Board of Directors

Learn more about Board members and their responsibilities and browse Board decisions and meeting documents

The GPE Board of Directors 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 performance of key strategic initiatives that are core to GPE’s goals
  • considering the key risks that can derail those goals
  • adapting and adjusting its business model and platforms as warranted.

The Board also serves as a global leader, advocate and convenor for education.


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 (Federal, Puntland, Somaliland), Tanzania (Mainland, Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Edgar Moyo
Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education
Abdullahi Abukar Haji
Federal Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education
Federal Government of Somalia
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
Komla Dodzi Kokoroko
Minister of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education and Crafts
Kosmadji Merci
Minister of National Education and Civic Promotion
Africa 3
Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan
David Moinina Sengeh
Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education
Sierra Leone
Sunday S.T. Echono
Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education
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
Ram Prasad Thapaliya
Government Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST)
Jimmy Uguro
Minister, Ministry of Education
Papua New Guinea
Eastern Europe, Middle East and Central Asia
Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Usman Sharifxodjayev Ulfatovich
First Deputy Minister of Public Education
Latin America and the Caribbean
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Didacus Jules
Director General Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Saint Lucia
Doris Margot Gutierrez
Project Coordinator Ministry of Education
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Donor 1
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Donatienne Hissard
Deputy Director for Sustainable Development
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sabina Handschin
Head of Education, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Donor 2
Denmark, Sweden
Line Baagø-Rasmussen
Chief Technical Advisor, Education and Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Per Magnusson
Senior Program Specialist
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Donor 3
Canada, United Kingdom
Alicia Herbert
Director, Education, Gender and Equality and Gender Envoy, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
United Kingdom
Louise Holt
Director General, Social Development,
Global Affairs
Donor 4
Finland, Ireland, Norway, United Arab Emirates
Camilla Helgø Fossberg
Policy Director, Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Rashid Al Shamsi
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 Human Development, Migration, Governance and Peace and Resources
European Commission
Heike Kuhn
Head of Division, Education, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Donor 6
Australia, Japan, Korea, United States
LeAnna Marr
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator,
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States of America
Aedan Whyatt
Acting Assistant Secretary,
Education and Social Protection Branch,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
(Northern/Developed Country)
Kira Boe
Education Co-Lead, Oxfam Ibis
Yona Nestel
Inclusive Quality Education Lead, Plan International
(Developing Country)
Solange Akpo-Gnandi
Regional Coordinator Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA)
Abeer Tamimi Darwazeh
Capacity Building and Learning Coordinator
Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA)
West Bank and Gaza
(Teaching Profession)
Haldis Holst
Deputy General Secretary
Education International Belgium
Dennis Sinyolo
Regional Director
Educational International,
Africa Region
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Private Sector David Boutcher
Partner, Global Business Coalition for Education,
and Partner in Reed Smith LLP
United Kingdom
Emily Friedman
Head of Business Investment
Global Business Coalition for Education
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Private Foundations Euan Wilmshurst
Head of Advocacy and Communication
LEGO Foundation
Carolyne Ng’eny
Program Officer
Firelight Foundation
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Multilateral Agency 1
Stefania Giannini
Assistant Director General, Education,
Valerie Guarnieri
Assistant Executive Director
Multilateral Agency 2
Robert Jenkins
Chief, Education Section and Associate Director
Rebecca Telford
Deputy Director
Chief of Education Section,
Division of Resilience and Solutions,
Multilateral Agency 3
(Multilateral and Regional Banks)
Luis Benveniste
Regional Director, Human Development, Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank
United States
Syed Husain Quadri
Acting Director, Resilience and Social Development Department
Islamic Development Bank


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
November 2021 Non-objection BOD/2021/11-01 Extension of provisional Independent Technical Advisory Panel
October 2021 Audio conference FRC/2021/10-01 Increase of system capacity grant allocations for federal countries and Eastern Caribbean and Pacific regions
October 2021 Audio conference FRC/2021/10-02 Multiplier efficiency and transparency improvements
October 2021 Audio conference FRC/2021/10-03 Accreditation of Inter-American Development Bank as GPE grant agent
October 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/10-01 Revision to Zimbabwe program implementation grant
October 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/10-02 Extension of start date of Mali program implementation grant and accelerated grant
September 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/09-01 Extension of Multiplier grant to Côte d'Ivoire
September 2021 Audio conference FRC/2021/09-01 Indicative allocations for GPE grants
September 2021 Audio conference FRC/2021/09-02 West Bank and Gaza sub-account
September 2021 Audio conference FRC/2021/09-03 Education Out Loud top up
August 2021 Non-objection BOD/2021/08-04 Revised membership of the Finance and Risk Committee
August 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/08-03 Implementation grant to Syria
August 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/08-01 Multiplier grant and restructuring of implementation grant. Malawi
August 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/08-02 Proposed revision to Pakistan-Punjab implementation grant
July 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/07-02 Multiplier grant to Pakistan Sindh


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

Executive Committee: carries out specific administrative functions and decisions as delegated by the Board, performs an advisory role to the Chief Executive Officer, both on general matters and specifically about recommendations to the Board on forthcoming grant application approvals, and monitors adequacy and implementation of GPE’s governance and ethics policies.

Mandate | Members | Chair: Susan Liautaud

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

Mandate | Members | Chair: Nesmy Manigat

Performance, Impact and Learning Committee: monitors and oversees GPE’s performance, impact and learning, with a dedicated focus on results and based on data and evidence. This committee also oversees the implementation of GPE’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework and champions GPE’s engagement in wider global education initiatives.

Mandate | Members | Chair: Donatienne Hissard