Karen Mundy

CAMFED Canada Board - Member

Dr. Karen Mundy is a Professor at the University of Toronto. She began her career as a teacher, researcher and consultant in East and Southern Africa. Since, her research has covered the global politics of “education for all”; educational policy and reform in Sub-Saharan Africa; the role of civil society organizations in educational change; and global education in Canadian schools. In 2002, Karen was described as among Canada’s 10 best educators by Time Magazine.

Karen Mundy spent four years as the Chief Technical Officer at the Global Partnership for Education, the world’s largest global fund providing more than $500 million per year to 67 developing countries. Karen was the Canada Research Chair (2002-2012) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, as well as the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation (2012-2014) and the director of the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC). Karen is a Past President of the Comparative and International Education Society (2014-2015) and presently sits on the advisory board of the Comparative Education Review.

Karen has been an external reviewer of the World Bank’s education activities in Africa; researched Canada’s aid effectiveness agenda in education; provided support to the Mastercard Foundation’s Secondary Education in Africa project; and provided research on civil society and private actors in education for the Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society (Soros) Foundation, and the International Development Research Centre. Karen has also worked with Canada’s international development agency, UNESCO, and Unicef.

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