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VISION

A world where all children have a Bright Start in life enabling them to reach their full potential

VISION

A world where all children have a Bright Start in life enabling them to reach their full potential

MISSION

The first Five Years of life lay the foundation for the future success of all children. We will work collaboratively with all who share our passion to deploy actionable strategies to optimize children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development in all settings where young children spend their time.

MISSION

The first Five Years of life lay the foundation for the future success of all children. We will work collaboratively with all who share our passion to deploy actionable strategies to optimize children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development in all settings where young children spend their time.

OUR PEOPLE

Meet the people who are shaping the vision of the Bright Start Foundation

BOARD MEMBERS

christakis DIMITRI A. CHRISTAKIS

Chair

Editor, JAMA Pediatrics, Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington, USA

almai AHMAD M. ALMAI

MD, Consultant, Chief of Child

Psychiatry, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, United Arab Emirates

connell FREDERICK A. CONNELL

MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, US

cunningham STEVE CUNNINGHAM

Consultant & Honorary Reader in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK

jaqueline JACQUELINE HARDING

PHD, MA CERT ED, Director Tomorrow's Child, Director Parentchannel.tv

randa RANDA JAROUDI SAADEH

Senior Scientist, Consultant on Nutrition and Child Health, Geneva, Switzerland

woolridge MIKE WOOLRIDGE

University College London, Institute of Child Health, Honorary Senior Lecturer

antonio ANTONIO FAPPIANO

Administrator & Financial Controller of Bright Start Foundation

ADVISORY COUNCIL

gialamas STEFANOS GIALAMAS

Chair

Ph.D, President, ACS Athens, Greece

makropoulos CATHY MAKROPOULOS

Vice Chair

Director, Montclare Children’s School, New York, USA

barbarosoglu GÜLAY BARBAROSOĞLU

Ph.D, Professor of industrial engineering, General Director of Hisar School, Istanbul, Turkey

perakis CHRIS PERAKIS

Consultant of Learning Support and Educational Testing, International Schools (ECIS)

botten-pleij ANN BOTTEN PLEIJ

Transition kindergarten teacher, American School of The Hague, Netherlands

schug MARIAH SCHUG

Associate Professor of Psychology at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

yalkin SIBEL YALKIN

Preschool Principal and K12 Head of Counselling Department of Hisar School, Istanbul, Turkey