Shannon May

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Bridge International Academies

Shannon May is the Co-Founder of Bridge International Academies, the largest network of technology enabled schools in Africa. Bridge believes that every child has the right to high quality education and partners with governments, communities, teachers and parents to ensure that all children can fulfil their potential. The first Bridge International Academy opened in 2009 and has educated over 300,000 pupils at over 520 primary and nursery schools across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and India. Prior to founding Bridge she served as an advisor to many international organizations and sustainable cities around the world. Her experience also extends to the classroom, having taught in primary, middle, and secondary schools in both China and the US, as well as in the university lecture halls of the University of California, Berkeley. Shannon received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.