Daniels Akpan is a Research Assistant at Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) and a graduate student in the Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Education. He is also enrolled in both graduate certificate programs in Innovation for Public Good and Participatory Research at UNC-CH. He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. He has also received training from the Appalachian State University(USA), the University of Addis Ababa(Ethiopia), and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (Ghana). Daniel’s research interests include international education policy, international development, women and girls’ education, and empowerment. He has experience working with marginalized and vulnerable populations at the African Centre for Education Development, where he designed and implemented several projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Cameroon, reaching over 120,000 young people.