Everyone working for Professors Without Borders is a volunteer and receives no salary for their work. This includes Directors, Staff and Volunteers. Thank you to everyone for your contributions!
Dr Caroline Varin
Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and CEO
Caroline Varin 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 is passionate about education and finding new ways to upskill, stimulate and encourage students.
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.
Tessy de Nassau
Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and President
Tessy is a Social Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Philanthropist, UNAids Ambassador, Public Speaker, Activist, and Mother.
Tessy is founder and partner of the Global consultancy ‘ Finding Butterflies’. Some of her clients’ projects include the new global partnership with the Montessori St. Nicholas Group in the UK and Vodaphone global. Tessy is also the newly appointed associate at LSEideas at the London School of Economics.
Her commitments to education can also be seen in her Foundation, Professors Without Borders – that brings top-level educators and global experts to the doorsteps of students worldwide, in order to develop talent.
Moreover, Tessy is an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and is the patron to UNA-UK. In the past, She spent five years in the Luxembourg military, during which she was deployed in Kosovo as a peacekeeper and only woman of her draft.
Tessy actively promotes a number of issues, including global health and women’s rights. She is passionate about pushing her different agendas to benefit the Sustainable Development Goals and has committed her time and energy to further the work of organisations in which she believes in. Moreover, she is actively committed to strengthening basic human rights for all and empowering young women and adolescent girls around the world. She received the Woman of the Decade award from the Women Economic Forum in January 2017, the Humanities medal for spreading humanistic ideas worldwide and the Global Empowerment Award for her work in Africa.
Tessy holds an MSc in International Studies and Diplomacy.
Co-founder of Professors Without Borders
Majeks Walker has taught and practised law since 2004. He has an LLM from UCL (Banking Law, Conflict of Law, Corporate Law and Law of Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies), and a Certificate in Law Teaching. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2006 and is a qualified SPP Mediator.
Majeks has taught law at Kaplan, and the University of Greenwich. He has also taught Criminology and Psychology at the Royal Holloway University of London. He currently lectures law at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Westminster, and at Regent’s University London.
He is a seasoned corporate trainer and provides advice and training to many multinational companies and sovereign states on various legal issues. Majeks also does a range of philanthropic work, including helping to give a voice to those that cannot afford legal representation.
Katarzyna (Kasia) is experienced in public policy strategies with more than 10 years’ experience running successful social impact campaigns and advocating on a wide range of legislative, regulatory and legal challenges. She has an outstanding record of achievement guiding the design, development, and implementation of policies and programs at the European and international levels on issues such as inequalities, financial reforms and digitalization. She was the European Commission expert advising on the reviews of the European acquis from the social perspective.
Fascinated by how technology is impacting our lives and forging new pathways for society she is involved in the discussion on future of work and digital for development at the EU level. She is currently working on a series of workshops aiming at digital transition and teaching digital skills for a social sector.
She holds law and economics degrees from Poland and the USA, as well as a diploma in political psychology from Hungary, managerial credentials from Kenya and is currently pursuing her MBA in education leadership in Finland.
Programmes Director & Trustee
Rachel specialises in short-term, intensive programmes focused on communications, essential business and academic skills, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Her belief is that education must be exciting and relevant, and this principle is the bedrock of her curriculum design and facilitation style. Rachel has worked with a variety of institutions and private and corporate clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She obtained a BA with High Distinction in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and an MSc in International Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
She spent fifteen years in business, gaining valuable experience in the finance, energy, and non-profit sectors, most notably with Goldman Sachs and the UNHCR, before returning to education. In addition, she has an extensive track record of volunteer work in the UK, Africa, and, most recently, with ProWiBo in India in 2018 and in Thailand in 2019.
Manager for Francophone Africa
Entrepreneurship consultant, trainer and facilitator, Nadine has a diverse background in social development and education. For 12 years, she has been coordinating a support service for diversity entrepreneurs in Brussels. For this committed woman, (social) entrepreneurship is one of the ways to respond to social inequalities and divisions: an effective lever that allows us to rethink the economic models of society.
Nadine has led programmes in Senegal and Guinea-Conakry since 2019 for Professors Without Borders and is excited to take on the new challenge of Manager for Francophone Africa
Jelena is a search account coordinator for Omnicom Media Group. She holds a masters in Digital Marketing Strategy from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a Bachelors in English Language and Literature from the University of Banja Luka, Bosnia. Jelena contributed extensively to Professors Without Borders, having worked as an intern each summer since 2017.
Jelena is an artist, accomplished in digital art and oils. In her free time, she writes hobby fiction, plays table top games and films travel TikToks.
Theresa is currently pursuing an MA in International Relations at Richmond The American International University in London. She received a BA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in International Affairs and Spanish. Previously, she worked at NPH USA, a global non-profit that provides homes and education to displaced children in Latin America. Theresa’s interests in international development, women’s rights, and education led her to Professors Without Borders. She is currently the Think Tank Coordinator and assisting with marketing.
Senior Projects Coordinator
Julia holds MS degree in Financial Mathematics from University of Helsinki and BEc in Entrepreneurial Economics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and speaks 6 languages. As a professional she has been active in multiple fields ranging from Property (ran a London-based Property investment fund as General manager) to Music Events (Organised European, American and World tours for famous Ukrainian and Russian artists). Currently she is based in Stockholm, Sweden and working on an Art Tech startup of her own. Julia strongly believes in the power of Education and Diversity. This belief along with her longing for more meaningfulness in her professional life, led her to ProWiBo, which she joined as Senior Programmes Coordinator and Events Manager in November 2021. Most of her free time is divided between her big family of 5 (+ a dog 🙂 ), her friends who are spread around the world and Yoga, the principles of which she tries to apply not only on the mat, but also in her daily life.
