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Our Board

The Global Campaign for Education is a membership organisation, which is governed by its members through the World Assembly (held every four years) and an elected board.

The board represents our constituencies: two representatives from the teaching profession, two from international non-governmental organisations and two from international alliances and networks working on child/youth rights or child labour; the different regions are represented by two seats each from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe/North America. GCE's President is elected by the World Assembly, with the Vice-President, Chair and Deputy Chair elected by the Board.



camilla board Camilla Croso

Constituency: Latin America

Camilla Croso is Brazilian and the coordinator of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), a network that represents 15 national education forums, 8 regional networks from Latin America and 5 international NGOs with solid presence in the region. CLADE seeks to influence policy making both at a regional and national level, as well as internationally.

As President of GCE, Camilla represents civil society as a member of the UN Global Education First Initiative Steering Committee, UNESCO's Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All (CCNGO) Coordination Group and as the Co-Chair of the Education For All Steering Committee.

She graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1994 and received her masters in Social Policy & Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics in 1998. 

Between 2003 and 2007, she coordinated the Education Watch programme of Ação Educativa, a key Brazilian NGO, focusing on the research and monitoring of education public policies, seeking to foster civil society empowerment to further influence the education debate and decision making process. Between 1999 and 2003, she was the first coordinator of the Brazilian National Campaign for the Right to Education.

Between 1994 and 1997, Camilla worked at the Latin American Regional office of the Kellogg Foundation. She has also been consultant of several organizations, including the European Community, and is the author of a series of articles and books in the area of education and rights, the latest being Equality of Ethnic Relations in Schools (2007).

In 2000, Camilla participated in the Dakar World Education Forum, integrating- as civil society representative- the Writing Committee that elaborated the text of the Dakar Framework for Action.

Camilla was previously on the GCE board representing National Campaign for the Right to Education of Brazil and in January 2008 she was voted in to represent the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education.


monique boardMonique Fouilhoux

Constituency: Teaching profession

Monique Fouilhoux was born, educated and lives in France. She holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Law from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France. Monique is a former Deputy Secretary-General of Education International.

She started her career as a Civil Servant in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1973 on the creation of the Department of Further and Adult Education.

Involved in the trade union movement, she was elected Deputy General-Secretary of SNPTES and in 1987 became elected National Secretary of the French Education Union (FEN), know today as UNSA-Education.

Monique Fouilhoux has been involved with Education International (EI) since its creation in 1993. She worked on various areas, in particular higher education and research issues and the impact of GATS and Trade agreements on education, with EI affiliates, intergovernmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. 

  • Elected member of the French Council for Higher Education and Research (1989-1994)
  • Member of the Administrative Council of CNRS (1989-1990)
  • Member of the French Council for Research and Technology (1989- 1990)
  • Being EI representative in UNESCO, she was a member of the NGOs Liaison Committee and President of the UNESCO International NGOs Conference between 1998 and 2003.
  • Member of the UNESCO follow-up Committee of the 1998 Conference on Higher Education
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Global Monitoring Report on Education for All since 2004
  • Member of the Bologna follow-up Group since 2005



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Rasheda Choudhury

Constituency: Asia-Pacific

Rasheda is the Executive Director of CAMPE, a network of more than a thousand education NGOs and educator groups in Bangladesh. It is well known for its capacity to mobilse millions of people, particularly at the grassroots level, as demonstrated during GAWE every year.

Rasheda is also Member-Secretary of Education Watch, the largest academia-civil society initiative that regularly reviews the status of SDG-4 / Education 2030 in Bangladesh. It has earned wide recognition at home and abroad and inspired Watch initiatives, at the courtesy of GCE and in cooperation with ASPBAE and ANCEFA, in other countries of Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.

Rasheda is a Co-founder of GCE, a Co-founder of GCAP and a Core Group Member of the Citizens Platform for SDGs, the largest civil society network in Bangladesh for promoting SDGs and monitoring its implementation.

In 2008, Rasheda became an Adviser (Cabinet Minister) of the Government of Bangladesh. Serving in that position involved high-level decision making, particularly in the Ministries of Primary and Mass Education, Culture, Women and Children Affairs. She regularly writes in national newspapers and participates in debates of national and international significance relating to development issues particularly on the right to education and gender justice and inclusive development.


