Our People

Cheme Palden
Director, PestalozziWorld India
Cheme’s family fled Tibet when the Communist Chinese took over, gaining refugee status in India. Her tertiary studies in London and Northern India included Osteopathy, English, and Psychology before she earned her Bachelor’s in Education.
Yashpal Kapoor
Board Chair, PestalozziWorld India
President and Founder of Io Global Services, Yashpal is an alumnus of a Pestalozzi program in the United Kingdom and graduated from the Imperial College in London.
Clarence Mwami
Director, PestalozziWorld Zambia
Clarence joined PestalozziWorld Zambia in 2015. He is a qualified accountant who previously worked at the SOS Children’s Village in Lusaka.
Cecilia Zimba
Board chair, PestalozziWorld Zambia
Cecelia is a fellow of the MIT CoLab/Global Alliance for Banking on Values Leadership Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Evelyn Hone College and a MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
Sandeep Sada
Board chair, PestalozziWorld Nepal
Sandeep, who earned his Bachelor of Science from Tribhuvan University, is now a senior program manager for YouMe Nepal. His service to others is inspired by the scholarship he received and lessons he learned from PestalozziWorld.
Phuntsok Tashi
Project Director, PestalozziWorld Nepal
Phuntsok fled to India from Tibet in 1960. He completed his primary and secondary education in the UK, where he also received a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham. For a decade, he was Project Director at the Pestalozzi Indian Village.
Elizabeth Beim
Chair, PestalozziWorld USA
Elizabeth served as the Development and Public Affairs Officer for Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation and was Senior Director on Cultural Affairs at the Americas Society. She earned her degree at Hollins College before her graduate studies at the London School of Economics. 
Kenneth Greatbatch
Board Chair, PestalozziWorld UK
Ken, a Chartered Accountant, is Chairman of Global 365 plc. His career in developing public, private equity and family businesses culminated in the founding of AZ Electronic Materials Plc, which was publicly traded before being acquired by Merck.
Joanna Nair
Director of Alumni Relations & Educational Liaison, PestalozziWorld UK
Jo, who joined PestalozziWorld in 1996, has taught in India, Nepal and Turkey. Jo is also an Academic Associate with the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia, where she earned her PhD.
Tanya Mowbray
Administrator, PestalozziWorld UK
Before joining PestalozziWorld in 2012, Tanya coordinated educational programmes for the youth charity Peace Child International and directed events for the Sustainable Futures Academy in Austria.
James Haughton
James Haughton
James joined PestalozziWorld in 2020, bringing with him 10 years experience of executive leadership within international development organisations. James is also an active Trustee on several charitable boards in the UK.

House Mothers

House Mothers
Indian Village House Mothers
Zambian House Mothers
Zambian (Ibex Hill) House Mothers
Zambian (Kasisi)
Zambian (Kasisi) House Mothers