People and Projects Manager
Samantha received her MA in International Development from Richmond, the American International University in London in 2017. In the same year, she interned for Professors Without Borders for a few months and fell in love with the mission of the organization. Since then, Samantha has worked for multiple national and international non-profits focused on vulnerable populations. Most recently, Samantha moved back to the United States after relocating to Colombia to teach History and Social Studies at an international school. Samantha has returned to Prowibo as a Research Fellow for the Think Tank and a Project Manager.
Rashi is a student at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, India pursuing B.A. LL.B. (Hons.). Her academic interests include International Law and Human Rights. She is passionate about promoting women’s rights and works with a few organisations in pursuance of the same. Rashi believes that everyone should have access to education and she has the experience of teaching underprivileged children with an NGO called Sarvahitey. Her alternate interests are listening to music and playing some musical instruments.
Project Lead Online
George E. Richards is in his 17th year of service to the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies. He has been teaching at the university level for 26 years. Prior to his tenure at Edinboro University, he taught at the University of Akron, in the Indiana University system, and the University of Louisville.
Dr Richards’ maintains an active research agenda that focuses on the criminal victimization of refugees and mental illness among first responders. He has regularly published in peer-reviewed and popular publications and frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences on criminal justice-related topics. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Department of Criminology at Raksha Shakti University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India during the Spring 2019 semester. During the Summer 2019 term, Dr Richards served with Professors Without Borders as a lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In 2017, Richards was named the “Advisor of the Year” by Edinboro University. He won a similar honour in 2010 when he was selected as Edinboro University’s “Educator of the Year.” Dr Richards is also a Distinguished Lecturer of Social Equity at Edinboro University. He earned board certification in security management with the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation from the American Society for Industrial Security. Richards was the President of the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education for two terms and was a member of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. He is currently a member of the President’s Diversity Council at Edinboro University. He, his wife, and son reside in Cleveland, Ohio USA. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, golf, and camping.
People and Change Advisor
Hannah supports Prowibo as People & Change Consultant, working on organisational development and other HR-related topics. She has previously worked in People Operations at Google. She enjoys working on process improvements, employee experience, as well as learning & development. Through her background in Academia and Applied Linguistics, she has developed a passion for equal opportunity in education, as well as learning & development in professional settings and how these enable intercultural exchange across nations. Hannah holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Stockholm University, as well as an MA in English Linguistics from UCL.
Local Projects Coordinator
Project Coordinator – Nigeria
Titus Ayodele practices accountancy in London. He is an administrator of human and capital assets. He seats as director in some companies and Non-executive director in others. Holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance; a Master’s degree in Corporate Governance and Leadership.
Titus is a community interest individual. He is the secretary general, Efon Alaaye UK and Europe Association, when he was a member of the non-profit Junior Chamber International he displayed his accounting prowess to service to humanity; In Rotary International he brings his knowledge in business and his leadership skills to supporting humanitarian services. Titus strive to completion in any task he is assigned. Titus coordinated Prowibo’s first programme in Nigeria at University of Lagos in 2022.
Project Coordinator – SL
Yanoh was our Professor on Community Health and Model United Nations in Sierra Leone in summer 2017. She lives in New York City where she teaches at the New York Institute of Technology on community health. She has connections to Sierra Leone having worked for Helen Keller International in Freetown, Sustainable Development in Koinadugu, and research on Ebola in the region. She holds an MA in Public Health from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She is working with us on further developing our Sierra Leone program and creating opportunities for students.
Dr Noor Khan
Dr Noor Khan has a Masters in English from Lucknow University, Lucknow. She started her career as a lecturer in the English Department of Karamat Husain Muslim Girls’ Post-Graduate College. During her initial years of teaching, she completed her PhD in English from the same University. Thereafter she was promoted as an Associate Professor and later as the Head of the Department of English. In 2016 she became a Professor and Principal of the College. She retired from the job in June 2018.
Noor Khan has been on the examination/ selection/ interview panels of various academic institutions & universities, Banking services recruitment boards, the Ford Foundation Scholarship Programmes. She has also served in an honorary capacity on the advisory boards of government bodies such as Indian Railways & Indian Telecom Department.
She has also been involved extensively in social work for underprivileged girls’ education and empowerment. For the past decade, she has been a core team member of Sanatkada, a weaves and crafts outlet in Lucknow which promotes craftwork from women’s groups works for gender justice, social equality and upliftment of girls and women from marginalized communities.
Asia Representative and Programs Coordinator
Sipim Sornbanlang received her PhD and MPS. in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, while earlier obtaining a BA in English from Chiang Mai University. She has extensive experience working in the public and private sector, with companies and government agencies, and more recently has entered academia as a lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok.
Over the past couple of years, Sipim has served as a guest lecturer and moderator at many workshops and seminars dealing with migration, security issues for migrant workers, human trafficking, and globalization and its effects on countries and people living in Thailand and other southeast Asian countries. Sipim grew up in a rural community in northern Thailand and this experience has helped foster a deep commitment to improving human rights and human security issues; by promoting the political rights of women and migrant works. One of Sipim’s goals is to help reduce or hopefully eliminate poverty in Thailand and in other parts of the world. Much of Sipim’s work revolves on finding practical ways to improve the standard of life for people, especially for underrepresented minorities. Currently, Sipim is working to expand Prowibo’s presence in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to bring quality educational experiences to students in rural areas.