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How we help

viaEd provides consultancy, insights and project support to grant giving foundations, who aim to create a better world through education and early childhood development.

Education and child development are exceptional ways of enhancing lives and building society. Our mission at viaEd is to enable grant giving foundations to enhance their impact in the rapidly developing world of education, learning and early childhood development.

From Strategy to Results

Every organisation needs to answer the big questions about its purpose, goals and values, to demonstrate that it's achieving them effectively, and to build understanding among its key stakeholders.

viaEd will help with the toughtest of strategic dilemmas, shape a new strategic direction, brings external insight, or build a results framework to tell the strategic story and results of your strategy.

From a Portfolio to Projects

Designing and delivering a portfolio of programmes and projects is at the heart of how Foundations achieve their strategy and make a real difference.

viaEd will design portfolios, establish new programmes, align programmes with a strategy, extract learning from projects, or bring additional resource and insight to a complex project at any stage of its life.

From Research to Advocacy

The best strategies and projects are underpinned by solid research and clarity over policy and advocacy objectives. They contribute to what's known, and change how people think about issues.

viaEd will develop a research informed policy position for advocacy activities, articulate new messages, or translate the academic literature to accessible concepts and language.

From Pedagogy to Technology

Technology in education is omni-present ... yet, the technology revolution in education is still in its early days (especially in developing countries) and aligns poorly with how we know people learn best.

viaEd will help you make the best use of technology in your work, challenge outdated approaches to pedagogy, or drive a project which depends on online learning.

As important as 'what' we do, is 'how' we do it. We'll put our insight and experience into your project. We'll understand you and your stakeholders. We'll collaborate with your team and partners to build momentum, energy and in-house experience. We'll measure results. We'll stay focussed but flexible.

About viaEd

viaEd was founded in 2016 to help meet the growing need for specialist consultancy for foundations working in education. We're focused, nimble and based in Switzerland with an international outlook in all our projects. We're a well networked team, so we routinely pull in specialist skills when needed.

viaEd works with foundations who address the challenges of quality learning and development at scale, especially the most disadvantaged.

We believe in the ability of quality education to change lives and society.

viaEd works and thinks internationally and holistically. We use data to drive decisions but know that it takes more than numbers alone to understand complex organisations and social challenges.

Our areas of expertise

Early childhood, school & university sectors
Informal and life-long learning
Student assessment
Business planning, operations and systems
Online and flexible learning
International education
Refugee and education in emergencies

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Who are we?

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Andrew Bollington is Managing Director and Senior Consultant. Before founding viaEd, Andrew's roles were:

Global head of research and learning at the LEGO Foundation.
Chief Operating Officer for the University of London International Programmes.
Regional Director (Africa, Europe, Middle East) for the International Baccalaureate.
Strategic Planning Director for the International Baccalaureate.
IT Director for the International Baccalaureate.

Andrew holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Management Consultancy and MBA, both from Henley Business School, and a BSc in Computing Science from Aston University.



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Mirjam Schöning is Senior Consultant with a focus on early childhood and social innovation. Mirjam´s previous roles were:

Programme Head, Learning through Play in Early Childhood at the LEGO Foundation.
Global head of programs and partnerships at the LEGO Foundation.
Senior Researcher at the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship Said Business School, Oxford University.
Director for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and member of the Executive Committee for the World Economic Forum.
Associate Consultant at Bain & Company.

Mirjam holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.



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Fiona Smith is Senior Consultant with a focus on early childhood and social innovation. Fiona´s previous roles were:

Director, Learning through Play in Early Childhood at the LEGO Foundation.
Head of Licensed Markets, M-KOPA, Kenya.
Senior Director at GSMA Foundation & GSMA Mobile for Development.
Organisational Development Consultant at VSO Bangladesh.
Management Consultant at Accenture
Various teaching positions in the U.K., Poland, Spain, Cambodia, Ecuador and India

Fiona holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Stirling and a Cambridge ELT Certificate in English Language Teaching



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Contact us

If you would like to make contact with us, please reach out via LinkedIn.