Education Workforce Initiative Steering Group
This High-level Steering Group of international experts, chaired by Commissioner and former South Korean Minister of Education Ju Ho Lee, oversees the Education Workforce Initiative. With their guidance, the Commission will publish an Education Workforce Report with concrete policy recommendations in 2019. Learn more about this initiative and the upcoming report. ›
Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management; Former Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, South Korea
He received his BA and MA degrees from Seoul National University and his PhD in Economics from Cornell University in 1990. After his nine-year service in the Korean parliament and government, he returned to academia in 2013 as a professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. Utilizing his experience as a high-ranking public servant, he actively resumed his research on human capital and innovation policies, covering a wide range of issues including 21st century skills, changes in the education workforce, strategies for education reforms, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, innovation ecosystems, and government reforms. In addition to serving as an Education Commissioner, he is also actively working for the international community as a Commissioner of 3ie and as Chair of the Education Workforce Initiative.
President, Education International (EI) and Federal Secretary, Australian Education Union (AEU)
CEO, African Women’s Development Fund
Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, and she is currently the CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund.
Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe, and the USA. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organizations. Theo is a board member of various national and international civil society organizations and grant-making foundations.
Theo was awarded a CBE in June 2010.
CEO, edX; Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.
Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World-Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes‘ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras.
Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU)
Executive Coordinator, Technical Secretariat of the Regional Strategy on Teachers
He has held several positions in the public and academic fields in the area of education. Between 2000 and 2010, he led the Centre for Teacher Professional Development (CPEIP) of the Ministry of Education. He has done consulting for different international organizations and participated in advisory committees of the Ministry of Education in the areas of teacher education and teacher evaluation. He is also the author of several publications on teacher policies and teacher professional development.
Dr Staneala Beckley
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Durham University and master’s and doctorate degrees in psycho-pedagogy from the University of Ibadan. A qualified and trained teacher, she taught English and French at secondary level and developmental psychology and foreign language pedagogy at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria before returning home in 1981 to head the French Department at the then Milton Margai Teachers’ College (MMTC). She made significant contributions to French teaching in Sierra Leone as President of the Sierra Leone Association of French Teachers (SLAFT) and the Alliance Française of Freetown. She was also Executive Board Member of the International Federation of French teachers (FIPF). Her work in popularizing and improving the teaching of French in Sierra Leone earned her the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the Republic of France in 1986.
Dr. Beckley pursued advanced research in Human and Social Development as a United Nations University research fellow at the Universities of Bogota, Colombia and Chicago, Illinois in 1986. On completion of her course, she took up appointment as Deputy Director of the University Research and Development Services (URDS) Bureau at the University of Sierra Leone that same year, where she guided commissioned research projects in Education.
From 1991 to 2008, she worked with national governments and other development partners to shape education policies and strategies, and guide and monitor practice down to school and community levels as Chief of Education for UNICEF in Nigeria (1991-1995) and Pakistan (1995-2001) and subsequently Regional Chief of Education for UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa (2001-2005) and West and Central Africa (2005-2008). After her retirement in 2008, she was engaged as interim Chief of Education for UNICEF in Iraq.
As Chair of the TSC Dr. Beckley is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of teacher policies and professional standards as well as maintenance of the teacher payroll database.
Teopista Birungi Mayanja
Regional Coordinator, Africa Network Campaign for Education For All (ANCEFA); Founder, Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU)
Teopista has taught at the primary, primary teacher college, and university level and served as head teacher and director of Education Services. She is a strong education and human rights advocate. She founded the vibrant Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) as a means of enlisting all teachers in their rightful role in the transformation of education. She served as its first general secretary from 2001 to 2012.
Teopista has served on various boards including Education International, Pan African Teachers Centre, Women Sports International, National Commission for UNESCO, Forum for Education NGOs, Commonwealth Education Fund, and was given the “Order of Independence 2015” award for public education advocacy. She coordinated the famous “Quality Education Campaign” QPE (2010-11) and rallied civil society and Parliament to support education financing, professionalizing teaching, and mutual accountability.
She informed the discussion “Why teachers MUST be part of the education policy processes” as a panelist at the launch of the Education First Initiative in New York in 2012. She holds diplomas in teacher education and primary education management, a bachelor’s and master’s of education, and a diploma in leading innovations and change from York St. John’s University, UK.
