Trine Petersen joined the Open Society Education Support Program in 2011. She is coordinating the program’s South-South Cooperation Programme for Lusophone Countries aimed at strengthening education justice and promoting social development through education amongst and between Brazil and the Lusophone countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe). She also works to support the development of the Privatization in Education Research Initiative and on education in conflict and crisis affected contexts.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Petersen worked in programme management for a number of different international non-governmental organizations and has also worked in organizational development and capacity building for the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All in Nigeria. She holds a BA (Joint Honors) in African Studies and Geography from the University of Birmingham and an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies.