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 developing 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.
- Julia Gillard is the Chair of the Board of Directors.
- Serigne Mbaye Thiam is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
- Developing country partners
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
Ndabazekhaya Cain Ginyilitshe Mathema
Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Zimbabwe
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
Minister of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education, Madagascar
Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Togo
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, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Vietnam
Secretary, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Bangladesh
Secretary (Acting), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal
Eastern Europe, Middle East and Central Asia
Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Minister of Education, Afghanistan
First Deputy Minister of Education
Latin America and the Caribbean
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Director General de Educación Primaria del Ministerio de Educación, Nicaragua
Director General, OECS
- Donor partners
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member Donor 1
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Deputy Director for Sustainable Development
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Senior Education Policy Advisor, Head of Education Unit,
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Head of Unit for Global Social Development
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Chief Technical Advisor, Education and Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Canada, United Kingdom
Head, Youth and Education Department (YED), Department for International Development, United Kingdom
Director General, Social Development, Global Affairs Canada
Finland, Ireland, Norway, United Arab Emirates
Camilla Helgø Fossberg
Policy Director, Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Rashed Mohamed Awadh Al Hemeiri
Director of Development Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates
European Commission, Germany, Italy, Spain
Deputy Director General at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission
Director for 2030 Agenda, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Australia, Japan, Korea, United States
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Director, Health and Education Finance, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
- Civil society organizations
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member Civil Society
Organizations 1 *
Education Policy Lead, Oxfam
Senior Education Advocacy and Policy Advisor, Plan International
Institutional Development Coordinator, Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE)
Deputy Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Gifty Anyogbe Apanbil
Deputy Secretary General at Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT)
Deputy General Secretary, Education International
- Private sector
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
Head of Business Investment for Education Impact, Global Business Coalition for Education
- Private foundations
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member Foundations Randa Grob-Zakhary
CEO, Insights for Education
Senior Program Officer, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations
- Multilateral agencies
Constituency Board member Alternate Board member Multilateral Agency 1
Assistant Director General, Education, UNESCO
Director for the Division for Education 2030, UNESCO
Multilateral Agency 2
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.