Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education sets the partnership’s policies and strategies.

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

The responsibilities of the Board include: reviewing annual objectives of the partnership, mobilizing resources, monitoring financial resources and funding, advocating for the partnership, and overseeing the secretariat budget and work plan.


The Board of Directors is comprised of 20 constituencies representing all the partners of the partnership. A Board member and an alternate Board member represent each constituency. Board members serve for 2 years.

Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Africa 1
Eritrea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), Tanzania (Mainland and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Elyas Abdi Jillaow
OGW, Director General, Ministry of Education, State Department of Early Learning & Basic Education, Kenya
Edgar Moyo
Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Zimbabwe
Africa 2
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Togo
Marie Michelle Sahondrarimalala
Minister of National Education, Madagascar
Komla Dodzi Kokoroko
Minister of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education and Crafts, Togo
Africa 3
Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan
Awut Deng Acuil
Minister of General Education and Instruction, South Sudan
David Moinina Sengeh
Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone
Asia and the Pacific
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Maldives, Marshall Islands, FS Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Golam Md. Hashibul Alam
Secretary, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Bangladesh
Ram Prasad Thapaliya
Government Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), Nepal
Eastern Europe, Middle East and Central Asia
Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Rangina Hamidi
Minister of Education, Afghanistan
Usman Sharifxodjayev
First Deputy Minister of Education, Uzbekistan
Latin America and the Caribbean
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Luis Hernández
Director General de Educación Primaria del Ministerio de Educación, Nicaragua
Didacus Jules
Director General, OECS
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Donor 1
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Donatienne Hissard
Deputy Director for Sustainable Development
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sabina Handschin
Senior Education Policy Advisor, Head of Education Unit,
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Donor 2
Denmark, Sweden
Anna Rosendahl
Head of Unit for Global Social Development
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Line Baagø-Rasmussen
Chief Technical Advisor, Education and Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Donor 3
Canada, United Kingdom
Alicia Herbert
Head, Youth and Education Department (YED), Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Louise Holt
Director General, Social Development, Global Affairs Canada
Donor 4
Finland, Ireland, Norway, United Arab Emirates
Camilla Helgø Fossberg
Policy Director, Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Rashid Salem Alshamsi
Director, Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates
Donor 5
European Commission, Germany, Italy, Spain
Martin Seychell
Deputy Director General, Directorate for International Partnerships, European Commission
Heike Kuhn
Head of Education Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Donor 6
Australia, Japan, Korea, United States
LeAnna Marr
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Sarah Lendon
Director, Health and Education Finance, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Civil Society
Organizations 1 *

Kira Boe
Education Policy Lead, Oxfam
Yona Nestel
Senior Education Advocacy and Policy Advisor, Plan International
Civil Society
Organizations 2

Developing Country
Laura Giannecchini
Institutional Development Coordinator, Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE)
Helen Dabu
Deputy Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Civil Society
Organizations 3

Teaching Profession
Gifty Anyogbe Apanbil
Deputy Secretary General at Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT)
Haldis Holst
Deputy General Secretary, Education International
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Private Sector David Boutcher
Board member of Theirworld and the Global Business Coalition for Education, and Partner in Reed Smith LLP
Emily Friedman
Head of Business Investment for Education Impact, Global Business Coalition for Education
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Foundations Randa Grob-Zakhary
CEO, Insights for Education
Imad Sabi
Senior Program Officer, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Multilateral Agency 1
Stefania Giannini
Assistant Director General, Education, UNESCO
Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa
Director for the Division for Education 2030, UNESCO
Multilateral Agency 2
Robert Jenkins
Chief, Global Education, UNICEF
Mamadou Dian Balde
Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Inclusion Service, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR
Multilateral Agency 3
Multilateral and Regional Banks
Luis Benveniste
Regional Director, Human Development, Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank
Amadou Thierno Diallo
Director, Economic and Social Infrastructure Department, Islamic Development Bank

* More information about joining the Northern CSO constituency


The Board of Directors meets face-to-face generally twice a year to review progress and make strategic decisions. Other meetings may also be held throughout the year as needed. See all Board meetings below, including documents circulated and decisions made.


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Date Type Reference Decision Background documents
March 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/03-06 Additional financing to South Sudan
March 2021 Audio conference BOD/2021/03-01 Enhanced global governance function
March 2021 Audio conference BOD/2021/03-02 Configuration and mandate of Board committees
March 2021 Audio conference BOD/2021/03-03 Governance implications of operating model
March 2021 Audio conference BOD/2021/03-04 Accepted practices and operating procedures
March 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/03-03 El Salvador Multiplier maximum allocation
March 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/03-04 Multiplier maximum allocation to Guatemala
March 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/03-05 Multiplier maximum allocation to Moldova
March 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/03-02 Multiplier maximum allocation to Côte d’Ivoire
March 2021 CEO/2021/03-01 Implementation grant to Nicaragua
March 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/03-01 Bangladesh accelerated funding
February 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/02-03 Multiplier grant to Ethiopia
February 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/02-02 Niger accelerated funding
February 2021 - None - CEO/2021/02-01 Implementation grant to FS Micronesia
February 2021 Non-objection BOD/2021/02-01 Strategy and Impact Committee membership


Five committees support the Board in fulfilling its functions in a strategic, transparent, and efficient manner.

Coordinating Committee: facilitates the work of the other Board committees; makes time-sensitive decisions between face-to-face meetings of the Board and acts as a sounding board for the Chief Executive Officer on matters regarding the Secretariat’s roles and responsibilities.

Mandate | Members | Chair: Julia Gillard

Finance and Risk Committee: oversees risk management practices, financial management and audit arrangements of GPE and its resources; provides advice to the Board to ensure that GPE resources are being managed efficiently, and consistently with its mission, objectives and policies.

Mandate | Members | Chair: Frédéric Depetris

Governance and Ethics Committee: oversees global governance arrangements and ethical standards as well as recommends policies, practices, and/or procedures to the Board to ensure that GPE is structured, governed and functioning effectively and ethically at the global level.

Mandate | Members | Chair: Nesmy Manigat

Grants and Performance Committee: recommends grant proposals to reflect GPE strategic priorities and make decision on proposed revisions; tracks progress on the portfolio of grants awarded from GPE resources and oversees the education sector plan quality assurance process.

Mandate | Members | Chair: Sally Gear

Strategy and Impact Committee: oversees the development of strategies and policies that promote best practices and foster innovation in education; monitors the implementation of GPE’s strategic plan, provides recommendations for the annual results report, and oversees independent evaluations of GPE.

Mandate | Members | Chair: David Archer