Board of Directors

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

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 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.

Members

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
Zimbabwe
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
Togo
Pending
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
Nigeria
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)
Nepal
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
Uzbekistan
Attaullah Wahidyar
Deputy Minister of Education
Ministry of Education
Afghanistan
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
OECS
Doris Margot Gutierrez
Project Coordinator Ministry of Education
Honduras
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Donor 1
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Donatienne Hissard
Deputy Director for Sustainable Development
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
France
Sabina Handschin
Head of Education, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Switzerland
Donor 2
Denmark, Sweden
Line Baagø-Rasmussen
Chief Technical Advisor, Education and Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Denmark
Per Magnusson
Senior Program Specialist
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Sweden
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
Canada
Donor 4
Finland, Ireland, Norway, United Arab Emirates
Camilla Helgø Fossberg
Policy Director, Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norway
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)
Germany
Donor 6
Australia, Japan, Korea, United States
LeAnna Marr
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator,
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States of America
Sarah Lendon
Director, Health and Education Finance,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Australia
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
CSO 1
(Northern/Developed Country)
Kira Boe
Education Co-Lead, Oxfam Ibis
Denmark
Yona Nestel
Education Policy and Advocacy Lead, Plan International
Canada
CSO 2
(Developing Country)
Solange Akpo-Gnandi
Regional Coordinator Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA)
Senegal
Abeer Tamimi Darwazeh
Capacity Building and Learning Coordinator
Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA)
West Bank and Gaza
CSO 3
(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 for Education Impact,
Global Business Coalition for Education
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Private Foundations Euan Wilmshurst
Head of Advocacy and Communication
LEGO Foundation
Denmark
Carolyne Ng’eny
Program Officer
Firelight Foundation
Kenya
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member
Multilateral Agency 1
(UNESCO/WFP)
Stefania Giannini
Assistant Director General, Education,
UNESCO
France
Valerie Guarnieri
Assistant Executive Director
WFP
Italy
Multilateral Agency 2
(UNICEF/UNHCR)
Robert Jenkins
Chief, Education Section and Associate Director
UNICEF
Mamadou Dian Balde
Deputy Director,
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
United States
Jarawa Gaye (Acting)
Global Lead Education Specialist
Islamic Development Bank

Meetings

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.

Decisions

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Date Type Reference Decision Background documents
April 2021 Affirmative vote BOD/2021/04-02 Implementation grant to Syria
April 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/04-04 Eswatini - Multiplier maximum allocation
April 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/04-03 Mongolia - Multiplier maximum allocation
April 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/04-02 Nigeria - Kaduna State Multiplier maximum allocation
April 2021 Non-objection GPC/2021/04-01 Revision to Afghanistan implementation grant
March 2021 CEO/2021/03-04 Guyana - Implementation and Multiplier grant
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 CEO/2021/03-03 Multiplier grant and costed restructuring - The Gambia
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 CEO/2021/03-02 Costed restructuring of implementation grant to Djibouti
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

Committees

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: Julia Gillard

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