial Services domain across areas of strategy, operations and transformation.
    Gouri is a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a MBA from IIM Bangalore.
  • Carmen Strigel

    Director of Technology for Education and Training at RTI International

    Carmen Strigel’s work in RTI’s International Development Group focuses on the intersection of neuroscience, technology, and learning. She designs, implements, and researches technology that enhances learning, builds capacity, and facilitates information-based decision-making. Dr. Strigel’s passion lies in teacher development and the pedagogic integration of technology with a focus on supporting learning for children with diverse needs. Illustratively, she led groundbreaking research in Ethiopia implementing a technology-supported intervention to measurably improve teachers’ inclusive instructional practices for children with vision or hearing difficulties in regular classrooms.
    Dr. Strigel designed TangerineTM, open source software that facilitates electronic data collection, continuous student assessment, and program monitoring. To date, Tangerine has been deployed in over 60 countries and 100 languages. She also spearheads RTI’s work in game-based assessment of employability skills and contributes to RTI’s research on sensors and assessments.
  • Brajesh Panth

    Chief of Education Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Brajesh Panth is the Chief of Education Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He provides technical leadership to the education sector group (EdSG) in ADB, leads the preparation of the EdSG work plan, and facilitates collaboration across sector and thematic groups in ADB and with external partners. He has over 25 years of progressive experience as project team leader, head of project administration unit, lead education specialist, and chief of EdSG, in the education sector including sector assessment, project processing, implementation, evaluation, and policy dialogue, covering all levels—primary, secondary, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and higher education. Besides coordinating and contributing to several publications, Mr. Panth has made several presentations in different fora and contributed to policy analysis, policy dialogue, and analytical work pertaining to different aspects of education reform. He holds masters and doctorate degrees in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, USA.