Opening doors for the next generation

Dr. Cassie Landers

Member of the International Advisory Board


Dr Cassie Landers is Associate Professor, Department of Population and Family Health at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She did her doctorate from Harvard University on comparative human development. She also did her masters in maternal and child health from Harvard University and did her masters in Public health from Columbia University. She has been serving as a Senior education consultant at the Open Society Institute UK, In this capacity, she was the Academic Advisor for the development of Masters Program in ECD at, IED, BRAC University. At present she is guiding the thesis program on ECD in IED, BRAC University.

Dr. Landers has developed a Behavioral Paediatrics training course under WHO auspices for pediatric residents and medical students in developing countries. She was a Senior Research Fellow, Ready to Learn, the International Center on Care and Education of Children of Academy for Education Development, Washington DC. She is the coordinator of an international, inter-agency group designed to strengthen programs beneting young children and their families in the International Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development and a consultant to UNICEF; New York, She was also a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Health Promotion Research at the American Health Foundation; New York. She is the author of many books, articles published in journals and developer of a number of videos.

Dr. Indrani Talagala

Member of the International Advisory Board


Dr. Indrani Talagala is currently working as the Consultant of the Early Childhood Development Standards Project conducted under the Children's Secretariat of the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs, Sri Lanka. She is also a visiting academic of the Faulty of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka and a member of the National Committee on ECCD of the Ministry of Child development and Women's Affairs. She was the former Head of the Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education of the Open University of Sri Lanka. She has been serving in the Open University of Sri Lanka since 1989. Prior to joining the Open University of Sri Lanka she has been a teacher and a course guide developer in the Curriculum Development Centre of the Ministry of Education. She has been a lecturer, lesson writer, and an editor for Master of Arts in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and Diploma and Certificate programmes in preschool Education. She has also served as Student Counselor, representing Faculty of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka.

She developed home based learning materials for primary school children in Grade 1 to 5 in conics affected areas for Ministry of Education. She has presented numerous papers at local and International conferences. She has conducted the mid decade assessment of the EFA goal 1 with Dr. S. Fernandopulle for Ministry of Education which was published in 2008. She has been contributing to IED, BRAC University as visiting faculty for Early Childhood Development program and advising the thesis students.

Dr. Talagala obtained her M Phil and PhD in the area of ECCD from the University of Colombo.

Ms. Janet Jamieson

Member of the International Advisory Board


Janet Jamieson is the Chair of Community Services at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada where she manages programs in Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Care, Disability and Community Support as well a variety of community-based programs and projects. Janet has worked collaboratively with many community groups in Manitoba to deliver contextualized education programs, presents regularly at conferences and sits on several local and national committees. Janet has a particular interest in knowledge translation through developing educational resources and has co-produced several video series including Our Children, Our Ways: Early Childhood Education in First Nations and Inuit Communities, Family Resource Programs, Listening to Babies, Tuning into Toddlers and is a lead author of the online multimedia resource, The Science of Early Child Development (SECD). Janet has worked with IED-BRAC University, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development and the World Bank in developing an international version of SECD that is now being used widely as a course and resource. Janet has an undergraduate degree from Queen's University and a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Faith Lamb-Parker

Member of the International Advisory Board of ICHD


Faith Lamb-Parker is a Senior Research Scientist at Bank Street College of Education. She directs the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, one of six centers that develop materials and professional development trainings for the Early Head Start/Head Start and child care and education communities. She works internationally in South Africa, Bangladesh, and Liberia using a community-based co-construction model to develop and implement early childhood and family programs. From 1995-2010, Dr. Lamb-Parker was Assistant Clinical Professor of Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, where she conducted research/evaluation, taught infant/child development, and directed their international practicum program. She has been serving as a senior education consultant to Open Society Foundations, Early Childhood Division,UK since 2007. In this capacity, she was a faculty member to BRAC/IED in developing the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Masters Program; consulted to BRAC/IED on parent/family engagement, and introduced and co-developed of an international classroom tool for assessing preschool classroom quality and ongoing professional development of teachers (GROE) for Bangladesh.Recent publications focus on international issues related to young children and families. Dr. Lamb-Parker received her PhD in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research and a MS in early childhood development from City College, NYC.