Kirsty Newman is the Programme Director for RISE based in Oxford Policy Management.
Kirsty's passion is using evidence to improve policy and practice. She has worked with government bodies and parliaments globally to support evidence-informed policy making and spent 4 years leading DFID's Evidence into Action Team. In recent years she has focussed particularly on global education as Head of Education Policy in DFID and then as a Senior Education Specialist in the Asian Development Bank. In 2020 Kirsty led the development of the landmark Save Our Future White Paper which was endorsed by all the major multilateral organisations working on education. Kirsty originally trained as a medical researcher and has a PhD in Infectious Disease Immunology.