Education Sector Team

Sharon Grady is an educator in Ireland, working as a Special Education teacher in a Primary School setting for children aged 4-12 years old. Sharon has an enormous interest in inclusion, diversity and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This is Sharon’s eighth year working in the education sector. She has a keen interest in trauma-informed and trauma-responsive education. 

Sharon is currently completing a Master’s in Education. She has a Diploma in Psychology, as well as Psychotherapy and Counselling. She also has a background in IT and people management. She has a B Sc. in Information Technology from Trinity College Dublin and worked for over a decade with a large multinational company, in a management and training capacity. 

Sharon is involved in her local Scout group where she plays an active role in the informal education of 8-12 year-olds. She recently received the Scouting Ireland Bronze Merit Award for service above and beyond normal expectations. She is a member of the Literacy Association of Ireland. Sharon lives in Co Meath with her husband and two sons. 

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Anjali G Sharma is a writer, educator and a development sector enthusiast. She leads Education initiatives at Charter for Compassion, India. In the past, she has had around 13 years of work experience in the Telecom industry and start-up ecosystem with exposure to clients and cultures across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Carrying forward the corporate excellence in the development sector, she now helps Non-profits in the Education space across various domains of communication, strategy, curriculum, networking, facilitation and operations.  

When COVID struck in 2020, Anjali envisioned and executed a digital empowerment drive in collaboration with Saajha to enable underprivileged girls studying in Delhi government schools who were at the most vulnerable position. Today, the campaign while empowering girls digitally is also mentoring them closely through thoughtfully curated interventions. It is actively nurturing and raising the aspirations of these girls while also helping them walk the distance that exists between them and the life-changing opportunities. By working closely with their parents and the community, Anjali is working hard to change the mindsets that often are the biggest roadblocks for the grassroots change.  

In her strive to ensure equity in education and opportunities, Anjali has compiled an anthology named “My Act of Heart” - a diverse and inclusive work based on real acts of compassion done by children from around the world. The book scheduled to release soon worldwide is her attempt to facilitate an enabling platform that spotlights compassion as the thread that binds us all across differences and diversities. As a proud mentor, she shares that a few of the girls from Delhi government schools whom she has been mentoring will also feature in this work.  

She was felicitated with Women Achiever Award at International Womens Day 2021 and won IBM Award for Making a Difference for her efforts for the cause of education. She was a finalist at the Orange Flower Awards 2020, for Social Impact and writing about Women at work and Orange Flower Awards Finalist 2021 for writing about Women at Work.   

Her published work includes Escape Velocity (2018, an anthology by Write & Beyond) and Write in Power (2021, an anthology by Hidden Pen Collective). She contributes regularly to various online and print publications writing on social and topical issues. By-lines at Womens Web, The Logical Indian, Yourstory, Feminism in India, Different Truths and News Shuttle. 

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My name is Dilshad Virani. Currently, I’m associated with the Aga Khan Development Network as a Secondary teacher since September 2010. Previously, I was the Principal and Founding Director of a pre-school in Mumbai, India. I was the Core Faculty for Early Childhood Care and Education at the Academy for Career Enhancement (ACE) and mentored a significant number of trainee teachers during my association with ACE. I also worked with the Aga Khan Education Service. India (AKES, I) as a Programme Coordinator a long time ago. In my current organisation, I worked closely with the Primary level department as a Core Faculty for the Field Support Teacher Training Programme (FSTTP) as well as Continuous Professional Development of PL teachers. I also mentor the Student Trainee Teachers and the NQTs.

My academic credentials include a post-graduate degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Mumbai and dual degrees from the Institute of Education, University College London viz. a Masters in Teaching (MTeach) and a MA in Education specialising in Muslim Societies and Civilisations. I am a certified Early Childhood Educator as well as CELTA English language trainer. Personally, I read and reflect a lot on the topics of mysticism and spirituality. Lately, I have developed an interest in the area of Climate Change and Sustainability. I have also audited an online course on climate change and sustainable futures.  I support interfaith initiatives in different ways. Recently, I participated in the Interfaith Fun Run organised by the Faith and Belief Forum, London as well as presented a session on Ismaili devotional literature at the 2021 Parliament of the World Religions.

I am a strong advocate of research and I believe that research can help develop agency, influence, self-efficacy and voice.  It would be an honour and privilege to serve voluntarily in the Education sector with the Charter for Compassion. Thank you.

 

Rakhee Sharma is a Mindful Leadership Coach, facilitator, and motivational speaker. She is certified by Marshall Goldsmith and CCA, Canada. She is the co-founder of the Zemyna Foundation. She works as a catalyst for human flourishing and wellbeing.

Rakhee was selected for Goldman Sach’s Women Entrepreneurship Program with a full scholarship by ISB, Hyderabad. She is certified in the Women Leadership Program from Case Western Reserve University, Science of Happiness from Greater Good Science Centre, UC Berkeley, and Demystifying Mindfulness from Leiden, Netherlands. She is M.A. in Indian Classical Vocal music and B.Ed.

Rakhee is a Global Goodwill Ambassador from GGA and Ambassador with the Charter of Compassion. She is a mindfulness practitioner and teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. She is the program lead of the Compassionate Schools Network in India. For the last six years, she has been a coach and facilitator with the award-winning women's leadership program, Aparajita.

Rakhee has 18 years of experience working with companies like Rolls Royce, Genpact, Maruti, Airtel, Microsoft, AIG, Fresenius Kabi, Schneider Elec, Flipkart, Accenture, HPCL, V-Mart, Ramboll, Chowgule Shipping, ACC, Jindal Stainless Steel, HPCL, etc. She has been a motivational speaker at Vedica Scholars, Siemens, and Universities like – Symbiosis, GD Goenka, AIMS, VIT, SRKR, and JNIT.

Tara Waudby believes compassion elevates innovation and that peace begins in schools.  She is committed to shifting educational paradigms and is co-founder of the Compassion Summit, a global movement committed to building a coalition of compassionate schools.  Her additional interests include futuring, positive psychology, fostering mission-driven schools, and using a systems approach to schooling.

A TCK herself, Tara began her teaching career in Phoenix, Arizona before moving into international education where she has spent 20+ years in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Taiwan serving in numerous leadership and teaching roles including Head of School, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, High School Principal, Assistant Principal, Professional Development Coordinator, ESL Coordinator and a teacher of special education, ESL and secondary English. Tara holds an MA in Educational Leadership, an MFA in Poetry, and two graduate certificates in educational technology and future-driven schooling.  She has volunteered for ISTE as the chair-elect of the Digital Storytelling Network, for NESA as a PDAC member and for COETAIL as a coach. Currently, she serves as the Head of School of Riffa Views International School.  She is also pursuing her PhD in Education for Social Justice through the University of San Diego.  

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