The OSUN Hubs envision a world in which all persons affected by crisis and/or displacement have equal access to higher education opportunities and continuous capacity building, enabling them to realize their full potential to reach individual ambitions. The Hubs seek to advocate for this access and are committed to forging such pathways via connected learning approaches in partnership with local and international stakeholders.
Through deep partnerships with OSUN partners across the Network, actors in countries of first asylum, States, refugee-led organizations, the private sector, and UN agencies, the Hubs design and implement programs for post-secondary learners, teachers working in these communities, and refugee researchers exploring issues related to refugees and displaced people. As a global leader in the refugee education space, the Hubs advocate for educational access and the needed policy changes to ensure durable solutions, to cultivate strong connections between OSUN partners, and to foreground the university as an actor for social justice through education.
Dr. Rebecca Granato, Director
Rebecca Granato is the Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at Bard College and Program Director for the Open Society University Network’s Hubs for Connected Learning Initiatives (Hubs) in Eastern Africa and the MENA region. Dr. Granato’s work focuses on developing and delivering contextualized, learner-centred learning experiences in undergraduate courses, teacher professional development and research-oriented training in places affected by crisis and displacement for refugees, internally displaced people and those in the host communities. She has also been an Associate of Bard College’s Institute for Writing & Thinking since 2004, in which capacity she has developed and delivered teacher professional development in places as far reaching as Myanmar, Jordan and Kyrgyzstan, among others. Following undergraduate and graduate studies at Bard College, Exeter College, Oxford, and CUNY, she received her PhD in Global History from the intercampus program based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.
Dr. Kerry Bystrom, Academic Lead
Shahariar Sadat, Co-Lead of The Osun Hubs Leadership
Shahariar Sadat joined the BRAC CPJ team in April 2021 as the first Director, responsible mainly for the two areas- Academic and Legal Empowerment. Shahariar is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and an accredited mediator and master trainer on mediation. Prior to joining CPJ, he was the Head of Program of Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) at BRAC.
Shahariar is a mediator of the Global Mediation Panel of the United Nations. He has worked as a country mediator of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman of the World Bank Group and a mediator for the Independent Redress mechanism of Green Climate Fund. He is also associated with Bangladesh International Arbitration Center (BIAC) as a panel mediator and master trainer.
Mr. Sadat was a partner and course coordinator of London College of Legal Studies (South), an institution which provides teaching support for qualifying law degree under English law. He had been an adjunct faculty of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and the University of Dhaka. He was the Academic Coordinator and Research Manager of the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS) and has previously played the key role of Academic Coordinator at the CPJ, Brac University.
Michael Oyoo, Program Manager
Alvaro Zuñiga, Coordinator of the Global Taskforce on Third Country Education Pathways
Anne-Marie Manishimwe, Executive Assistant to the Director
Prior to joining OSUN hubs for Connected Learning Initiatives, she actively supported refugee communities in various roles, including as a Community Navigator at RefugePoint, a Protection Monitor at HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya, a graduate attaché at the East African Centre for Forced Migration and displacement (EACFMD), and a benevolent counselor at Umoja Refugee Community Based Organization. With unwavering determination and a meticulous nature, Anne-Marie is committed to ensuring refugee access to essential services, resources, opportunities, and favorable policies that enable a dignified
life. She firmly believes that collective efforts are vital in upholding human rights and promoting improved mental health outcomes for individuals affected by forced displacement.