Director, Social Innovation, Pearson
Teodora is Director of Social Innovation at Pearson, one of the world’s largest learning companies focused on helping people of all ages make progress in their lives through learning. Teodora drives forward Pearson’s strategy and investments in the development of new solutions and business models for underserved learners and new markets. This includes developing and implementing multi-year innovation partnerships with international organizations and overseeing Pearson’s first internal incubator focused on the R&D of education and employability solutions for underserved markets throughout the world.
Teodora joined Pearson from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she worked with corporates and social enterprises on business models that deliver social, environmental and commercial returns. Prior to that she worked as a corporate sustainability consultant in Beirut, Lebanon, and in New York City with the East Harlem Tutorial Program, a non-profit organization that runs after-school programs and public charter schools for at risk students. Teodora has a B.A. in Political Studies and Human Rights from Bard College, and an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Originally from Bulgaria she spent much of her life growing up in New York City. She is a Global Fellow at the League of Intrapreneurs and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Union Social Innovation Academy.