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.

President: 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. Before CLADE, 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; and, was the first coordinator of the Brazilian National Campaign for the Right to Education. 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.

Chair: Monique Fouilhoux | Constituency: Teaching profession

Monique Fouilhoux was born, educated and lives 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. She was an 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.

Vice-President: 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 mobilise millions of people, particularly at the grassroots level, as demonstrated during GAWE every year. Rasheda is also Member-Secretary of Education Watch, the largest academic civil society initiative that regularly reviews the status of EFA 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 Founder Board Member of GCE, a Founder Member of GCAP and the Convener of PFM, the partner coalition of GCAP in Bangladesh. In 2008, Rasheda acted as 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.

Vice-Chair: Refaat Sabbah | Constituency: Middle-East

Vice Chair
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


Mubarak Y. Abbas | Constituency: Middle-East

Board Member
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).

Illiass Alhousseini | Constituency: Africa

Board Member
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 Nigerien 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 Archer | Constituency: International NGOs

Board Member
David Archer is Head of Programme Development at ActionAid International. He’s been involved in the education sector since the 1980, and in the 1990s he contributed to develop the Reflect approach to adult learning, co-authoring "The Reflect Mother Manual" (1996) and "Communication and Power" (2003). His advocacy work on adult literacy continues, notably through the development of the International Benchmarks on Adult Literacy: Writing the Wrongs (GCE 2005). David now supports coalitions and campaigns on the right to education across Africa, Asia and Latin America. A major concern in the past three years has been challenging the role of the IMF in constraining spending on education, especially on teachers and he co-authored GCE and ActionAid publications: Contradicting Commitments (2005), Cancelling the Caps (2006) and Confronting the Contradictions (2007). In 2006 he was part of an External Panel reviewing the World Bank's investment of $14 billion in education since 1990 and he is now part of an international advisory panel steering the evaluation of the EFA Fast Track Initiative. He is co-chair of the Commonwealth Education Fund and manager of the Right-to-Education Project. His latest book is called "The Politics of Prevention: A Global Crisis in AIDS and Education" (Pluto Press 2008).

Nafisa Baboo | Constituency: International NGOs

Board Member
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. 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; and train teachers, education officials and communities on aspects of inclusive education. Nafisa has worked in several developing and developed countries, such as Taiwan; 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 Boe | Constituency: Europe/North America

Board Member
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, lead by Oxfam IBIS, plays a vital role in the Danish debate on education and is a strong basis for carrying out advocacy and campaigning for education. Oxfam International 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 for Education campaign in Denmark, which reaches out to half of all schools in Denmark.

Samuel Dembélé | Constituency: Africa

Board Member
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). He is a teacher by profession, currently teaching philosophy at the Lycée Nelson Mandela in Ouagadougou. 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 Khan | Constituency: Asia-Pacific

Board Member
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 studied business administration at the University of the Philippines and was a student activist during the Marcos era. She was deeply involved in the anti-dictatorship movement before settling into rural development work, and gaining a Masters in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia. It was through working in this sector that she realized education was essential in the struggle to facilitate citizen participation and social transformation. Maria Khan is an expert in advocacy work and coalition building having worked with many grassroots networks, and CBOs. She has led ASPBAE's work on research and documentation and encouraged the emergence of grassroots scholars to fill the void on a predominantly northern based research on adult education.

Mugwena Maluleke | Constituency: Teaching profession

Board Member
Mugwena Maluleke is the General Secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) since 2009, 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, 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 , responsible for the union finances - a position he held for 10 years. A trade unionist and political activist at heart, 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.

Yona Nestel | Constituency: International alliances and networks

Board Member
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.

Jennifer Rigg | Constituency: Europe/North America

Board Member
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.

Frans Röselaers | Constituency: International alliances and networks

Board Member
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.

Milton Luna Tamayo | Constituency: Latin America

Board Member
Milton Luna Tamayo is an historian, and the National Coordinator of the Social Contract for Education citizen movement in Ecuador. He is also a regular editorialist of the newspaper El Comercio. He was formerly theDirector of History of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito, and for years has been an Educational Consultant of OREALC - UNESCO, UNICEF, Convenio Andrés Bello, and a Professor of Educational Policy of the Simón Bolívar Andean University. He has published several books and specialized articles on social history, history of education and public policies in education in Ecuador and Latin America.