Atif Rizvi

Executive Director and Founder |

Atif Rizvi has worked for over two decades in strategic planning in tertiary education and institution building. He was educated at Harvard University and worked as a Senior Researcher in Education at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). At HIID, he was also the Assistant Editor of The Forum, a joint Harvard-USAID publication dedicated to advancing basic education and literacy.

Atif was the Executive Director of the Global Matriculation Initiative (GMI) at the Worldpaper in Boston from 1996 - 1998. Following, he was a consultant for the UNESCO and World Bank Task Force on Higher Education and Society. Between 2002 - 2008, Atif was the Executive Secretary of the UNEP Sasakawa Endowment and the Prize for the Environment. He has also held positions at UNICEF, UNESCO, and the United Nations Secretariat in New York. Mr. Rizvi has worked on achievement assessment, educational access and equity, and basic education delivery in a number of conflict-affected areas.


Selected Publications

(2018) 'Nigeria and Boko Haram: Divisive Stereotypes, Education and Violent Extremism.' Intervetionen: Fachzeitschrift für Verantwortungspädagogik. Violence Prevention Network: Berlin. Available online.

(2014) ‘To Create new texts, and reshape the Context’: Rationale for New Islamic Religious Textbooks in Nigeria.’ Conference paper. African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK), 9-11 September 2014: Brighton, United Kingdom.

(1993) (eds with J. Williams)  'Resources for Education for All,' The Forum, 2(4). Available online.