Overview

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The Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors is the supreme governing body of the partnership and sets its policies and strategies.

The Board mirrors the wide-ranging and diverse nature of the Global Partnership and includes members from developing country governments and all development partners: donors, civil society organizations, private sector and foundations, and multilateral agencies and regional banks.

Responsibilities

  • Review of annual objectives of the Partnership
  • Resource mobilization
  • Monitoring of financial resources and funding
  • Partnership advocacy
  • Oversight of Secretariat budget and work plan.

Composition of the Board

19 voting members sit on the Board of Directors and represent a constituency consisting of a large group of countries, agencies or organizations.

Developing Country Partners
  • Africa 1
    Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Africa 2
    Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo
  • Africa 3
    Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan
  • Asia and the Pacific
    Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • Eastern Europe, Middle East and Central Asia
    Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Sudan, Tajikistan, Yemen
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
    Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua
Donor Partners
  • Donor 1
    Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
  • Donor 2
    Australia, Spain
  • Donor 3
    Canada, United Kingdom
  • Donor 4
    Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden
  • Donor 5
    European Commission, France, Germany, Italy
  • Donor 6
    Japan, Russia, United States
Civil Society Organizations
  • Civil Society Organizations 1
    International/Northern
  • Civil Society Organizations 2
    Developing Country
  • Civil Society Organizations 3
    Teaching Profession
Private Sector and Foundations
  • Private Sector and Foundations
Multilateral Agencies
  • Multilateral Agency 1
    UNESCO
  • Multilateral Agency 2
    UNICEF
  • Multilateral Agency 3
    Multilateral and Regional Banks

Board Members

The Board is comprised of 19 members representing the main constituencies of the Global Partnership. A Board member and an Alternate Board member represent each constituency. Board members serve for 2 years.

Constituency Board Members Alternate Board Members
Africa 1
Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Keratile Thabana
Principal Secretary, Lesotho
Daniel Nkaada
Commissioner/Basic Education, Uganda
Africa 2
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo
Sérigne Mbaye Thiam
Minister of Education, Senegal
Kandia-Kamissoko Camara
Minister of National Education, Cote d’Ivoire
Africa 3
Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan
Charles Y. Aheto-Tsegah
Deputy Director-General, Ghana Education Service Ministries
Ato Shiferaw Shigutie
Minister of Education, Ethiopia
Asia and the Pacific
Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Vietnam
Bendito Dos Santos Freitas
Minister of Education, Timor Leste
Lytou Bouapao
Vice Minister of Education and Sports, Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR
Eastern Europe, Middle East and Central Asia
Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Farooq Wardak
Minister of Education, Afghanistan
Nuriddin Saidov
Minister of Education, Tajikistan
Latin America and the Caribbean
Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua
Priya Manickchand
Minister of Education, Guyana
Sandra Maribel Sánchez Rivera
Subsecretaría Administrativa-Financiera, Secretaría de Educación, Honduras
Donor 1
Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Yvonne Stassen
Deputy Director, Social Development Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Hansjürg Ambühl
Head West Africa Division
Federal Department of Foreign Affaires FDFA
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Donor 2
Australia, Spain
Chris Tinning
Minister Counsellor, Australia Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Francisco Gutiérrez Soto
Head of Education Division, Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation
Donor 3
Canada, United Kingdom
Donal Brown
Head, Global Funds Department and DFID representative, Geneva
Christina Buchan
Director for Health and Education Programming and Institutions Division - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Canada
Donor 4
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden
Olav Seim
Senior Advisor, Section for Global Initiatives, Dept of UN Affairs, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nathalia Feinberg
Head of Department, Technical Advisory Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Donor 5
European Commission, France, Germany, Italy
Veronique Lorenzo
Head of Unit "Education, Research, Culture"- EuropeAid, European Commission
Roland Lindenthal
Head of Education Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Donor 6
Japan, Russia, United States
Atsushi Karimata
Senior Coordinator, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Natasha de Marcken
Director, Office of Education, Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID
Civil Society
Organizations 1

