Gopal Iyer is an Educational Specialist at the GCRF Water Security and Sustainability Development Hub at the University of Newcastle. At the Hub he is responsible for developing the educational portfolio through the development of hands-on curriculum, focused on some of the most pressing problems including climate change, gender equality and the challenges of achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in emerging parts of the globe. Prior to his academic career, he worked with developmental organisations such as AC Nielsen, World Bank, and Xseed, where, as a consultant, he was involved in education policy research. At the World Bank he managed the (Programme for International Student Assessment) PISA programme which focused on measuring the learning outcomes in young adults and school children. As an educator and a practitioner, his primary focus has been to work with lower socio-economic communities, helping him to embrace the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in his teaching and research activities.