Suzanne Grant Lewis
Dr. Grant Lewis joined the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) as Coordinator in February 2006. She is responsible for coordinating the joint activities of the seven U.S. foundations in the Partnership and providing intellectual leadership in the Partnership's focal areas. She is engaged in the conceptualization and coordination of the new focal area, the development and retention of the Next Generation of Academics, as well as the mid-term and final evaluations of Partnership activities. She designs and puts into operation consultative mechanisms with African higher education partners. She convenes the Executive and Steering Committees and sets time frames for decision-making and implementation of joint efforts. Sue is responsible for Partnership communications and visibility, serving as a principal contact for external resource persons, consultants, and other actors with whom the Partnership is engaged. She manages the Partnership Office at NYU, including budget, staff, graduate interns and consultants, and supervises the multi-year Partnership fund at the Institute of International Education.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Dr. Grant Lewis was a Harvard University faculty member from 1997, where she co-developed and directed the International Education Policy Program. She served on the Board of Directors of the Radcliffe Consortium for Women's Studies and speaks frequently on gender and education issues in the developing world. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Grant Lewis spent over five years in southern Africa, serving as an advisor on research, policy, and planning to the Namibian and Malawian ministries of education. In Malawi she was Team Leader of a girls' education project focused on policy, planning and curriculum. She has also lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania for six years. Her research focuses on policy efforts to address educational inequalities in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Grant Lewis's recent publications are on concepts of participation in school governance, education decentralization, and graduate teaching of international education. In 2006 she published Education in Africa, a volume inthe African Issues Reference Series for Grades 8-12 students in the US. Dr. Grant Lewis earned her Ph D from Stanford University and has been awarded Fulbright fellowships for research (Tanzania) and teaching (South Africa).