Marika Tsolakis is the researcher for the Education Under Attack 2020 report. Marika has extensive experience in education and child protection issues in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Senegal and Brazil. Most recently, she led a study on the impacts of psychosocial support trainings for teachers in Eastern Congo within the Rapid Response to Movements of Population (RRMP) Program. She has previously consulted for UNICEF, Norwegian Refugee Council, ActionAid and Amnesty International. Marika holds a PhD in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, University College London where her doctoral research examined the interface of non-formal learning, politics and transitional justice in post-conflict Abidjan. Marika was awarded a Global Challenges Research Fund postdoctoral fellowship to conduct policy engagement in West and Central Africa. Marika speaks French, Greek, Wolof and Portuguese.