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HILT’s new Education Innovation Fellows are talented graduate students and recent alumni who have experience in education innovation. They are here to help current Harvard students get feedback on their ideas, make connections, and take advantage of the relevant resources across Harvard.

We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our Education Innovation Fellows – appointments are only available September 1-April 30.  If you are considering applying for HILT’s Pilot Funds you will need to meet with a fellow as soon as you feel ready – but before each funding round’s deadline.

Meet our Education Innovation Fellows

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson is an award-winning social entrepreneur. Most recently working in the private sector she was the head of New Channels Marketing for Nokia and Retail Development at Viacom. In 2008, Angela combined her corporate management experience with the expertise of language educators to found Global Language Project (GLP), an educational nonprofit leveraging world language learning to equip students for opportunities in higher education and the workforce. In just five years, Angela raised more than $10 million dollars to change the trajectory of hundreds of young lives by empowering them with valuable knowledge in a second language. Angela is currently a doctoral candidate in the Leadership Program a cross-disciplinary program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where her research is focused on using strategic capital deployment to increase the pool of diverse entrepreneurs. Angela is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at New Profit, a Boston based Venture Philanthropy firm where she works on the Learn to Earn Team Fund that aims to support and accelerate the development of 10 million more career-ready Americans by 2025. Angela has lived, worked and traveled to over 30 countries.

Azeez Gupta

Azeez Gupta is a 2nd year MBA candidate at the Harvard Business School, where he co-leads the student-run Education Club. Before HBS, he served as the Program Director of Pratham’s vocational training program for more than three years. Azeez intends to return to the K-12 education space post HBS and is passionate about leveraging technology and communities to enable learning for low-income populations. He recently worked as a product manager with an ed-tech startup Learning Equality to help them develop analytics features for their learning product Kolibri. Azeez previously worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, after graduating with an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a recipient of the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship at HBS and was awarded institute prizes for all-round excellence and student leadership at IIT-Delhi.

Gorick Ng

Gorick Ng is the founder of Frank, a “TurboTax for career services” that helps colleges more affordably scale their job search advising. Passionate about bridging the gap between school and work, Gorick is also the author of a forthcoming book for new graduates on how to succeed in their first jobs. He currently serves as a Resident Tutor and lead career adviser in Adams House and previously worked in corporate innovation at The Boston Consulting Group and BCG Digital Ventures. Gorick graduated from Harvard Business School and Harvard College and is the first in his family to pursue higher education.
Mahdi AlBasri

Mahdi AlBasri

Mahdi Albasri is a MD and is a Masters in Medical Education candidate at Harvard Medical School. His research currently focuses on the use of virtual reality in teaching empathy for healthcare professionals and new curricula and program development. Prior to HMS, he worked as a medical doctor in Bahrain and a Fellow in Strategy and Policy at the Crown Prince’s First Deputy Prime Minister Office. During this period, he worked on various government strategies including healthcare reform, education reform and foreign policy. Mahdi graduated with a MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he was also recipient of the President’s Leadership Award. He is also recipient of the Bahrain Crown Prince Fellowship Award.

Sophie Turnbull

Sophie Turnbull

Sophie Turnbull is a problem-solver, storyteller, fundraiser, and community-builder committed to delivering K-12 education to those who have the hardest time accessing it. Most recently Sophie led strategic partnerships at Khan Academy. Sophie has worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Australia and the US, serving clients across the mining, telecom, public, and nonprofit sectors. She has been a director on company
boards and an advisor to a handful of nonprofit organizations with a focus on young people and education. Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honors from the Australian National University.

Susan Johnson McCabe

Susan is an Educator, Entrepreneur, and the former Director of Digital Strategy for Harvard University. In May 2018, she earned her M.Ed. in the Technology, Innovation, & Education program at HGSE, completed a one-year appointment as Director of HIVE (Harvard GSE Innovation Ventures in Education) and was selected as a finalist/winner of the 2018 HGSE Dean’s Challenge, Making Caring Common Award. Prior to Harvard, Susan led a UX/Interactive design agency in a global consulting firm where she was instrumental in winning multiple $100M+ client engagements, including a 7-year contract with the US Department of Education. Since getting her start in all-things-digital at a tech startup based in London, Susan has held multiple senior management positions working with startups, Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, and public/private universities. She’s launched new products/programs, built high-performance teams, and initiated global partnerships in Asia, Europe and North/South America. Susan is an active member of the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs SIG. In addition to serving as a HILT Education Innovation Fellow, Susan is on the teaching teams for Entrepreneurship in the Education Marketplace and Connected Teaching in the Digital Ageat HGSE. She draws from her consulting background and Harvard coursework to help students translate their ideas into viable products/business plans/strategies using proven methods, relevant data, and digital best practices. Susan’s latest venture, StoryEdge, leverages immersive and interactive storytelling to promote deeper learning. Current projects include developing a series of immersive experiences for a social-justice venture; testing VR prototyping as a research tool, and crafting an interactive history-mystery game. Susan earned her undergraduate degree at Boston College with honors in English and Communications.