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Claire is an experienced senior leader, inclusion expert and Paralympian. Formerly the Head of Inclusive Leadership at KPMG, she has experience in both the public and private sector. Claire combines her interpersonal skills with her approach as a pro-active and personable leader to empower individuals to take ownership and implement meaningful change.
In 2008, an accident changed the course of her life and left her with a disability. Unable to continue in her role within the criminal justice system, she returned to work as Young Adult Policy Lead in the Ministry of Justice then later as Head of Corporate Responsibility and Culture at the FSA.
Claire became CEO of Diversity Role Models in 2017 and later in 2018 started work as an independent consultant under her own brand Anatta. She now supports global organisations, government agencies, NGOs, charities, universities and schools to create environments in which people thrive and develop the skills to be ready for the future of work and leadership.
In 2017, Claire was awarded an MBE for her services to sport and inclusion. She has represented Great Britain in the Athletics World Championships and Paralympics and continues to play a core role as part of the Team GB sitting volleyball team.
In the fast changing and volatile world that we now live in, it can be overwhelming to think about how you can prepare yourself and others to thrive. Claire will draw on her experience of the journey to the Paralympics 2012 to show you that the most important skill you have to create brilliance is simpler than you think.
Mam-Yassin is the co-founder and director of Starfish International, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to advance humanity through girls’ education and provides international service-learning opportunities in The Gambia, West Africa. The organisation’s approach to solving the under-development and poverty that characterises its community has been to educate girls who are high-achieving and at risk of dropping out of middle and high school. Its strategy focuses on providing scholarships to enable the girls to continue their education whilst also teaching them how to start their own small businesses, even as they are still in high school. The girls are also required to pay back the scholarship through service projects they carry out within their communities.
Mam-Yassin will be speaking on how to raise leaders from students that have either been overlooked, such as students from low income families, or students that have been failed by the system, such as those that did not pass tests or traditional academically rigorous exercises.
Ruchira is Principal at Sancta Maria International School and was formerly the Regional Director of the South Asia region at Cambridge Assessment International Education, where she was responsible for the sustainable growth of Cambridge International schools, programmes and qualifications in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Prior to Cambridge International, Ruchira held several leadership roles at the British Council, including Head of Business Development for Schools, where she was responsible for the expansion of the British Council’s flagship programme ‘Connecting Classrooms’ and developing a strong network of school ambassadors. Ruchira has in-depth understanding in areas related to school and international curriculum. She is also passionate about working with teachers and believes that, given the right learning opportunities, every teacher can do wonders in class.
In her current role, Ruchira applies learning from her time with Cambridge International to focus on quality teaching and learning and developing strong and constructive relationships within the school community. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Delhi University, a Master’s in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Master’s in Arts from the University of Cambridge. Ruchira’s interests are wide-ranging and include cognitive research, learning strategies, school leadership, formative assessment and differentiated learning.
It took a village to raise a child in the past. It still takes a village to raise a child. Only the village is now known as ‘community’ and its constituents, ‘stakeholders’. If we genuinely care about unlocking the potential of every single learner in our schools, everybody who holds a stake in the education community matters in the journey from good to great. In this keynote session, Ruchira will share her experiences and reflections of building communities of learning and cooperation within a school, between schools in-country and globally. Her story traverses through her time at Cambridge International and her current role as the Head of a Cambridge school and captures the successes as well as lessons from failures in creating and sustaining these communities.