Jo Beall is Director Education and Society and a member of the Executive Board at the British Council. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Jo’s past roles include Professor of Development Studies at the LSE and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town. She is a specialist in international education, international development, and cities in fragile and conflict situations, and a regular speaker at major conferences in these fields. Her work has taken her to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with extensive periods of research in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. She has written numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics including governance and civil society, women and development, and cities and fragile states. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University.