The Advisory Board members

Last update:12 March 2024

The Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Report is composed of representatives from UN multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and networks, directors of UNESCO education Institutes and individuals from developing countries in all world regions with an expertise in education issues. It meets once a year to provide guidance and feedback to the report team. Topics covered range from the outline of upcoming editions to the overall development of the Report, future themes and communications strategies.


NameJob title and organisation
H. E. Hon David Moinina SengehChief Minister, Sierra Leone


NameJob title and organisation
Stefania GianniniAssistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Silvia MontoyaDirector, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNESCO


NameJob title and organisation
Min Jeong Kim (incoming)Director, Division of Education 2030 Support and Coordination
Martín BenavidesDirector, International Institute for Educational Planning
Yao YdoDirector, International Bureau of Education
Francesc PedróDirector, International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean


NameJob title and organisation
Josephine BourneChief Technical Officer, Global Partnership for Education
Andreas SchleicherDirector, Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Pedro ConceiçãoDirector, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme
Robert JenkinsDirector of Education and Adolescent Development, United Nations Children's Fund
Rita AlmeidaManager, Education Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank


NameJob title and organisation
Tara PainterDeputy Director - Education, Social Development Bureau, Global Affairs Canada
Frank McManusPolicy Unit, Development Cooperation Directorate, Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid
Gerd-Hanne FosenPolicy Director, Department for Human Development, Education Section, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Emily WoolfSenior Education Adviser, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom


NameJob title and organisation
David GregerDirector, Institute for Research and Development of Education, Faculty of Education, Charles University, Czech Republic (representing Group II – Eastern Europe)
Rodolfo José Elias AcostaMember of the Board of Directors, Paraguayan Centre for Sociological Studies (representing Group III - Latin America and the Caribbean)
Tara de MelCo-chair, Education Forum Sri Lanka and Member of the Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids (representing Group IV – Asia and the Pacific)
Liberty MweembaSenior Lecturer, University of Zambia (representing Group Va – Africa)
Salwa Al-MannaiHead of Policy and Research, Education Above All, Qatar (representing Group Vb – Arab States)


NameJob title and organisation
Mohammad Sanad Abu-DarwishDirector, Science and Scientific Research Directorate, Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisaiton (ALECSO)
Roger Yap Chao JrAssistant Director, Education, Youth and Sports Division, ASCC Department, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Cecilia MartinsEducation Specialist, Department of Human Development, Education and Employment, Organisation of American States (OAS)
Raja V SannasseeSr Programme Officer - Education, Skills & Development, Southern African Development Community (SADC)


NameJob title and organisation
Antonia WulffDirector of Research, Policy and Advocacy, Education International
Vernor Muñoz VillalobosHead of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns, Global Campaign for Education
Ellen DixonRepresentative of the Asia-Pacific constituency in the GSF Steering Committee, Global Student Forum
Xudong ZhuDean, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, International Network of Educational Institutions
Akustina MorniDirector for Employment, Skills and Diversity, International Organisation of Employers


NameJob title and organisation
Faisal BariDean, School of Education, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Camila PereiraDirector, Impact, Lemann Foundation
Chantal Dusabe KabandaStrategic Advisor, VVOB (Rwanda)
Nourgo KonéSenior Education Specialist, Save the Children


NameJob title and organisation
Michael Currie Assistant Director – Education Section, Program Enabling Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
Benjamin PiperDirector, Global Learning Strategy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Judit BarnaHead of Sector Education, European Commission
Marie SouliéConseillère Education-formation-insertion, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France
Heike KuhnHead of Division for Education, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Evelien BlomProject Manager, Sector Programme Education, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ)
Sèverine DusaintpèreDeputy Permanent Delegate – Counselor, Principality of Monaco
Vena-Liz UptonSenior Advisor, Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Helena ReuterswärdSenior Policy Expert, Education, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida)
Karen RobertsEducation Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Terms of Reference: GEM Report Advisory Board