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 published the Transforming the Education Workforce report with concrete policy recommendations in 2019.
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
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 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
Member, Education International's Executive Board
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
Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg
CEO, Lemann Foundation
Director, Education 2030
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
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
Director, International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity
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
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/)