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 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 three 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. Currently, Tessy lives in London with her two sons but is often travelling for her various work projects.
Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Operations
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.
Nataliya Lloyd graduated with a BSc in Economics from the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia and then completed an MSc in Finance at Birkbeck College, University of London. Nataliya worked for investment banks, blue chips and asset management companies for 15 years, before she decided to expand her areas of expertise and to follow her long-time passion – interior design. She went back to her studies at the Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London to gain her interior designer qualification. Currently, Nataliya is running her London-based business Nataliya Lloyd Interiors.
Raising two little daughters, Nataliya is very passionate about education and providing opportunities for children and adults to learn and gain confidence in their abilities and communication skills. With the latter one being one of Nataliya’s major interests as she holds a few public speaking certificates. Nataliya’s joined Prowibo in June 2020 as in her own words: “The philanthropy calling was very strong, as without a doubt, Prowibo’s mission is profound and so important and it instantly struck a chord with me. I’m honoured to be part of the team and to be able to contribute in this way”.
Learning and Careers Manager
Sara is an associate professor and part of the Leadership Team at the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS), a teacher trainer, an education and science researcher, an educational consultant, and teams and startup mentor. She also works as the Program Manager at the Lebanon IoT and AI Challenge which is a capacity building program for High School and senior university students.Sara works as an advisor at The Startup Club, helping teams and projects in the fields of Educational Technology and Instructional Design.
Sara holds a MRes. in Education and Training, a MEd. in Education and Training, a MSc. in Physical Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials, and a BS in General Chemistry. She is also certified in Front End Web Development, in Training of Trainers, and in Therapeutic Teaching for Learning Disabilities Students.
Sara was a previous Chemistry, Biology, and Physics instructor for elementary and secondary levels, a Chemistry coordinator for elementary and secondary levels, and a Math coordinator for elementary level (English and French sections).
Rebekah Sadovnikov is currently pursuing her BA in International Relations at Regent’s University London, with her research focusing on climate-related displacement. She is the founder of Nuclear Islands, a website that shares irregular migration stories, which may receive less media attention. Rebekah joined PROWIBO as the Thinktank Manager, supervising research publications, social media, and future conferences. Through her work as Thinktank Manager, Rebekah hopes to add discourse on how people from different socioeconomic backgrounds can access higher education.
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.
Darine El Zein
Darine EL Zein, is Lebanese-Ukrainian. Upon her graduation with a BA in Law and minor in political sciences in Lebanon she worked for a year and a half at a law firm before pursuing her LL.M in Commercial law [Maritime Law] in Rotterdam. She developed her passion for volunteering early on by volunteering at schools for kids with special needs and helping them acquire skills that will assist them in claiming their rightful place in society. Through her involvement with Human Rights clubs, training with Special tribunal of Lebanon on International Criminal Law as well as her work with Lebanese Coalition for Good Governance in Extractive Industries, she gained valuable knowledge on issues such as human rights, policy, advocacy, and accountability. Darine believes everyone has the potential and obligation to build a better future and education is at the core of us being able to fulfil this responsibility.
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.
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 Coordinators
Victor Warlop Piers de Raveschoot
French Language Program Coordinator
Victor is a Belgian engineering student whose goal is to apply science to find sustainable and humanistic solutions to the many problems the world is facing today. Focusing in applied physics, Victor obtained a BSc. In General Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in 2020. In September, he will pursue a Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, where he will specialise in nanotechnology. He intends to explore further possibilities for the use of nanomaterials for drug delivery or cancer detection.
Nicolas de Briey
French Language Program Coordinator
Nicolas studies medicine at the Universitate de Medicina și Farmacie Iuliu Hatieganu in România where he completed his third year. As a pediatry and internal medicine enthusiast, he is always seeking to deepen his knowledge and skills in this field. Therefore, he joined several hospital internships during summer breaks, assisting specialist in Namur, Paris and now Geneva. Nicolas considers it crucial to provide future generations with high-quality education as his personal education was life-changing and enabled him to assist in emergency practices. Therefore, Nicolas decided to join prowibo and share his knowledge with students from around the world.
Max-Olivier Van Bastelaer
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.