Victoria Collis

portrait-victoriaVictoria Collis joined River Path Associates in 2002 and has been managing director since 2009.

Victoria has more than 15 years’ experience of working in international development, with a focus on working directly with governments to strengthen their delivery of basic services. She has strong experience of strengthening education planning in fragile states and conflict situations, including Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.

In 2012/13, Victoria provided 13 months’ interim management for DFID Pakistan, acting as the Team Leader for the office’s two major education investments with the Governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively. She subsequently worked over a 15 month period as part of the KESP 1 technical assistance team. During this time, her focus was on working with officials to produce the Education Sector Plan.

Victoria has a research interest in school resilience, and was recently commissioned by the Global Commission on Education Financing Opportunity to contribute a background paper on the issue for the forthcoming third meeting of the Commissioners. Her thinking on this topic has been informed not only by her work in Pakistan, but also Nigeria, where she has supported UNICEF on the redevelopment of the Girls’ Education Project 3, as well as the Federal Ministry of Finance on shaping the Safe Schools Initiative, launched in the wake of the Chibok kidnappings.

At present, Victoria is designing a new DFID funded intervention aimed at strengthening the legitimacy and capacity of Provincial Education Directorates in areas of the country controlled by the Syrian Interim Government and its allies. In the past six months, she has also provided technical direction on the Mid Term Review of the Rwandan Education Strategic Sector Plan, and acted as an adviser to the Peruvian Ministry of Education.

Victoria is an Associate of Dubai-based Acasus Limited. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Eden Academy, a group of five schools in West London that provide education for children with a broad range of special needs.

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