Jim Ackers leads and co-ordinates the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of IIEP’s training programs. With his team, Jim maintains strategic direction for the Institute’s training function, as well as priorities for the continued development and delivery of IIEP’s training, based on consultation with IIEP partners. Prior to joining IIEP in January 2017 Jim worked for UNICEF for 13 years as: Regional Education Adviser, East Asia and the Pacific (2014-2017), Regional Education Adviser for Eastern and Southern Africa (2010-2014), Chief of Education, Tanzania (2007-2010) and Chief of Education, Nigeria (2003-2007). Prior to joining UNICEF Jim was Course Director, Education Planning in Developing Countries at the University of London Institute of Education. He also served as Director of the Centre for international Studies in Education, Newcastle University in the 1990s where he established Newcastle University’s first overseas taught Masters program in Abu Dhabi. He worked for 11 years as an education adviser for the UK Government in Senegal and Kenya between 1987 and 1993. He has taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as in adult education and at university.