Xanthe Scharff

Dr. Xanthe Scharff is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Fuller Project, an award-winning nonprofit journalism organization reporting on women. Xanthe is a journalist, social entrepreneur and gender policy expert. Based out of Washington DC, her reporting features in TIME, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs and other outlets.

Xanthe is the founder of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, a thriving nonprofit in East Africa which has served 3000 girls with secondary school opportunities. The Obama Foundation, CBS’s The Early Show, Voice of America, The Christian Science Monitor, and African media outlets have featured the organization’s work.

In her 15 years as a social entrepreneur, Xanthe has partnered with and advised dozens of the world’s leading foundations working for women and girls. Formerly, Xanthe was the associate director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, a Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace and an Education Pioneers Fellow.

The Fletcher School awarded Xanthe her doctorate for research on post-conflict education in Africa, during which time she was named Minear Fellow, Earhart Fellow, Henry Leir Fellow and was an Active Citizenship Fellow. She has worked with organizations including: The World Bank, United Nations, Arabella Advisors, CARE, and Save the Children. Having lived in Argentina and Peru, Xanthe speaks Spanish. She has also lived in Turkey, Uganda, Sudan, and Malawi and is now based in DC with her two children. If not working, she can be found playing soccer or training for a race.

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