Advisory Panel

We work with leading academics, experts and researchers to stay ahead of the game.

Our Advisory Panel shapes our research and methodology. They also keep us informed of the latest developments in research. They play a critical role in ensuring what we do is aligned to the needs of the future workforce.

Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson

Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Academic Director of its Centre for Educational Leadership

She is the author of five books and numerous chapters and journal articles on school improvement, leadership and the relationship between research and the improvement of practice. She currently leads an evidence-based international research and development programme on the leadership capabilities required for networked and individual school improvement.
Viviane has consulted on leadership policy and development to professional and government bodies in England, Norway, Singapore, Chile, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has received awards from national and international professional and academic organisations including the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the New Zealand Secondary Principals Association and the US-based University Council on Educational Administration. In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for sustained excellence in educational research. In 2016 she won the Mason Durie Medal which is awarded by the by the Royal Society of New Zealand to “a pre-eminent social scientist whose research has made an international impact.”

Viviane’s latest book is called Reduce Change to Increase Improvement.

Peter McAteer

CEO of Corporate University Research (CUR) and Managing Director of Top5 Learning

Peter was a member of the Executive Committee for Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) that oversees the Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining Harvard Business Publishing, McAteer was Chief Learning Officer and Director of the Learning Resources Center for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), supporting 30 service lines in 156 countries. Peter also managed the UNDP Knowledge Management fund and served on the Board of Governors for the United Nations Staff College.

Professor Louise Stoll

London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education, University of London

Louise’s research and development activity focuses on how schools, districts and national systems create capacity for learning and improvement, with particular emphasis on creative leadership, leadership development, professional learning communities and learning networks. She has also explored some of these issues in the health and other public sectors. Louise is committed to finding ways to help make better connections between research and practice, and particularly enjoys working with school principals and other leaders. A former President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement, she is part-time Professor at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London and a freelance researcher and international consultant. She started her career as a teacher in Inner London, and also spent six years working in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Sherriden Masters

Director of Technologies and Innovation American International School, Chennai

Sherriden holds a Ph.D in Technology Enhanced Learning, from the Learning Sciences Research Institute at The University of Nottingham, UK. He has driven discussion at various bodies of innovation, from the Teaching and Learning Committees of HEI’s, to the boards of Ministers for Education. Working with teams across South East Asia, Europe and India, his planning insight brings about systematic and sustainable change, with the use of effective data and analytics research methods.

Syed Ali Abbas

Syed Ali Abbas

Global HR leader in Fashion eCommerce, Global Fashion Group

Syed is a HR ‘guru’ with extensive experience in Human Resources in SE Asia. He is an executive member of the Singapore Human Resources Institute. He is currently Group HR Director for the Global Fashion Group, acting as strategic advisor to the 5 group companies around the world.

Dr. Taghreed Alsaraj

Head of e-Learning Content Development , Takamol Upskilling Unit – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj is currently Head of e-Learning Content Development at Takamol in Saudi Arabia. In her department, she creates online training courses to upskill the Saudi youth to help them get a job. Dr. Taghreed is a best-selling author, an international educational consultant, women leadership coach, and an international public speaker.She has extensive experience in researching including being a Post Doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and has lived and worked in various setting around the world: Europe, North America, South Asia, and the Middle East.

Her areas of expertise include research, teacher training, program analysis, and problem-solving for different educational institutions around the world.