The Team

 

Our team is as diverse as the audience we serve, consisting of members with different personalities, cultures and experiences. A strong commitment and a passion for social impact and effecting positive change is what has brought us together.

We combine all our skills and knowledge to come up with new and creative ways of communicating with our readers and instigating positive social change across the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa.

We believe that teamwork, a constant desire to improve, and humbleness to our cause are the key ingredients to achieving our goals. However, none of this would be possible without the countless experts from around the globe who donate their time and knowledge. Working together, with an ever expanding community of dedicated men and women, we provide the necessary tools that can help change the world!

Management

Dr. Susann Dattenberg- Doyle

Queen of Gbi Kpoeta and Founder of Right for Education

Dr. Susann Dattenberg-Doyle earned her doctorate in 1988 in Psychology at the University of Heidelberg. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the American Psychological Association. In 2004, Susann set up the "Schools for Ghana Program" which became the first school in Kpoeta, Hohoe, Ghana. Currently 1,000 children are being educated and the programme was granted NGO status by the government of Ghana. On the 23rd of October 2006, Dr. Susann Dattenberg-Doyle was crowned as Mama Ngoryisi Dziwornu 1, Queen Mother of Gbi. Kpoeta, Upper Volta, Ghana. In 2014, she founded Right for Education as it stands today, a digital platform connecting millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa in a quest to democratise access to vital information.

In her extensive work as a management consultant, Susann has implemented and driven forward organisational change on a global level and in various industries. In 2003, this culminated in the formation of Cannizaro with her husband Tom. As a consultancy with now over 1000 clients in 4 continents, Cannizaro focuses on delivering programs that enhance profitability through improvements to productivity and performance. Cannizaro now acts as the main corporate sponsor to R:Ed.

Susann is married and is a mother of three. Her daughter Imme Dattenberg-Doyle will inherit her title.


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Peter Matthews

Managing Director and Head of Operations

Peter has a strong multicultural background as a result of having lived in the Middle East, France, the UK and the Caribbean. He obtained a law degree from Leeds University and a Master’s degree in International Business from SKEMA Business School. Peter is bilingual in English and French and has a passion for travelling. His previous experience of working in a public school and an orphanage in Malawi drew him to R:Ed. He first joined R:Ed when it only had 25'000 followers.


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Iliana Grosse-Buening

Managing Director and Head of Digital Products

Iliana graduated from Oxford University in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. During her Master studies at IE Business School in Madrid, Iliana successfully organised a Women in Leadership Panel in her role as Vice President of Speaker Series at the IE Net Impact Club. Furthermore, her volunteering experience at the IE Social Responsibility Forum in Madrid first allowed her to get an insight into the social start-up scene. Having graduated as a Dean's List Candidate from IE Business School, Iliana joined R:Ed in March 2016 when it only had 80,000 followers to continue her passion for women's rights and education as Managing Director at R:Ed. Her focus is on R:Ed's digital products and business development.


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Dr. Essi D'Almeida

Director of Education Programs

Essi holds a PhD in Sociology of Education from Aston University. In addition to her extensive knowledge in Applied Linguistics and Education Studies, she has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the fields of history and modern languages in the secondary sector. Having served as the head of two departments simultaneously, she was able to further her interests in developing teaching and learning programs and mentoring trainee and newly qualified teachers in schools in England. Essi first joined R:Ed in November 2016 with a series of written materials tailored specifically for pupils with special educational needs. As Director of Education Programs, she will be in charge of content and content strategy of R:Ed’s education resources.


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The Board

Eve Pollard

Vice Chairman Wellbeing of Women and Chairman of BBC Radio 4

In 1985, Eve was launch editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine in the US and edited the Sunday magazine for the News of the World and You Magazine for the Mail on Sunday. With regard to her TV career, she was the features editor for TV AM and devised the series Frocks-on-the-Box for TVS which ran for two series, twenty six shows in total. She also appeared as a regular participant in Through the Keyhole. She has been a guest panellist on Loose Women several times and is regularly seen reviewing the newspapers.

Eve was ITV’s correspondent for the Royal Wedding of William and Catherine in 2011 and part of the ITV team again in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee coverage. She has reported the birth of the Royal children, and most recently the Queen’s birthday celebrations, including a Tribute programme on BBC Radio 2.

Eve has been a member of the Competition Commission’s Newspaper Takeover Panel appointed in 1999. Her publications include Jackie, a biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1971), and four jointly written novels: Splash (1995) Best of Enemies (1996), Double Trouble (1997) and Unfinished Business (1998). Eve was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.

She has been Vice-Chairman of the women’s health charity "Wellbeing of Women" since 2003 and was recently appointed Chairman of the BBC Radio 4 panel, named as one of the UK's 100 Most Powerful Women.



Dr. Margret Wintermantel

President, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany

Margret Wintermantel is President of the German Academic Exchange Service since January 2012. Previously she was President of the German Rectors’ Conference (2006- 2012) and Vice-President of the German Rectors’ Conference responsible for Research (2001-2006).

Margret Wintermantel studied psychology and journalism at the University of Mainz. Following her PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in psychology at the same University (1972), research periods in Ann Arbor and at Berkeley and Research Fellowship of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, she gained her “Habilitation”-degree in psychology at the University of Heidelberg (1986). She started her career as university professor (C4) for social psychology at Saarland University, followed by Vice-Presidency for Study and Teaching (1994-1997) and Presidency of Saarland University (2000-2006).She was Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA) (2009 –2015) and Member of Austrian Science Council (ÖWR) (2003 – 2015).

Since 2005 she is Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour in recognition for her merits towards Franco-German-Cooperation in science and research. October 2009 she was decorated with the Cross of Merit, 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany.