Dr Asyia Kazmi OBE, Gates Foundation’s Global Education Policy Lead

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Dr Asyia Kazmi OBE, Gates Foundation’s Global Education Policy Lead: the challenges we face in education are a solvable problem!


We hear from the Gates Foundation’s Dr Asyia Kazmi on what the state of global education looks like, the work they’re doing in tackling literacy and numeracy challenges, and why achieving our education targets for Sustainable Development Goal 4 is a solvable problem.


If you are born in a high-income country, 9 out of 10 children can read by the age of 10. If you are born in a low-income country, 9 out of 10 children cannot. This is a shocking statistic and an equity issue.


Learn about the Gates Foundations’ work with global organisations, such as the World Bank and UNICEF, how they interact with national governments, what philanthropists should keep in mind when aiming to fund education and much more.


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About Dr Asyia Kazmi OBE


Asyia is the Global Education Policy Lead at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with a focus on effective instructional practices, education advocacy and edtech.


Nearly half of Asyia’s 30-year career in education was spent as a mathematics teacher and teacher coach. Before joining the foundation, Asyia was a management consultant in PwC leading the Girls’ Education Challenge, a $1bn fund set up by the UK to support the education of 1.5 million girls in 17 countries.


Asyia has worked in three UK Government departments: as a senior education adviser in DFID, a project director in the UK’s Department for Education, and a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector in Ofsted, where she inspected schools, local authorities, initial teacher education and trained headteachers and inspectors.


Her areas of expertise include teaching, learning and formative assessment; school improvement; and large-scale programme management.


Asyia has a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London and a Doctorate in Education on teaching and learning mathematics from Institute of Education, University College London. She also has a PGCE in Leadership development and educational consulting, and a PGCE in mathematics teaching.


Asyia was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honours list for services to education, particularly girls’ education.


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