GCE Team Profiles
Nafisa is the Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education for Light for the World, an international Disability and Development organization working in 17 Low and Middle income countries globally. She a qualified speech-language therapist and audiologist, with a Masters in Inclusive Education focused on the inclusion of blind students in regular schools.
Over the past 16 years, she has used her professional qualifications and life experience as a woman with a disability from the Global South to 1) research and advise on inclusive education policies and practices from early Childhood Development through to Higher Education; 2) advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and people with disabilities in general; and 3) train teachers, education officials and communities on aspects of inclusive education.
Nafisa is from Cape Town, South Africa and has a good understanding of the realities of developing countries. Nafisa is the former chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium Inclusive Education Task group. Nafisa is a recognized thought-leader in her field and has authored several prominent publications on inclusive education including: #CostingEquity: The Case for Inclusive Education Financing; Towards a Disability Inclusive Education; Documenting the Realities of Children with Disabilities in Africa.
On the GCE board, Nafisa focusses on policy work including disability-inclusive education, education finance and early childhood care and education. She is an avid user of assistive technology and keen on activating multisectoral collaboraton with the aim of reaching the most marginalized and leaving no-one behind.