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Dr. Frances Tsakonas is an ‘edupreneur’ who was born and raised Australia where she completed her primary and secondary education. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Graduate School of Education where she undertook advanced Post-Master’s (MPhil) specialist studies in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments. She has also participated in two Executive programs at Harvard University – one at the Graduate School of Education in the Management of Lifelong Learning and one at JFK School of Government in Public Sector Administration. Frances holds a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and a Master of Education degree in Cross-Cultural Communication and Multicultural Education from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. Frances also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Institutional Management and Change in Higher Education from CHEPS (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies) at the University of Twente, Netherlands, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Internationalisation from the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Dr. Tsakonas was recently awarded a Certificate in Consulting and Coaching for Change from Oxford University Saïd Business School and the degree of Mastère Spécialisé in Consulting and Coaching for Change by HEC Paris. Currently, Dr. Tsakonas is completing a Master’s level Diploma in Strategy and Innovation at Oxford University Saïd Business School and has been accepted into the Oxford Saïd Business School Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).
Dr. Tsakonas has worked internationally for over 35 years with governments, institutions, and international organizations (World Bank, OECD, EU, ETF, British Council).
Dr. Tsakonas recently established the International Institute for Education Advancement (IIEA), a platform for education experts, and the International Society of Change Leaders (ISCL), a platform for change leaders. Five of the key projects of IIEA and ISCL are: the Young Visionaries Academy in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the University Leaders Symposium, SIG Executive Education, summer executive education programs on the Greek islands in collaboration with other top academic partners (including INSEAD, UC Berkeley, and others), the Executive Coaching Institute in collaboration with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, and the Institute for Diversity & Inclusion in collaboration with the European Institute for Managing Diversity. IIEA also hosts The Global Online Academy and is developing an accreditation agency, UNECIA, for international education providers, along with a Doctoral Coaching service.
Dr. Tsakonas is passionate about the social impact of education. In order to promote the IIEA’s goal of Education without Boundaries®, Dr. Tsakonas is currently establishing an international scholarship foundation to support the needs of internationally mobile students. The Scholarship Lottery aims to provide equal opportunities to all students who strive to acquire an education and will support all kinds of learning – from degree programs to professional development to lifelong learning. Dr. Tsakonas believes that all students deserve a chance to an education and not just the academically gifted.
In line with her passion for the social impact of education, Dr. Tsakonas was appointed a Stanford University Seed Consultant, a voluntary position to mentor entrepreneurs in Africa and India.