Board of Advisors
Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education, and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century.
Josh Forman is Director of Product Management at online home goods retailer Wayfair and Co-Founder of Inkling, a leading mobile learning platform. He was also Chief Product Officer at Confer Health and faculty at MIT Sloan. Josh advises Envoys on implementing technology-in-education solutions and developing programming that explores the ‘next big thing’.
A member of Envoys’ founding team, Luis took a sabbatical from the organization to serve as the Vice-Minister of Education in Colombia, where he was responsible for the operation of over 50,000 schools in the country and has been focused in reforming the teaching profession, developing curriculum, creating effective measures of learning and promoting accountability.
Manjula is the founding president of Educate Lanka Foundation, a 501-c-3 nonprofit social venture that empowers promising students from underprivileged backgrounds with access to education. Drawing on his background in corporate finance and experience in exploring and testing innovations, Manjula advises Envoys on developing student action on issues relating to sustainable development.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Tom currently serves as Special Advisor to the Danoff Dean of Harvard College. Tom’s 45-year career at Harvard has most recently included thirteen years as Dean of Freshmen, following stints as Assistant Director of Admissions, Associate Dean of the College, House Resident Dean, and Faculty Athletics Representative.
Misan Rewane is Co-Founder and CEO of WAVE, an organization that tackles youth unemployment in Africa by “up-skilling” millions of young people and simultaneously growing demand from employers. Born and raised in Lagos, Misan resolved to help transform the region’s education system after witnessing its issues first-hand. She is Co-Founder of The IMPACT Initiative.
Ben Thomas is a Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, a family-run group of six schools educating more than 2,000 children in central London. From 1999 to 2017, Ben was Headmaster of Thomas’s, Battersea. Ben is Deputy Chairman of St Paul’s School in London, Chairman of Thomas’s Foundation, the CAIRN Trust and Katherine Low Settlement, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Desirée Bollier is Chair of Value Retail Management and Chief Merchant of Value Retail. Value Retail creates and operates The Bicester Village Shopping Collection®, which is widely recognized as the best-performing shopping center portfolio in the world. Desirée also serves on the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council, and is Regional Vice Chairman for the European Union and the United Kingdom.
A Co-Founder of Envoys, Marina is responsible for ensuring that our programs align with the needs of our school partners and that each student receives individualized support before, during, and after each trip to develop their individual passion and voice. She also founded Cogita Education Initiatives, a leading provider of educational advising services focusing on empathy and identity development.
Harold Rosen, the founder and executive director of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), is considered one of the development field’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs. Since its founding GBF has established an important place in the social investing field, globally and also in the key markets of East Africa, India, the Andes, and Southeast Asia.