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The Fight for Education in Africa with Isaac Chamberlain and Sedem Ama


Isaac Chamberlain

Isaac Chamberlain is one of the UK’s leading cruiserweight boxers, currently ranked no.15 in the world. Standing at 6’2’’ with a reach of 78’’, 26 year old Isaac made his winning professional debut in 2015 and has gone on to win a further 13 fights (6 by knock-out). Brixton-born Isaac has twice headlined at the O2 Arena on Sky Sports and has also fought at the Copperbox Arena.

He fights under the legendary promotion Hennessey sports, run by the equally legendary Mick Hennessey. Isaac is signed to Channel 5 Boxing where his last 2 fights on the free-to-air programme C5 Boxing averaged 1.6m viewers.

Isaac is committed to a safer, more equal world for our nation’s young people. In 2020 he proudly became the first ever ambassador for preventative intervention charity, Gloves Up Knives Down. GUKD is committed to supporting young people living in communities affected by knife crime, providing access to boxing training to help them lead fulfilling and healthy lives away from crime.

Isaac Chamberlain

Sedem Ama

Sedem Ama is a two-times national amateur boxing champion based out of the world famous Repton Boxing Club, east London.  She is turning professional in July 2021. Life growing up in Peckham was considered tough, particularly in the early 2000’s. But for highly touted amateur boxer Sedem Ama, the Christian values indoctrinated into her household through her Reverend father provided her with an inner peace that brought a sense of calm into what was a very lively neighbourhood.

An Account Director by day, for a leading London PR agency, Sedem has lived and continues to live, a rather hectic lifestyle working and then training twice a day.  But through her religion and her love of boxing, a work/life balance has been found, as has a greater purpose that she wants to fulfil, through boxing.  She is aiming to become the first ever British Ghanaian female boxing world champion.

Sedem crossed paths with boxing in what was a spur of the moment decision, made between a colleague and Sedem herself, with the aim being to start some Boxercise classes to relieve stress from the rigours and demands of the PR world. Barring a small break from the sport after her colleague left the country and with work picking up, Sedem has not looked back and is excited for the next stage – turning professional in 2021 as women’s boxing explodes in popularity and audience.

Out of the ring and away from work she keeps her self busier still as a proud Ambassador for youth charity Gloves Not Gunz and female support charity, Nations Ladie

Sedem Ama


Joyce Kimaita

Joyce Kimaita is an independent Education Consultant with a MED in Curriculum Development and B.Ed. both from Kenyatta University. She has over 35 years of experience in the education sector, working with the MOE as a trained teacher, Teacher Trainer (MTTC) and Curriculum Developer(KICD). She has expertise and experience in the following key areas; development of Curriculum and Curriculum Support Materials, Child Friendly and GRP Teacher Training and Community Engagement Programs.

In her consultancy work, Joyce has worked with Avanti Communications (iMlango Project), WUSC, VSO, SCUK Somalia, CARE Kenya, ADRA Somalia, Save the Children Denmark Somalia, AVSI and SWALIM, which has given her invaluable insights in designing training programs that address the training needs of the target group. Her experience in networking with Ministry of Education and Government/Non-Governmental Agencies has enhanced her partnership and collaborative skills. Joyce has vast experience working in GEC projects, (schools and communities in support of Girls education) which has given her greater insight into issues affecting girls in vulnerable regions and mitigation strategies on the same.


Richard Marett

Co-founder and CEO of Whizz Education 

Richard has 16 years’ experience working with schools and ministries of education around the globe, to raise standards in learning for students in mathematics at scale through the development and effective deployment of innovative ICT.

Richard drives education programme design, implementation best practices and research & innovation, collaborating with implementation and infrastructure partners as well as research partners and universities, to further the frontiers of intelligent learning technologies, online virtual tutoring and capacity building to use ICT for learning.

Whizz Education is a “Learning Outcome” organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in The UK, USA, UAE, Kenya and DRC with long term partnerships in other territories. Its mission is to enable communities around the world to reach their full potential through individualised learning.

Whizz Education has the operating talent and experience to manage large scale ICT for learning and teacher capacity building initiatives in varying contexts

Richard graduated from Oxford University with a BA and MA in mathematics.


Debbie Mavis

Group HR Director

Debbie Mavis joined Avanti Communication Group plc (Avanti) in July 2018 as Group HR Director and as a member of the Executive Committee. She oversees all aspects of HR, ICT, Property, Internal Communications and CSR globally.

Debbie has over 20 years’ experience working in telecommunications and banking. Before joining Avanti she held the role of Director of Talent and Resourcing at TSB Bank for six years, where she was instrumental in the divestment of the entity from Lloyds Banking Group, the build of TSB, flotation and the subsequent acquisition by Banco de Sabadell.

At Vodafone for 12 years, Debbie held a number of senior roles, initially in Vodafone UK including Head of Business Partnering, UK Head of Resourcing and Head of Employee Engagement. In 2006, she moved to a European regional role to lead Executive Resourcing, Talent Management across fourteen countries with global accountability for Talent and Resourcing in Group Marketing and Global Technology. She built strong succession capability in all the European Markets and coached and mentored Executives across the Group.


David Hollow

David leads Jigsaw – an education research organisation based in London. He has completed research studies in over twenty countries with a variety of donors, governments, INGOs and community-based organisations. David is committed to helping organisations build evidence for effective education outcomes.

He provides mentoring and strategic support for a range of organisations, and contributes regularly to education conferences. David holds a PhD (2010) in development geography from the University of London. His doctoral research focused on evaluating the impact of technology on education in sub-Saharan Africa. David is also on the board of two leading-edge education charities – Refugee Education UK and Justice Defenders.


Professional boxers Isaac Chamberlain and Sedem Ama host Avanti Communications and education partners for a round table discussion, on how technology can enable access to education and improve learning outcomes using a case study from Kenya, East Africa.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a global partnership of developing and donor countries and agencies, civil society organizations, members of the teaching profession, private foundations and the private sector, working to provide a quality education for every child.

GPE’s mission is to mobilize partnerships and investments that transform education systems in lower-income countries, leaving no one behind and its goal is to accelerate access, learning outcomes and gender equality through equitable, inclusive and resilient education systems fit for the 21st century. GPE is exclusively dedicated to giving children in the poorest countries, especially girls, the education they need to unlock their full potential.

Avanti is the leading Ka-band high-throughput satellite capacity partner to the communications industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over 15 years of commitment to deliver reliable and highly secure satellite capacity, Avanti extend and guarantee coverage for Government missions, enterprise solutions and critical public services. Today Avanti have the power to connect over 1.7 billion people across 118 countries with a belief that everyone should have an equal opportunity to be more secure, empowered and prosperous. Avanti is committed to the progress of girl’s education.

Through involvement in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office part-funded iMlango project they have connected 245 schools in Kenya and improved learning outcomes for 180,000 learners. Avanti and GPE recognize that girls’ education is a vital force – not only does it transform the lives of girls, but also has a tremendous ripple effect, with impacts ranging from improved health, stronger economies to the creation of a new generation of leaders.

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23 July 2021