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There are few greater challenges faced by the global community than the learning crisis. To help address this crisis, the Education Commission and the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) have come together to create the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East (EOF). EOF aims to pool $1 billion to support governments to pay for results in education and youth employment over the next decade. Together with government, EOF will harness the capacity and capabilities of a range of actors that can strengthen the national education system and help deliver quality education for all.

 

This is a game-changing way to drive results in education. It is more than just a fund – it is a new set of partnerships and ways of working. Rather than spending on fragmented activities, EOF aligns the various actors across the system around a common set of outcomes. Rather than stifling education organizations with restricted funding, EOF empowers and supports them to innovate, adapt, and find context-specific solutions. This radical transparency will ensure that EOF, government, and the broader donor community can systematically scale programs that demonstrate the best results and value for money.

Leadership team

Sir Ronald Cohen

CHAIR

 

Co-founder of Apax Partners, Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

H.E. Dr. Amel Karboul

CEO

 

Commissioner on the Education Commission, and former Tourism Minister of Tunisia

Jared Lee

PRINCIPAL

 

Former Head of Policy at the UK’s National Advisory Board on Impact Investment, and former Team Leader at Bain

Dr. Paul Atherton 

DIRECTOR

Former DFID Education Advisor; former Lecturer on Economics of Education at UCL, London

Dr. Kingsley Arkorful

GHANA SENIOR EDUCATION ADVISOR

 

Former Executive Director for the African Evaluation Association

Alina Lipcan

SENIOR EDUCATION ADVISER

 

Former Senior Education Consultant at Oxford Policy Management

Stephen Chandler

ANALYST

Former Investment Analyst at a London-based hedge fund and treasury

Eva Barboni

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

 

Advises corporate and government clients on effective international communications strategies

Debbie Adeusi

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

Formerly at Office of External Relations, SOAS University of London

Stephen Chandler

ANALYST

Former Investment Analyst at a London-based hedge fund and treasury

Eva Barboni

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

 

Advises corporate and government clients on effective international communications strategies

Debbie Adeusi

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

Formerly at Office of External Relations, SOAS University of London

Stephen Chandler

ANALYST

Former Investment Analyst at a London-based hedge fund and treasury

Eva Barboni

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

 

Advises corporate and government clients on effective international communications strategies

Debbie Adeusi

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

Formerly at Office of External Relations, SOAS University of London

Max McCabe

CHIEF OF STAFF

 

Formerly at Teach First,

Rising Academy Network

& Diageo PLC

Our advisors for the establishment of EOF

Sir Michael Barber

Founder and Chair of Delivery Associates and former advisor to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair

Phyllis Costanza

CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation and former executive and board member at CIFF

Kimberly Gire

Founder, Global Women
Leaders; Advisor to the
World Bank & ICRC; former
Executive at Westpac

Theo Sowa

CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund

Gordon Brown

U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Former chair of EOF advisory board (design phase)

Aliko Dangote 

President & CEO of the Dangote Group & Chairman of the Dangote Foundation

Jakaya Kikwete 

Former President of Tanzania, & former chair of the African Union

Liesbet Steer

Director, International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

Jamie Cooper

Founding Chair & President of Big Win Philanthropy

Luisa Diogo

Former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Mozambique

Chair of EOF advisory board (establishment phase)

Strive Masiyiwa

Zimbabwean businessman & philanthropist; Executive Chairman & Founder of Econet

Dr. Rebecca
Winthrop

Senior fellow & Director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings 

Some of our Sponsors

Sir Ronald Cohen