Charlotte is the Global Disability Advisor for the World Bank Group. Her work at the Bank focuses on disability inclusive development under its twin goals to end poverty and promote shared prosperity. As Disability Advisor, she supports operational teams across the institution to ensure that Bank policies, programs and projects are disability inclusive. Her responsibilities include: leading the production of analytical products; analyzing and articulating Bank policy on disability and development. In 2011 as a well-respected human rights lawyer in disability and child rights advocate, she was appointed by President Obama to led USAID’s work on disability- inclusive development, from developing policies and country strategies to technical assistance for program implementation. Prior to this, she worked as a senior operations officer at the Bank in the East Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Earlier in her career, she was appointed by President Nelson Mandela as a Commissioner to the South African Human Rights Commission focusing on social and economic rights, disability rights and child rights. From 1996 to 1998, she also served as a project officer on child protection for UNICEF. Charlotte holds multiple Law Degrees in international law, human rights and administration from the University of Warsaw, Poland and Cornell Law School.
Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previous roles include managing the unit on values and development, serving as Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa, and working as Economist and Senior Economist for Latin America. Before joining the World Bank, he taught with tenure at the University of Namur. He has also taught at American University and Georgetown University. Quentin has more than 500 publications and his research has been covered by major news outlets. He has served as Associate Editor for journals and as President of two economics associations. A lifelong learner, he holds four PhDs in economics, environmental science, health sciences, and theology.
Trained in business engineering, after a stint in market research as Laureate of the Prize of Belgium’s Secretary for Foreign Trade, Quentin worked as Brand Assistant/Assistant Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble. Almost 30 years ago, he shifted career and joined ATD Fourth World, a non-profit working with the extreme poor. He has tried ever since to remain faithful to the cause of ending extreme poverty. In his free time, he volunteers with nonprofits and Rotary, where he has served in leadership locally and globally. Married with two daughters now in college, he tries to remain (barely) fit with occasional marathons and triathlons, finishing towards the end of the pack.
Ruchi Singh is a consultant in Disability and Inclusive Education at the World Bank where she works to provide technical support to the growing portfolio of Inclusive Education. Prior to this, she was the Joseph P. Kennedy International Public Policy Fellow at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) as an Education Specialist, supporting the expansion of the thematic area of disability and inclusion. Her areas of interest and expertise are equity and inclusion, early childhood development, primary education, inclusive education, qualitative research, teaching and learning. Before GPE, Ruchi was leading the content and research portfolio for Sesame Street in India where she worked on developing large scale education projects. She has worked extensively in India exploring Inclusive Education in practice- transitioning special schools to community primary schools. She has degrees in Special Education and Child Development and has a Masters in Global Health and Development from University College London.
Fred Haga is currently the acting Director, Special Needs Education in the Ministry of Education in Kenya.
He led the Technical Committee that steered the review of the National Special Needs Education Policy Framework of 2009 that resulted in the Sector Policy for Learners and Trainees with Disabilities in May, 2018. The Policy makes a strategic shift towards the adoption of inclusive strategies and approaches in the provision of education services for learners with disabilities. Fred has extensive experience in teaching and learning as a secondary school teacher, curriculum developer and an education administrator. Fred has had several leadership roles within the disability-rights movements for more than 23 years, both at the national and international level, including the National Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Kenya Union of the Blind, African Union of the Blind and the World Blind Union.
Fred holds a teaching degree from Kenyatta University and a Master of education degree from Monash University, Australia, specializing in Inclusive and Special Education.