She is married to Aloysius Mayanja, with children and grandchildren.
Director, Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization
Chief Economist, Department for International Development (DFID)
Baela Raza Jamil
CEO, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)
She is on the boards of many government, academic and civil society organizations in Pakistan and on the Advisory Boards of the Global Monitoring Report (GMR), Learning Assessment at the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) and Global Business Coalition for Education. Baela is a member of regional and international professional associations such as BAICE, CIES, SAFED, ARNEC & ASBAE.
Founder & CEO, STIR Education
Sharath Jeevan is the founder and CEO of STIR Education, which supports education systems to re-ignite the intrinsic motivation of their teachers and officials, through innovative teacher network meetings. STIR is impacting 200,000 teachers and 6 million children, through supporting the national education system in Uganda, and 4 state education systems in India.
Sharath Jeevan preciously served as Founding CEO of Teaching Leaders, an initiative to raise attainment in the UK’s most disadvantaged schools, which is expanding to 700 schools nationally and has attracted over $25m million in scale-up funding. He was also formerly Head of Social Ventures at eBay UK; a Project Leader at international strategy consultants Booz & Co; and a Senior Manager at NGO Action Aid.
His education includes a First Class Economics Degree from Cambridge University, MSt from Oxford University, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Roehampton University for his contribution to the field of Education
Professor Emeritus, Yonsei University
Since 2009, Ku-hyun Jung has been Professor Emeritus at Yonsei University and in 2018, he started a new research institute called J Campus. Professor Jung is currently president of the nonprofit Seoul Forum for International Affairs and chairman of the Korea Business Education Accreditation Board. He taught at Yonsei University’s School of Business from 1978 to 2002 and served as its director of the Institute of East and West Studies and the dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration. In 2003, Professor Jung moved to Samsung Group to serve as president and CEO of the Samsung Economic Research Institute and has contributed to the upgrading and internationalization of the Institute. He taught at the College of Business of KAIST from 2011 to 2017 as a visiting professor. He has published several books in recent years, focusing on Korean corporations, the global financial crisis, and the Korean economy. Professor Jung graduated from Seoul National University with a B.A. and completed his graduate studies and a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
Member, Education International's Executive Board
Daniel B. Lafrenière has been a member of Education International’s Executive Board since 2015. He is a member of the Task Force on Educational Support Staff and is actively working to recognize and value the work of these individuals.
Until recently, he held strategic positions as vice-president and then secretary-treasurer within his organization, the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), which represents almost all the teaching, professional, and support staff in education in Quebec (Canada).
As a member of the EI Task Force on Support Staff, he actively contributed to the establishment of the first International Support Staff Day in May 2018.
He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Education and Solidarity Network, a natural ally of EI.
Chief Executive, Campaign for Female Education
Lucy Lake is Chief Executive of the Campaign for Female Education – Camfed – an organization dedicated to supporting girls through education and young women to step up as leaders in Africa. Camfed’s model has been acclaimed internationally, most recently by the OECD which has recognized Camfed for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. Lucy took up the position of CEO in 2012 having been Camfed’s Director of Programs and Deputy Executive Director over the previous 18 years. During this time, Lucy led Camfed’s development as a transformative model of investment in girls’ education through which its clients – as educated young women – take the reins and join forces with local and national government authorities to lead change for the younger generation of girls. Since taking on the role of CEO, Lucy has led Camfed’s major growth: last year alone, more than 2.5 million children directly benefited from its programs. Lucy has pioneered strategies to improve education provision for marginalized children, which have led to an unprecedented uplift in learning. She is a founding member and former co-chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative.
Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg
CEO, Lemann Foundation
Director, Education 2030
Jordan Naidoo is currently the Director, Division of Education 2030 Support and Coordination (based in Paris) leading UNESCO’s global coordination of the SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, he was a Senior Education Advisor at UNICEF in New York responsible for strategy and research on equity and innovation in education.
Having worked directly on programs in Indonesia, Nepal, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Bolivia and Haití, South Africa, and the US among others, he has extensive experience and expertise in policy analysis, evaluation and monitoring, teaching and learning, decentralization, governance and democratization in education, peacebuilding and education in fragile contexts and education reform.
