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Copyright 1999-2018 GeniusBrain International. Dr. FRANCES TSAKONAS l United Kingdom

Dr. Frances Tsakonas was born and raised Australia where she completed her primary and secondary education. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Graduate School of Education where she undertook advanced Post-Master’s specialist studies in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments. She has also participated in two Executive programs at Harvard University – one at the Graduate School of Education in the Management of Lifelong Learning and one at JFK School of Government in Public Sector Administration. Dr. Frances holds a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and a Master of Education degree in Special Education and Bilingual/Multicultural (Inclusive) Education from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Frances also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Institutional Management and Change in Higher Education from CHEPS (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies) at the University of Twente, Netherlands, and has recently been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Internationalisation by the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Currently, Dr. Tsakonas is completing a Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change at HEC Paris/Oxford Said Business School, a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation at Oxford University Said Business School, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

Dr. Tsakonas has worked at all levels of both the public and private education/training sectors for over 35 years and has acquired significant experience in education/training management, strategic planning and development. From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Tsakonas served as Special Advisor for Education to the Hellenic Minister of Education (1994-1996) and Hellenic Minister of Foreign Affairs (1996-2004), George Papandreou, to assist him in efforts to reform the education system of Greece and to refocus Greece’s bilateral and multi-lateral education policy for educational expansion and strategic regional and international development. In 1999, Dr. Tsakonas was appointed Hellenic Representative to the Education Task Force of the Stability Pact for the Reconstruction of South East Europe. In this role, she was called upon to: investigate and analyze international best practices in education/training; prepare policy papers on behalf of the Minister for presentation at ministerial meetings (at national, regional and international level); attend high-level (EU, World Bank, UN, OECD) meetings, task forces and committee meetings on education, training and lifelong learning policy goals and objectives; disseminate information on research funding, institutional partnership potential and development needs; prepare public communication briefings on EU and UN development goals; organize seminars; draft consultation papers; initiate and manage a wide range of projects and activities to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations with governments, businesses and international agencies; and design, manage and co-ordinate high-level meetings, workshops, conferences and task-forces.