Vice Chair:

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Refaat Sabbah

Constituency: Middle-East

Refaat is a lifelong human rights and education activist. He is the General Director and Founder of the Teacher Creativity Centre in Palestine, the Chair of the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE), and the General Secretary of the Arab Coalition for Education for All (ACEA). He was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of the Global Campaign for Education in 2015.

The Teacher Creativity Center (TCC) is a Palestinian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation established in May 1995 by a group of teachers, including Refaat. TCC has been at the forefront of organisations calling for the integration of civic education and human rights concepts into the entire school curriculum, not only in Palestine but also in the wider Arab World, and to date it has trained more than 25 000 teachers in Gaza and the West Bank. Refaat also founded ACEA, which represents eleven national and three regional education coalitions across the Arabic-speaking world. 


Board Members:

MUBARAKMubarak Y. Abbas

Constituency: Middle-East

Mubarak Abbas is the Executive Director of the United Nations Association, Sudan; the President of the Arab Campaign for Education for All; the Sudanese Coalition for Education for All; and the Sudan Education Forum. He is also a member of the National Councils for Education and Population, as well as a member of the national standing technical committees for the MDGs, EFA, the National Commission for UNESCO Education Committee and the Council of Ministers technical committee on education.

Mubarak previously led external co-operation for the Ministry of Education for twenty-two years in various capacities, including Secretary-General for the National Commission for UNESCO; Director, World Bank Projects (IDA), the national director of Population Education Programs (UNFP), Co-ordinator of the large-scale multi-donor Emergency Reconstruction program, and direct supervisor of the School Feeing Project (WFPA). 

Illias board thumbnail 2Illiass Alhousseini

Constituency: Africa

Illiass Alhousseini is a qualified educational consultant and has been active in the student union movement and in defending the right to education from a young age. From 1999-2000, he was the second deputy secretary-general of the board of the Niger Education Union (l’Union des Scolaires Nigeriens), an organisation which contributed to the restoration of democracy in Niger.

Illiass has been involved in the development of various NGOs working on education. Together with his colleagues, he formed the NGO Team of Young Trainers and Facilitators for Development (Equipe des Jeunes Formateurs et Animateurs pour le Développement (EJFAD)) in 2001, which he coordinated until July 2007, and the Consultation Framework for the Promotion of Education (Cadre de Concertation pour la Promotion de l’Education (CaCoPED), which brought together organisations working to defend the right to education. This network, along with support from international organisations and ANCEFA, led to the creation of the Nigerian Coalition of Associations and Unions for EFA in Niger (Coalition Nigérienne des Associations et Syndicats en faveur de l’EPT au Niger (ASO-EPT Niger)). Illiass has been the president of the coalition since its inception in 2008, and also sits on the board of directors at the African Network Campaign on Education for All in Africa (ANCEFA).


david boardDavid Archer

Constituency: International NGOs

David Archer is Head of Participation and Public Services at ActionAid International. He trained as a secondary school teacher in the early 1980s and then worked for several years on literacy programmes in Latin America inspired by Paulo Freire (writing the book Litercy and Power: The Latin American Battleground in 1990). In the 1990s he developed the Reflect approach to adult learning, which was won 5 UN International Literacy Prizes; he co-authored "The Reflect Mother Manual" (1996) and "Communication and Power" (2003) and the International Benchmarks on Adult Literacy: Writing the Wrongs (GCE 2005).


David has been supporting civil society coalition building on education since the late 1990s and helped to co-found GCE in 1999. He co-chaired the Commonwealth Education Fund from 2002-2009 and played a lead role in the development of the Civil Society Education Fund.


David has written extensively on the financing of education, with a particular focus on domestic resource mobilisation, challenging IMF public sector wage bill caps (e.g.  Confronting the Contradictions, 2007, ActionAid) and making connections between education and tax justice (e.g. Domestic tax and Education 2016, Education Commission). He developed the 4S framework – arguing that countries need to increase the share, size, sensitivity and scrutiny of education budgets (see Financing Matters, GCE 2016). David was involved in the Education for All Fast Track Initiative since 2004 and was elected as a civil society member of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) board from 2011-2017 – and has served on GPE’s Finance and Risk Committee in 2017-2018.

For many years since 2008 David hosted the Right-to-Education Initiative (RTE) in ActionAid and now that the initiative is an independent organisation he is Chair of  RTE’s Board. In recent years he has written extensively on the privatisation of education and helped to establish a consortium of organisations challenging privatisation through a human rights lens. 




nafisaNafisa Baboo

Constituency: International NGOs

Nafisa is the Senior Inclusive Education Advisor for LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, a confederation of European NGOs promoting the rights of people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in the poorest parts of the world. She is a qualified speech-language therapist and audiologist, with a Masters in Inclusive Education: focus on the inclusion of blind students in regular schools. Over the past 12 years, she has used her life experience as a person with a disability and professional qualifications to:

  • Research and advise on inclusive education policies and practices
  • Advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and people with disabilities in general
  • Train teachers, education officials and communities on aspects of inclusive education.

Nafisa is from Cape Town, South Africa and has a good understanding of the realities of developing countries. She has worked in several developing and developed countries, such as Taiwan, Province of China; Kenya; Tanzania; South Sudan; Senegal; Mozambique; Rwanda; Namibia; and Ethiopia. Nafisa a is an active member of the International Disability and Development Consortium Inclusive Education Task group and coordinates the policy group of the UNICEF Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities. Nafisa is an avid user and promoter of technology in education of persons with disabilities and views inclusive education for children with disabilities as a means to enhance quality education for all and social cohesion.

Kira BoeKira Boe

Constituency: Europe/North America

Kira Boe is the Senior Education Advocacy Advisor for Oxfam IBIS, an organisation that works on the right to quality education for all in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Kira has a background in Danish and international politics, in advocacy and in education-related development projects in Latin America and West Africa. Kira represents the Danish NGO Education Coalition in the GCE Northern Constituency Group, and represents the Northern Constituency on the GCE board.

The Danish NGO Education Coalition (previously Danish NGO Education Network) has existed since 2000 and been a GCE member since 2009. It consists of 20 organisations. The coalition plays a vital role in the Danish debate on education and is a strong basis for carrying out advocacy and campaigning for education. Oxfam IBIS is the lead of the Danish NGO Education Coalition.

Oxfam IBIS is a member of the Oxfam Confederation. Oxfam is a founding member of GCE and has a strong education advocacy profile. Oxfam IBIS has been an international member of GCE since 2002 and set up the Global Action Week campaign in Denmark, which reaches out to half of all schools in Denmark. It is well-known and highly respected by Danish authorities.


Samuel Dembele photoSamuel Dembélé

Constituency: Africa

Samuel Dembélé is the president of the board of the African Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA; since November 2015), president of the board of the Coalition Nationale de l’éducation pour Tous du Burkina Faso (CN-ÉPT BF; since April 2014) and secretary-general of the National Union of Teachers for Secondary and Higher Education (SNESS, Syndicat national des enseignants du secondaire et du supérieur; since 2010).

Currently a teacher of philosophy at the Lycée Nelson Mandela in Ouagadougou, Samuel has been teaching since 1994. In 1997, together with a colleague from the Lycée Louis-Vincent de Metz (France), he co-initiated an educational partnership delivering a support programme at Yako Provincial College.

His union experience has enabled Burkinabe teachers to achieve several gains through independent or joint struggle with other unions. In 2011, Samuel Dembélé was named as Chevalier of the National Order of Merit to Burkina Faso for services rendered to the nation. 

maria boardMaria Khan

Constituency: Asia-Pacific

Maria Khan has been the Secretary General of the Asia South Pacific Bureau for Adult Education (ASPBAE) since 1995. ASPBAE contributed to the discourse at the World Education Forum in Dakar 2000, to ensure adult literacy was including the Dakar agenda.

She has served on various Boards of global civil society networks, notably the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) where she served as Vice Chair from 2008-2015 and remains a current member; and in the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) where she served as Vice President for the Asia Pacific from 1999-2011.  

