Amlata Persaud, MPhil Doctoral Fellow

Amlata Persaud, MPhil

Doctoral Fellow, Teacher’s College, Columbia University


Amlata Persaud is a Doctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing an Ed.D. degree in International Education Development. Amlata has worked at national and international levels in education. From 2009-2012 Amlata worked for the Government of Guyana, first as a consultant on the national Millennium Development Goals Progress Report, and later as the Head of the national program for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), with specific responsibility for piloting M&E development in the education and health sectors. From 2007 to 2009, Amlata served as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellow at the Ministry of Education in Malawi. During her time in Malawi, Amlata was responsible for the coordination of the national education budget process, and worked on the development of the national education strategic plan. She also conducted research in the areas of educational finance, policy and planning. Most recently, Amlata worked with UNESCO in Paris conducting research in international education. Amlata received a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as her Master’s degree at Oxford where she graduated with an MPhil in Development Studies. Amlata received the Rhodes Scholarship in 2004, becoming the first female Guyanese to win this prestigious award.


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