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Rebecca Winthrop

Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution


Rebecca Winthrop is an international expert on global education. Her work focuses on promoting high quality learning opportunities for children and youth across the developing world. She advises governments, international institutions, foundations, civil society organizations and corporations on education and development issues. She has published widely on a range on topics, including scalable strategies for reaching the marginalized, supporting teachers living in difficult contexts, education system reform for global citizenship and 21st century competencies, and girls' education. She has worked in numerous countries to advance education from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Kosovo and Croatia to Uganda and Liberia. She has served as an advisor on key initiatives of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Global Partnership for Education, US First Lady Michelle Obama, UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown, among others.