FINE Leadership Team

The FINE Leadership Team consists of:

  • Omolabake Fakunle, University of Edinburgh
  • Blair Izard, University of Connecticut
  • Dr Marian Mahat, University of Melbourne
  • Alison Milner, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Jennifer Tatebe, University of Auckland


Omolabake Fakunle, University of Edinburghfakunle

Omolabake (Labake) is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on internationalisation of higher education and graduate employability. At Edinburgh, she is an Associate Tutor on Masters-level courses and Convenor of the student-led Internationalisation Research Group. She has contributed to research projects across the university, and nationally. Labake is currently working as project lead on a U21 funded project in collaboration with the U of Melbourne, U of Connecticut and the U of Nottingham. Labake has written publications and presented at international conferences and webinars. Labake joined the U21 FINE Leadership team in 2016.


izardBlair Izard, University of Connecticut

Blair graduated with her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut in 2010, where she also spent some time in London as part of her studies. After graduating, she pursued a teaching job at the newly formed Global Experience Magnet School where she worked alongside colleagues to develop the school’s common core curriculum, and took on leadership roles within the school. Blair’s PhD is in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Global Education. This is Blair’s first year on the FINE Leadership team.

Dr Marian Mahat, University of Melbourne

Marian is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Manager for the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, at the University of Melbourne. Marian has more than twenty years of professional and academic experience, spanning several universities, the Australian Federal and local governments, as well as the private sector. She has worked on collaborative projects, written numerous publications and presented in conferences in higher education. Marian has been a part of the U21 FINE Leadership team since 2015.


milnerAlison Milner, University of Nottingham

Alison Milner is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management, University of Nottingham.  Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, her doctoral research is a comparative study of policy discourses of teacher professionalism in England and Sweden.  Alison is currently working as a Research Assistant on an EU-funded research project on the role of teacher trade unions in EU education and training policy, and coordinator of a Universitas 21 Research Project, in collaboration with Lund University and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  This is her first year as a member of the FINE Leadership Team.



Dr Jennifer Tatebe, University of Auckland

Jennifer Tatebe is currently a Lecturer at the University of Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand. She currently teaches on a range of social justice and equity focussed Liberal Arts and Education courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her work is informed by experience in alternative, secondary, and tertiary educational settings internationally and within New Zealand. Jennifer has served  on the U21 FINE Leadership team for four years and is excited to work towards extending FINE’s network to Early Career Researchers.