Maria has represented the civil society sector in several international policy bodies/platforms on education, such as in the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee where she served as Vice Chair from 2016-2018. She is also one of the Vice Chairs representing civil society in the Global Alliance on Literacy. She served on the Drafting Committee of the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, was a member of the High-level Group on EFA, the Editorial/Advisory Board of the Global Monitoring Report on EFA, UN Literacy Decade Experts Group, the CONFINTEA 6 Consultative Committee, the EFA Steering Committee, to name a few.  

Maria currently serves as Asia Pacific Focal Point in the Coordination Group of the UNESCO Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030  (CC NGO Ed2030).

She has an MA in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia, UK.

A Philippine national, she currently lives in Mumbai, India.

MugwenaMugwena Maluleke

Constituency: Teaching profession

Mugwena Maluleke is the General Secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), and represents Education International on the GCE Board.

A former maths teacher and Principal of Tshwane’s Rodney Mokoena Junior Secondary School, Maluleke has been a member of SADTU since its inception in 1990. He served as the Branch Organiser of SADTU, Soshanguve Branch when the Union was fighting for recognition from the apartheid government and became the Branch Secretary responsible for recruitment and administration of the political activities. He served in the Executive Committee of the Southern Transvaal Region of the Union before the 1994 political breakthrough. He was elected as the Deputy Secretary of SADTU Gauteng province where he was responsible for union administration and negotiations. He climbed the ladder to become the National Treasurer - a position he held for 10 years. As Treasurer, he was responsible for the union finances. In 2008 he was elected the Deputy General Secretary and was responsible for the administration of the union and collective bargaining. In 2009, Maluleke was elected the General Secretary at the National General Council.

A trade unionist and political activist at heart, Maluleke’s role goes beyond SADTU. He is a member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Central Executive Committee. COSATU is South Africa’s largest trade union federation with more than 21 union affiliates including SADTU with a membership spanning over 1.8 million. SADTU is the second largest union in COSATU with more than 235000 members and the single largest public sector union.


Jennifer RiggJennifer Rigg

Constituency: Europe/North America

Jennifer Rigg is the Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Education-US. GCE-US, a coalition of over 80 organisations, promotes access to quality education as a human right and mobilises the public to create the political will in the U.S. and internationally to ensure universal access to quality education worldwide.

Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience, including international education, coalition building, policy advocacy, strategic communications and non-profit management. Previously, Jennifer was the Director of Policy & Partnerships and Interim Executive Director at the 1,000 Days Partnership. At Save the Children, she led policy and advocacy on education, early childhood development, nutrition and food security, livelihoods, micro-finance and aid effectiveness. Jennifer has also worked with CARE, United Way Worldwide, and the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the University of Washington.

She received an MPA and graduate certificate in International Development Policy and Management from the University of Washington, a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Washington/Learning Institute for Nonprofits, and a BA in International Studies/Political Science from Emory University. 

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Frans Röselaers

Constituency: International alliances and networks working on child/youth rights or child labour

Frans Röselaers has served with the International Labour Organization (1975 to 2006) in field positions in Africa and at the ILO Headquarters. Over the last decade, he was closely involved in addressing the grave problem of child labour worldwide and headed the ILO's flagship International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour from 1999 to 2005. He served on the Editorial Board of the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children (published in 2006). As well as serving on the Board of GCE, Frans is a member of several boards of child rights NGOs and institutes. He is also the Trustee and Board Member of the Global March Against Child Labour.


Yona Nestel


Yona Nestel

Constituency: International alliances and networks working on child/youth rights or child labour

 Yona is an education equity and inclusion champion and programming expert with over 15 years of experience working in global and national contexts. She specializes in gender equality in and through education and advocates for gender transformative education through the implementation of SDG 4 and 5, as well as through other normative framework. She spent over half of her career working in post-conflict and post-disaster settings and co-chaired the Education Cluster in Timor-Leste. In her current role as Plan International’s Senior Education Policy and Advocacy Advisor, she is charged with setting the policy direction for Plan International’s education work and advocating for girls to be able  learn, lead, decide and thrive. She chairs the United Nation’s Girls’ Education Steering Committee and is an active contributor on gender issues to the Global Partnership for Education.