Nadezhna Castellano, originally from Spain, works as the International Education Specialist for the Jesuit Refugee Service. In addition to her undergraduate degrees in Teaching Sciences, she holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Salamanca (Spain), where she worked as assistant researcher and associate professor between 2007 and 2013.
She first joined JRS in 2013 where she served as Project Manager and, later, as Country Education Officer in Chad, working with Darfuri refugees. Since September 2015, she became part of the international team being responsible for the implementation and harmonization of JRS Education strategy. As International Education Specialist, Nadezhna oversees the strengthening of the quality in the education projects in emergencies; this includes coordination with the education staff, design and implementation of needs assessment and evaluations, research and coordinate with key stakeholders for better support local team. In this position, she has had the chance to visit and work with most of JRS education projects worldwide.
For the last three years, Nadezhna has also co-directed the Fordham University's Education in Emergencies course, part of their Master in Humanitarian Action (IIHA).
In her free time, Nadezhna enjoys meeting people and discovering the richness of cultures around the globe; she loves watching ballet, visiting a museum or listening to jazz music while cooking recipes she learn during her trips.