Global Learning London

Who we are

Alia Al Zougbi
Alia is Head of the HEC Global Learning Centre and is among the core teaching staff at the British Museum. Her background as a social anthropologist and an artist-educator is in using theatre and performance tools to engage schools and communities in critical conversation around global issues, leading to activism through cultural production.
Her work centres around finding creative outlets for the oral histories and intangible heritage of voiceless communities. 

Flick Dunkley


Flick Dunkley
Flick is a global learning specialist and Philosophy for Children (P4C) trainer for SAPERE. She is a keen gardener and keeps a menagerie of cats, dogs, hens and ducks.


Linda Ramirez Barker

Linda Ramirez Barker
Linda is a trained primary teacher with over a decade of classroom practice and she has been a specialised global educator for 16 years. She offers expertise in training, consultancy, evaluation and resource writing, having worked on a range of projects and consultancies with British Council, Local Authorities, Government Departments and Development NGOs. Linda specialises in promoting learning that has critical thinking at its core and enjoys facilitating teachers to develop their practice through action learning and professional learning communities. She helped develop Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry and all her work incorporates this approach, for example, supporting teachers to respond to the current ‘British Values’ agenda in an ethical and well-thought-through way. 

lisa-taner-photoLisa Taner
Lisa is a primary trainer and has a wealth of experience in education working across London, the UK and internationally supporting teachers and school leaders in developing global citizenship.

Her strengths are in supporting curriculum development and students who are new to English, including international new arrivals and refugees. She has a Master of Research (Education) where she carried out field research in Ghana on teacher education and educational technology. She also has an MA Education which investigated the global curriculum in the UK, including a dissertation researching community cohesion cross two London boroughs.

Manju NairManju Patel-Nair
Manju is a secondary trained teacher in Media education, with a passion for creative cross-cultural encounters. She works across various fields encompassing youth participation, race, activism and interfaith dialogue. As a global citizenship practitioner, Manju’s work centers on pedagogies for ‘community building.’ This includes bringing diverse groups of people into shared spaces particularly around controversial issues, to engage hearts and minds and create change within communities. Manju has extensive experience of delivering cross curricular global citizenship projects and teacher training for schools across Europe and India.

shane andersonShane Anderson
Shane has been developing, designing and maintaining HEC’s websites (including this one) since 1999 when he joined us to create the first version of Since then he has gone on to create numerous websites throughout the borough of Tower Hamlets and beyond. Learn more at


Stephen Ellis
Stephen has over 40 years of experience in education, and held several senior management positions in both primary and secondary schools.

In addition, he was a Headteacher at an outdoor centre in Kent as well as a Local Government Schools Curriculum Adviser in Wandsworth and Southwark. Stephen has experience of training trainees and teachers in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of education. For the last six years of service, he has been with a London Primary School as Assistant /Deputy Head. Now retired, he was appointed as a British Council Schools Ambassador for Global Learning and was named Winner of a GA Award for Excellence in Leading Geography 2018.

Triny Diaz
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Triny is an accomplished event professional with over 15 years of global experience. Prior to joining HEC, she produced events for major organisations in South and North America. With experience in the heritage sector and working with schools delivering learning programmes, she joins HEC Global Learning Centre to help us achieve our goals.

Triny believes in giving back to the community thru volunteering and currently supports a voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people.