New Global Education Cluster Coordinators

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Tyler Arnot

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Agnese Giordano and Tyler Arnot as Global Education Cluster Coordinators for UNICEF and Save the Children respectively.

Maria Agnese joins us from the Office of the OCHA Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, where she focused on evaluations and strategic planning, and led and coordinated a number of inter-agency initiatives under the auspices of the IASC to assess humanitarian system performance in Level 3 emergencies. Before joining OCHA, Maria Agnese worked in the UNICEF Evaluation Office on education in emergencies. In this role, she designed and implemented the education and peacebuilding study. She also worked in the Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where she was responsible for policy development and knowledge management in the area of civil affairs. During this time, Maria Agnese worked on a number of emergencies, including in the Central African Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Nepal, South Sudan and Syria. Previously, she spent over five years in the Western Balkans where she served with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)  in both Montenegro and Serbia, focussing on education for national and ethnic minorities, and in Kosovo where she facilitated, promoted and managed a large programme to return IDPs and refugees, including through access to a quality and relevant education.

Maria Agnese holds a Masters of International Education and Development from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom and a graduate degree in Languages and Literature from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She will start in her new role as Global Education Cluster Coordinator on 13 June.

Tyler began his career with Save the Children US in 2007, going on to work in Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan and Bhutan in international programme management, communication and grant management. After receiving a Masters of Education from Harvard University with a focus on education in emergencies he went on to serve as Education Cluster Coordinator in Somalia. Tyler then joined the Global Education Cluster Rapid Response Team with Save the Children UK and later with NRC/UNICEF, deploying to support clusters in South Sudan, Liberia, Ukraine, Nigeria and Yemen. In his role with the RRT, he has supported national clusters in strategy development, capacity building and information management capacities. With the Global Education Cluster, he has held lead roles in processes such as the development of the Core Skills Training package and attacks on education consultancy while also supporting national clusters remotely and representing the Cluster in global forums.

Save the Children is finalising Tyler’s official start date in his new role with the Global Education Cluster, most likely at the start of July.

In the interim, please do continue to be in contact with Caroline Keenan ( and Annelies Ollieuz ( on Global Education Cluster-related issues, copying Tyler Arnot ( for information.

Please join us in welcoming Maria Agnese and Tyler in their new role with the Global Education Cluster team.

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