Gustavo Payan is an international development specialist with experience in conflict-affected and fragile environments. An impassioned advocate for education in crisis and conflict situations and an expert in preventing school-based violence, he builds programs and influences policy to foster peace and security through access to learning and livelihoods. Gustavo is currently the senior technical advisor and Deputy Chief of Party of the Asegurando la Educacion project in Honduras. He also serves as a co-chair of the Advocacy Working Group from the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

Prior to DAI, Gustavo served as a lead facilitator of conflict-sensitive education trainings, launching INEE’s global initiative and supporting UNICEF Colombia’s efforts. He managed and provided technical assistance to education and youth development projects in Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, and the Philippines, focused on issues such as out-of-school children and youth, accelerated learning, technical and vocational education and training, and transparency in education and livelihoods. Gustavo, an Edward Mason Fellow, is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and his favorite role is being a dad.



Zehra Zaidi

Zehra Zaidi is the Director for Education in DAI’s Europe office and has designed and led programmes focused on education, innovation, governance, and social entrepreneurship.

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