International/Northern
David Archer
International Head of Education, ActionAid International
Joseph O'Reilly
Head of Education, Save the Children UK
Civil Society
Organizations 2

Developing Country
Cheikh Mbow
National Coordinator, COSYDEP (Coalition des Organisations en Synergie pour la Défense de l’Education Publique)
Madiana Nyanda Samba
Board member, Education For all Sierra Leone (EFA-SL)
Civil Society
Organizations 3

Teaching Profession
Marième Sakho Dansokho
General Secretary, Syndicat des Professeurs du Senegal (SYPROS)
David Edwards
Deputy General Secretary, Education International
Private Sector/Foundations
Amanda Gardiner
Head of International Affairs, Pearson plc
Peter Colenso
Director, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Multilateral Agency 1
UNESCO
Qian Tang
Assistant Director General, Education, UNESCO
David Atchoarena
Director, Teacher Development and Higher Education, UNESCO
Multilateral Agency 2
UNICEF
Geeta Rao Gupta
Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
Jo Bourne
Senior Education Advisor, UNICEF
Multilateral Agency 3
Multilateral and Regional Banks
Elizabeth King
Director of Education, Human Development Network, World Bank
Jouko Sarvi
Practice Leader Education Sector, Regional and Sustainable Development Department and Chair, Education Sector Community of Practice, Asian Development Bank

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets face-to-face generally twice a year to review progress and make strategic decisions regarding the Global Partnership for Education.

Meetings throughout the year may also be held by other means, including audio and video conferences.

Here is a list of all meetings by type, with documents circulated to the Board and decisions made.

Meetings

Meetings

Audio-conferences

March 26, 2014



February 10, 2014



October 7, 2013



July 23, 2013



July 15, 2013



April 3, 2013



February 7, 2013



December 18, 2012



October 9, 2012



September 18, 2012



July 31, 2012



January 12, 2012



December 15, 2011



September 15, 2011



August 24, 2011

E-mail decisions

Board Chair

GPE Board Meeting in Berlin, 2012

The Chair of the Global Partnership for Education is independent of any constituency and represents the Board of Directors and the Partnership as a whole.

Responsibilities

  • Provides political and intellectual leadership for the Global Partnership for Education and represents the Partnership and the Board of Directors in political and public fora
  • Leads the Global Partnership for Education resource mobilization efforts
  • Facilitates decision making - including on strategy and policies - and follow-through to assure their implementation
  • Convenes and chairs the Partnership, Board of Directors and other Global Partnership for Education meetings.

Board Chair Biography

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard comes to the Global Partnership for Education after a distinguished career of public service in Australia. She served as Prime Minister of Australia between 2010 and 2013 and successfully managed Australia’s economy during the global economic crisis.

Education is Ms. Gillard’s passion. She reformed Australia’s education at every level, from early childhood to higher education, with a special focus on disadvantaged children. She delivered new standards to improve the quality of childcare and access to early childhood education for every Australian child. She developed a needs-based funding system for every school and ensured that funding was tied to a quality improvement agenda of better teaching, individual learning plans and parental engagement. Ms. Gillard also established Australia’s first national curriculum and ensured significant investment in school buildings.

Before becoming Prime Minister, Ms. Gillard was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion.

From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Gillard served as Shadow Minister for Health followed in 2006 by an appointment as Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Social Inclusion.

In 2003, Ms. Gillard took on responsibilities for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration in 2001. Previously, from 1998 to 2000, Ms. Gillard was a member of the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations.

From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Gillard served as Chief-of-Staff to the Opposition Leader of the State of Victoria.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Gillard worked as a solicitor in Melbourne with the law firm Slater and Gordon and became a partner in 1990.

Ms. Gillard retired from political life following the 2013 Australian national election.