Dandan Mirembe Chen is always curious about foreign cultures and international relations. She has over two years of experience with international organizations, including UNESCO, the Education Commission and the World Bank Group. Hankering for knowledge and experience in Africa, Dandan started her new career chapter at a community-based organization in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. There she has been advising on the school management and the implementation of youth programs. Meanwhile, she continues her work in global education policy analysis with the Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington.
When interning at the UNESCO Office in Beijing, China, Dandan helped compile and synthesize policy documents that outline, monitor and evaluate the “Education for All” movement from 2000 to 2015 across the world, as led by UNESCO. During her last semester as a master’s student in Washington, D.C., United States, she drafted a World Bank country report that reviews and analyzes policies in China’s early child development sector that straddles education, health, nutrition and child protection. Her first full-time job as a consultant at the Education Commission gave her solid experience in analyzing the relationships between education policy and national development. The cross-country data and policy documents Dandan referred to through this work were provided by a series of UN organizations.