Pauline Rose is professor of international education at Cambridge University and Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Center. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the UK Department for International Development. Prior to this position, she was Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report (from August 2011) during which time she directed two reports on youth, skills and work, and on teaching and learning. Before becoming Director, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst with the team for three years, leading the research for three reports on the themes of governance, marginalization and conflict. Prior to joining the EFA Global Monitoring Report, Pauline was Reader in international education and development at the University of Sussex. Pauline is author of numerous publications on issues that examine educational policy and practice, including in relation to inequality, financing and governance, democratization, and the role of international aid. She has worked on large collaborative research programs with teams in sub‐Saharan Africa and South Asia examining these issues. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with international aid donors and non-governmental organizations, providing evidence-based policy advice on a wide range of issues aimed at fulfilling commitments to education for all.