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Jo Chaffer

With in-depth Higher Education expertise, Jo works with HEIs, HE agencies and Ministries internationally supporting and enabling leadership development, strategic approaches to leadership and governance with a particular interest in feminized leadership.
Advance HE
Job Title
Key Global Associate

Jo's accomplishments include design of academic professional development programmes such as British Council’s global Researcher Connect; developing the Knowledge Exchange Strategic Plan for Pakistan’s HEC; Senior Women’s Leadership programme and Policy Dialogue, Tashkent; sector transformation support in Myanmar and Uzbekistan; a campus strategy review for the University of Cumbria.

Jo has a PhD in Leadership Development from Lancaster University. Her research focused on democratizing and problematising containment, the practice of psychological safety, with firms in South Asia and an HEI in the UK. Her research produced a new approach to methodologies and insights into the importance of Place for doing leadership.

As an educator she also designs and delivers Masters / CPD modules with the Institute for Leadership & Sustainability.

She is a qualified and experienced coach (currently coaching UK senior HE leaders), facilitator, trainer/Master Trainer, and has also designed mentor programmes for HE leaders.

Having lived and worked in South Asia for nearly a decade, Jo has an expertise in cultural bridging, bringing new perspectives and supporting collaboration, learning and partnership building across sectors and countries. She’s currently learning to keep both feet on the ground in Australia.

Beyond the worlds of professional and organisational development Jo creates and leads trips for trekkers, climbers and cyclists in the Himalaya and other mountainous and wild places. or LinkedIn for more information

Clients include: British Council; Ministry of Education, Peru;  Ministry of Higher & Secondary Education, Uzbekistan; Ministries of Tourism, Nepal and Sikkim; multiple universities in UK, France, Switzerland, Qatar, UAE, Brazil, China, Taiwan, India; Vishal Group (global); Thamserku group (Nepal); Barclays (India);  Patagonia (Europe); Higher Education Commission, Pakistan; UNDP; UNHCR; UNICEF; dZi Foundation; Intrepid.