Brooks is the Member of Parliament for Braintree (Essex), and was elected in 2005. Since then he has served as a Government Whip, Lords Commissioner and Member of the Treasury and Science & Technology Select Committees. Before entering politics Brooks was a Senior Partner at Apollo Management, a leading international private equity firm. He studied at Harvard College (AB History), Harvard Business School (MBA Finance) and Worcester College, Oxford. Brooks serves on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association and co-founded Women2Win, a UK-based organisation which encourages women into politics and public service. Brooks is married with five children.
Kitty co-founded APIE with Brooks Newmark in 2009 following a year spent in Kigali during which she was editor of Rwanda's Sunday Times, the weekly edition of the country's only English language daily. Kitty and Brooks met in Rwanda as part of the Conservative Party's social action project, Project Umubano. Kitty started out at the International Herald Tribune in Paris before heading back to university to do a Masters in African Studies at SOAS in London. Whilst in Rwanda, Kitty taught English at a local primary school. Kitty currently lives in London where she works on the Africa desk at Aegis Advisory.
Kate Hannon joined the APIE team as School Development Manager in 2011. With experience in international education in the USA, China, Portugal and Tanzania, she came to Kigali to guide local staff in the continued advancement of their teaching practices and educational standards. Now, as the first Rwanda Country Director, Kate continues to use her expertise to develop APIE's education activities and evaluate projects for impact and relevance in Rwanda's education sector.
Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Behavior Analysis and a Masters in Education with a focus in Early Childhood and Language Acquisition.
Emily joined APIE as the Education Projects Manager in November 2012. She has a background in elementary education with specialities in teaching non-native English speakers and special education. After having taught in the US as well as internationally in Togo and Morocco, she transitioned into international development work and managed a public health project in northern Haiti. Following that, she served as director of an adult literacy programme in the US where she trained volunteers to be tutors for immigrant and American learners. Now, in Rwanda, she is able to build on all of these experiences and lend her expertise in teaching as well as organisational management as she works to establish Umubano Primary School as a high quality centre for teaching and learning.