Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Friday 31 July 2020 - 23:00

This event took place on 29 June at 3pm, UK time.

In this last live panel debate and Q&A session, we will hear from sector leaders as we get their take on how Covid-19 is affecting global learning in the higher education sector.

This session was chaired by Maddalaine Ansell, Director of Education at the British Council, and we were joined by:

  • Stefania Giannini - Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi - authors of 'Taking Up Space: The Black Girl's Manifesto for Change'


GG2020SDE - Speakers - Maddalaine Ansell

Maddalaine Ansell

British Council

Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She began her career as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining the civil service on the fast stream. Her civil service appointments included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Home Office, DIUS and BIS, and she worked on a range of policy areas including higher and further education. Since November 2018, Maddalaine has been Director Education at the British Council.

Stefania Giannini


Stefania Giannini is UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Education. She provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO. Having studied Humanities, she was one of the first and youngest women to be Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia and has been a Senator of the Republic of Italy and Minister of Education, Universities and Research. She has also been closely involved in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

GG2020SDE - Speakers - Chelsea Kwakye

Chelsea Kwakye

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Chelsea Kwakye is a British-Ghanaian History graduate from Homerton College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she was the only black girl in her year group of around 200 people studying History. During her time at university, she was Homerton’s BME officer and Vice-President of the African-Caribbean Society. She is currently studying at the University of Law in preparation for a training contract with a city law firm in London.

GG2020SDE - Speakers - Ore Ogunbiyi

Ore Ogunbiyi

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Ore Ogunbiyi is a Nigerian-British Politics and International Relations graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she pioneered the Benin Bronze Repatriation campaign, the #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity campaign and was President of the African-Caribbean Society. 

She has since completed a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University, New York and is currently working as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Vice President of Nigeria.

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