After an amazing 2019, with YOUR support,


We're going to have a fantastic 2020!


We are about to achieve full charity status as defined by the UK Charity Commission. To help us in that transition we have appointed a board of trustees and Dr Caroline Varin has agreed to become interim CEO. 

Find out more about our trustees here.

2019 in numbers

  • 15 volunteers
  • 5 countries
  • 6 programmes
  • 400+ students
  • 4 new partners
  • 6 advisors
  • 3 co-founders
  • 8 interns
  • 2 conferences
  • 4 new book reviews
  • 3 published papers
  • £26,534 total expenses

As we enter a new decade, Professors Without Borders would like to highlight some of its major achievements in 2019.

  • New corporate sponsorship with Carrier, who funded all flights for our professors in 2019
  • Fifteen teachers sent to five countries to teach 400 students for under £27,000
  • First programme in Francophone Africa with a course in social enterprise in Senegal
  • A new partnership with all-women college Avadh Girls’ P.G. College in Lucknow, India
  • Academic partnership with strategic think-tank LSE Ideas
  • Co-founder Tessy de Nassau co-hosted a conference on Women, Development and Higher Education in Thailand
  • Hosted a cross-generational conference in London on Teaching Tech to Gen Z
  • Local professors joined our students in Uganda and India, breaking down the hierarchy between professors and students
  • Development of a rigorous online resources database for students
  • We restructured the organisation with new trustees, an interim CEO and additional volunteers
  • Our think-tank organised two innovative conferences and published three research papers and four book reviews
  • Sixty per cent of our programmes in 2019 specifically targeted all-women colleges, strengthening our commitment to women’s education.

We are always looking for your support to grow. Please donate by clicking on the link or contact Caroline ( to volunteer your time or expertise.

2019 Summer Schools Roundup

This summer, our professors first landed in Bangkok Thailand at Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) where Rachel, our returning lecturer and volunteer facilitator was hosted. She taught a course in communications that helped students build their debate and presentation skills. Tessy, PROWIBO's co-founder featured as a guest lecturer and hosted PROWIBO's conference Women, Development and Higher Education. This conference is part of PROWIBO's Women In Higher Education Initiative led by Tessy. 

In mid-July, we went to Sierra Leone for the fourth year in a row with our biggest team ever. Majeks, PROWIBO's co-founder, Charlie D. (returning lecturer), GeorgeMark and Charlie W. taught multiple engaging courses ranging from finance and law to communications and criminology, at the Institution of Public Administration and Management, our host in Freetown.

At the end of July, PROWIBO was invited by Réseau des Clubs Scientifiques du Sénégal to offer its first-ever programme in Francophone Africa. The short course led by Nadine on "Social Entrepeneurship" took place at Lycée Malick SY de Thiès, Sénégal. 

Our fourth destination was India, where two all-women teams taught at two all-girls colleges Avadh Girls’ P.G. College and The Karamat Husain Muslim Girls' P.G. College. Our professors AlishaGeorgiana (returning lecturer), Kasia, and Samira led courses in economics, leadership, policy and design thinking to empower young women.
At the end of the summer, we went back to our host in Uganda, the African Rural University. Our programme offered courses in design thinking, ethics and sustainable social innovation. 

This year, co-founder Tessy hosted PROWIBO's first conference in Asia at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand on Women, Development and Higher Education.

Co-founder of Professors Without Borders, Tessy de Nassau is a Social Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Philanthropist, UNAids Ambassador, Public Speaker, Activist, and Mother. She founded the Global consultancy ‘Finding Butterflies’, is an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and the patron to UNA-UK. In 2019 Tessy joined our Thailand Summer School team, and hosted our first Asia conference on Women, Development and Higher Education

How would you describe your experience as guest lecturer and panellist in Thailand?

I had a beautiful experience in Thailand. As the co-founder representing PROWIBO, I signed several new MOUs that will enable PROWIBO to expand our programs to institutions in Laos and Vietnam. This year’s program in Thailand was also unique because of the conference. Women, Development and Higher Education was a major venture for PROWIBO in Asia and it was exciting that it was hosted in Thailand. I believe that the success of the conference is due to the assistance of our partners at Srinakharinwirot UniversitySWU has demonstrated a strong commitment to the SDGs, which translated into high levels of enthusiasm for the conference. 

Read our full interview with Tessy.


2019 saw us start four new partnerships with LSE IDEAS, Carrier, Seventy7 Group and Lecturers Without Borders.

This year, we launched our partnership with LSE IDEAS by organising an event at the LSE. We will be developing our recruitment, publications and footprint globally with LSE IDEAS and the LSE's academic community.

This year we renewed our corporate sponsorship with Carrier, who funded all flights for our 15 professors from around the world. Many thanks for their generous support.

We partnered with Lecturers Without Borders (SciEd Network) as we are both devoted to empowering young adults by making education accessible. Our new partnership will assist us in broadening and enhancing our programs around the world. 

And we also would love to thank Seventy7 Group for their continued support and help with our beautiful annual reports design work, exceptional content and more. 
On the 18th of May 2019, PROWIBO hosted it's first student-led conference. Featuring across-generational panellists who discussed the challenges and opportunities of ‘Teaching Tech’ and the social and mental well being of young adults in the digital age. The panel included our youngest contributor Henry Adams who was 13 at the time.
Meet the panellists and find out much more 
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