South Africa Training – Biographies


Lisa J. Starr is an Assistant professor at McGill University in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) and the President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE). She completed her doctoral degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. She received a Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix while working as a secondary teacher overseas. Her teaching career led her from Canada to Pakistan, Kuwait, Mongolia and back to Canada. Her travels created a passion for the study of the relationship between identity and culture, particularly in relation to educational effectiveness, leadership, preparation of teachers and gender equity. Lisa strives to facilitate experiences beyond simple show and tell to create transformative learning environments where individuals are inspired and empowered. Her current research focus is the use of autoethnography and self-study as means to investigate, understand and make meaning of the intersections inherent in 21st century leading and learning.



Tadila Nebeb is an instructor at Woreta ATVET College and has been teaching at the College from level two to diploma and degree. Some of the courses she has taught include soil and water conservation, landscaping and floriculture, fruits and vegetable production and processing, coffee, tea, and spice production and processing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science and a Master’s degree in Horticulture.




Fikrte Medhn is an instructor at Maichew ATVET College. She graduated from Wollo University with a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science in July 2013.


Sisay Donis isSisay1 the Dean of students and a lecturer at Nedjo ATVET College. He has been lecturing for gender and development courses in
two private colleges. Over the last seven years he has been preparing modules on and teaching the following courses: performing gender mainstreaming, reducing gender gap, performing gender analysis, gender and poverty, gender, society and culture, establishing gender networking and many more.



Tigist Matusala is an instructor at Wolaita Sodo ATVET College for the last eight years. She has taught Gender and HIV- AIDS in Agriculture and Information Technology courses in the department of basic and supportive science. She has a bachelor’s degree in Gender and Development and Diploma in Information Technology. She has taken and participated in different training like Gender, Leadership, Pedagogy, Entrepreneurship and Research Methodology. And also has a Certificate of Competence (CoC) in Gender from recognized government organization. Currently she is working as an instructor and Gender Focal Person in her ATVET college.