Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer

Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education. Credit: GPE/Grant Ellis

Ms. Alice P. Albright was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education's Secretariat in February 2013. Since joining GPE, Ms. Albright has strengthened the position of GPE to be a major delivery agency of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Ms. Albright travels extensively to GPE partner countries and meets with ministers of education and finance, as well as all education stakeholder groups, to promote progress and support efforts toward a quality, inclusive education.

The Global Partnership for Education is made up of 65 developing country governments, as well as other donor governments, civil society organizations/NGOs, teacher organizations, international organizations, and private sector organizations and foundations. Their common mission is to mobilize global and national efforts to contribute to the achievement of equitable, quality education and learning for all, through inclusive partnership, a focus on effective and efficient education systems and increased financing.

Before taking on her role as CEO at GPE, Ms. Albright served in the Obama Administration as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) from 2009 to 2013. In that position she led a significant expansion of the bank’s operations. Ms. Albright also launched a number of initiatives to modernize Ex-Im and extend its reach to underserved businesses and markets.

From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Albright served as the Chief Financial and Investment Officer for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and from 2003, additionally, as the head of GAVI's Washington, DC office. Working closely with GAVI's partners, she helped develop and implement the strategy that transformed GAVI from a start-up to one of the most successful and respected public-private partnerships working in international development. Ms. Albright led GAVI's innovative finance program, which enhanced the delivery and financing of vaccines and immunization services in the world's poorest countries. She also led GAVI's efforts to design and launch the International Finance Facility for Immunization, an award-winning program to enhance GAVI's ability to finance the purchase of vaccines.

Previously, Ms. Albright worked as a banker with a focus on emerging markets and held a variety of positions at the Carlyle Group, JP Morgan, Bankers Trust Company and Citicorp.

Ms. Albright serves on the Expert Panel on Financing Education of the Education Commission, two working groups to explore financing and refugee education issues, the Board of Regents at Mercersburg Academy, the Board of Directors of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, and the Strategic Advisory Group of the Hilleman Labs. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated with a BA with Honors in History from Williams College, holds an MA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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