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Dr. Rebecca Winthrop to headline the MIT LINC 2019 Conference

Rebecca Winthrop

Dr. Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution, is slated to headline the MIT LINC 2019 Conference as the keynote speaker.

Her research focuses on education globally, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in their lives as workers and citizens. Of particular interest is improving quality learning for the most marginalized children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence. Winthrop works to promote quality and relevant education, including exploring how education innovations can leapfrog progress. She advises governments, international institutions, foundations, and corporations on education issues, and provides guidance to a number of important education policy actors.

Prior to joining The Brookings Institution in June 2009, Dr. Winthrop spent 15 years working in the field of education for displaced and migrant communities. As the head of education for the International Rescue Committee, she was responsible for the organization’s education work in over 20 conflict-affected countries. She has been actively involved in developing the evidence base around and global attention to education in the developing world.  In her prior position, she helped develop global policy for the education in emergencies field, especially around the development of global minimum standards for education in contexts of armed conflict and state fragility.

She was educated at Columbia University, Teachers College (Ph.D., 2008), Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (MA, 2001), and Swarthmore College, (BA, 1996).

This year's speakers and panelists also include Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland, Chancellor of San Jose - Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD); Dr. Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan; and Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, Managing Director for Innospark Ventures. Read more about our speakers and panelists.