Global Learning London

Who we are

Alia Al Zougbi
Alia is Head of the HEC Global Learning Centre.  Her grounding in Social Anthropology, Applied Theatre and Development Education compels her to find ways of subverting dominant narratives. Her work resonates with principles of social justice, activism and equity as complex processes with no easy answers. Her work in the community relies on the co-production of creative outlets for lesser-heard stories. In schools, her work is driven by child-led principles of global learning and citizenship.

She is currently undergoing the Clore Fellowship Programme.



Liz Allum
Liz is has been working in Global Education for over 15 years at RISC, one of HEC’s partner organisations and the core Global Education provider for Berkshire and Oxfordshire, supporting teachers and other educators across the South East and beyond to embed social justice and sustainability in and beyond the curriculum.

She has written numerous teaching resources and designs and delivers training on a wide range of subjects, for any and all educators. She also works independently as a trainer and facilitator specialising in Philosophy for Children and Critical Thinking in education, as well as in delivering Global Education through the creative arts. She also runs Beautiful Creatures Theatre Company, making physical and visual theatre.


Faaria Ahmad
Faaria has over 10 years’ experience of training, programme management and strategy in international development, governance and global education. She has facilitated training and workshops with teachers and students on global learning, international development, critical thinking and identity.

She has led campaigns and projects on the sustainable development goals, supply chains and alternative economic models. Faaria also has an LLM in Law, Development and Governance from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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 learning.  Her strengths are in supporting curriculum development and students who are new to English, including international new arrivals and refugees.

Lisa is currently working on the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) programme for HEC and is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University.  Lisa has a Master of Research (Education) where she carried out field research in Ghana on teacher education and educational technology and an MA which investigated the global curriculum in the UK.

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.


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.