Dr. Naidoo received his M. Ed. from the University of Natal, South Africa and Doctor of Education (D. Ed.) from Harvard University. Among other publications he was the editor of the Springer publication, Community Schools in Africa – Reaching the Unreached, and author of Educational Decentralization and School Governance in South Africa: From Policy to Practice.
Dr. Evelyn Oduro
Executive Secretary, National Teaching Council
Dr. Evelyn Owusu Oduro is the Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council. She is a mathematics teacher/educator and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She taught mathematics from 1989-1998 at the Holy Child College of Education, Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana.
She graduated from the University of Nottingham in the UK in 1994 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education. She has a master’s degree in public sector management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Ghana and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Cape Coast.
Evelyn has gained much experience working with the Teacher Education Division in the Ghana Education Service as a Mathematics Specialist Programme Coordinator with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) developing teaching materials in mathematics for basic and teacher training colleges. Between 2009-2013 she became the National INSET Coordinator and began the harmonization of INSET activities at the district and regional levels. Through her initiative, the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM) Policy was endorsed. She was the first Municipal Director of Education in a newly created district at La Dade-Kotopon, La, Accra. Under the Secondary School Education Improvement program, Evelyn is the lead of the leadership component, promoting school leadership for high student achievement.
She is a member of the Mathematics Association of Ghana, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the African Teacher Regulatory Association, and the Council of the National Teaching Council. Her research interest is in mathematics education and assessment.
Professor of Education Policy, Gonski Institute for Education
Pasi Sahlberg is a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analyzed education policies, and advised on education reforms around the world. He is recipient of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award, the 2014 Robert Owen Award, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He chairs the Open Society Foundation’s Global Education Board and is a member of the International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) for the Scottish First Minister. He has gained working knowledge in over 60 countries around the world and is a former senior specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, director general of the Ministry of Education in Finland, and a visiting professor at Harvard University. His most recent books include Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland (2015), FinnishED Leadership: Four big, inexpensive ideas to transform education (2018), and Let the Children Play! Why more play helps schools and children thrive (2019).
Director, International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity
Dr. Liesbet Steer is Director of the Education Commission. In this role, she was the director of the Commission’s report The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World. Currently, she oversees the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations, including the design of the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), the introduction of reform and results-based approaches in Pioneer Countries, a new Education Workforce Initiative, and the development of global accountability measures. She has more than 20 years of experience in international development research and policy.
Before joining the Commission, Liesbet was a Fellow at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) flagship program on development progress, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a fellow of ODI’s Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, she also worked on issues of development finance, aid effectiveness, and the production and use of impact evaluations. Between 1997 and 2007, Liesbet lived and worked in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, and Cambodia. She directed the economic reform program for the Asia Foundation in Indonesia, a technical assistance and research program on local economic development and growth. She also worked with the World Bank and IFC on private sector reform and the design and evaluation of SME development programs in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Dr. Myo Thein Gyi
Union Minister, Ministry of Education, Myanmar
Dr. Myo Thein Gyi has served as Union Minister for Education of Myanmar since April 2016. His academic background reflects that he is a mathematician. He earned a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Yangon University in 1992, and a Doctorate in Natural Sciences degree from the Technical University of Berlin in 1998. He worked as a Mathematics Professor, Prorector, Rector, Deputy Director General of Higher Education, Acting Director General of the No. 1 Department of Basic Education, and Director General of the Department of Myanmar Education Research. He participated in developing the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR) Phase 1: Rapid Assessment and Phase 2: In-depth Analysis and National Education Strategic Plan – NESP (2016-2021). He has been implementing education reforms in collaboration with development partners to achieve the NESP goals: improved teaching and learning, vocational education and training, research and innovation leading to measurable improvement in all schools and educational institutions to improve quality education in Myanmar.
Academic Director, Institute of Education at Universidad ORT, Uruguay
Denise Vaillant is a university professor of postgraduate studies, consultant to several international organizations, and author of numerous articles and books on the subject of public policies, the teaching profession, and educational change. She has lectured at many top world universities and has been responsible for a series of research projects on educational policies and the teaching profession. She has helped ministries of education across Latin America implement more effective teacher policies and educational reforms.
She has also worked with several university boards, focusing on ways for teacher education and professional development to integrate new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. She has coordinated several teacher education programs in Uruguay and other Latin American countries. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Québec in Montreal, Canada, and an M.A. in Educational Planning and Management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland ( http://www.denisevaillant.com/)