MEET THE TEAM
Tara is a Research Associate at Better Purpose. Tara has a diverse range of experience working for multiple educational non-profits in project management, research and communication roles in the UK, Nepal and India. She also worked in the public sector in New Zealand in a policy role. Tara has also taught English abroad.
She has a Master's in Education (Distinction) with experience conducting high quality primary and secondary research, and a BA in English Literature (1st). She is passionate about education and is dedicated to using evidence to improve educational programmes and approaches.
Cate specialises in helping educational organisations to deliver on their purpose and promise.
She brings experience as an education leader, having previously been CEO of the Varkey Foundation and a Director at PwC, as well as senior education focused roles with not-for-profit, commercial, and government organisations. Cate is a Co-Founder of Better Purpose.
She has worked across a range of international contexts including Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on strategy, organisational leadership and development, and business transformation.
Dr Julie Bélanger
Julie is an education specialist with a strong research and evaluation background. She built and led the international early childhood and education research portfolio at a large non-profit research consultancy (RAND Europe) where she led research projects spanning from randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of evidence to qualitative exploratory research.
Through her previous roles at the OECD, a national think tank in Canada and a small non-profit international consultancy, she advised governments in the Global North and the Global South in their education policy reforms and initiatives. Her professional interests include using evidence to inform local, national and international education and social policy, and using adaptive management and MEL approaches to improve organisational health and increase impact. Julie is fluent in English and French.
Alice specialises in designing and delivering education initiatives designed to help children access quality education at scale.
She has experience as a senior leader in the education sector, with a global focus, having worked extensively in India, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, the US and UK. Alice is a Co-Founder of Better Purpose.
Her work has included education strategy, complex education programme design and leadership, leading and overseeing research, market feasibility and engagement, large-scale government reform work, school set-up and management, and donor fund management.
Mohika is a Senior Associate at Better Purpose. She has worked as a consultant in the social development sector and has experience in monitoring and evaluation, conducting impact assessments, impact evaluations, and needs assessments. In her previous role at Sattva Media and Consulting, she managed and oversaw large assessment projects in India. She has conducted research projects across various sectors including gender, education, WASH, health, and skilling and has rich experience in designing detailed research methodologies, study designs, data analysis and report writing and design.
Mohika has a master’s in Governance, Development and Public Policy, and also in Economics. She is fluent in both English and Hindi.