Our Advisory Board

The Luminos Fund Advisory Board features some of the brightest minds in international education, including leading researchers, a former African Minister of Education, and the former Executive Director of UNICEF.

Dr. Kwame Akyeampong

Professor of International Education & Development, Open University

Dr. Kwame Akyeampong is Professor of International Education and Development at the Open University. He was previously Professor of International Education and Development at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK.

Kwame began his academic career in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast. Before taking up his appointment at the University of Sussex in 2004, Professor Akyeampong was the Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Cape Coast. He has researched and published on teacher education and led large scale impact evaluation studies on education interventions in several African countries. His research has aimed to offer alternative viewpoints on educational policy and practice based on critical perspectives and experiences of policy makers, school leaders, teachers, and students in African education environments. He was recently appointed a panel member of the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP) set up by World Bank and UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 

Carol Bellamy

Carol Bellamy

Former Executive Director, UNICEF

Carol Bellamy is the Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board of Directors. GCERF is the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. Prior to this, Ms. Bellamy served as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Previously, Ms. Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning.  She also served for ten years as Executive Director of UNICEF and was the first former volunteer to become Director of the United States Peace Corps.

Ms. Bellamy has worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co., Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She spent thirteen years as an elected public official, including becoming the first woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City. Ms. Bellamy is a Trustee Emeritus of the American University of Beirut.

Alex Eble, PhD

Dr. Alex Eble

Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Alex Eble is Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Columbia University’s graduate school of education, Teachers College. He works in the fields of development and applied microeconomics. Most of his research focuses on the economics of education in the developing world. Alex is affiliated with Columbia University’s Center for Development Economics and Policy, Committee on the Economics of Education, and Population Research Center. He is also a fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and a part of Effective Intervention, a group of researchers based at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance working on how to raise education levels and reduce child mortality in pockets of extreme poverty in the developing world.

Alex completed a PhD and master’s at Brown University, a master’s at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a B.A. in economics at Indiana University Bloomington.

Susannah Hares

Susannah Hares

Co-Director of Education Policy and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development

Susannah Hares is a Senior Policy Fellow and the Co-Director of the Center for Global Development (CGD) global education program. Her work focuses on broad welfare goals and the role education can play in reducing inequality in society.

Prior to joining CGD, she spent seven years as Ark’s International Director and Executive Director, where she was responsible for strategy, operations, and programs in India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, and for Ark’s international ventures including the Education Partnerships Group, Global Schools Forum, and Peepul. Susannah started her career in Kenya, working for African health NGO, AMREF. She has served on the boards and advisory groups of various international education organizations and ventures.

She holds a MA from the University of Manchester.

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Dr. Dzingai Mutumbuka

Former Minister of Education, Zimbabwe

Dr. Dzingai Mutumbuka served as the first Minister of Education and Culture for Zimbabwe upon its Independence from 1980 to 1988, and as Minister of Higher Education from 1988 to 1989. He currently serves on the Governing Board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, Big Win Philanthropy, Vitol Foundation, Teach for All, Educate!, and Results for Development.

Dzingai is the former Chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), which brings together all African Education Ministers and donors supporting education in Africa. From 1990 to 2007, he held various senior management positions at the World Bank in the education sector.

Prior to joining the World Bank,Dzingai held other major political appointments in Zimbabwe, including as an elected member of parliament. Before Zimbabwe’s independence, he served as Secretary for Education and Culture in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU (PF)) from 1975 to 1980 and was responsible for manpower development and the education of all Zimbabweans in refugee camps in Mozambique.

He has a B.Sc (Hons) from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Sussex.

Dr. Harry Anthony Patrinos

Practice Manager, Education, World Bank Group

Dr. Harry Anthony Patrinos is an Education Economist. He is currently the Practice Manager for the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank’s education global practice. Harry leads a team based in Washington D.C. and in 24 European and Central Asian countries to provide strategic vision and direction, encourage and support innovation in both knowledge work and lending, and manages staff to deliver results on the ground. He specializes in the economics of education, especially labor market outcomes, school-based management, demand-side financing, and public-private partnerships. Harry managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in East Asia and the Pacific, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has led research projects on the socioeconomic status of Indigenous Peoples, benchmarking education policy, and what works in education, child labor, and lifelong learning. Harry has many publications in academic and policy literature, with more than 50 journal articles. He has also worked in Africa and the Middle East. He previously worked as an economist at the Economic Council of Canada. Harry received a doctorate from the University of Sussex.

Rebecca Winthrop

Dr. Rebecca Winthrop

Co-Director, Center for Universal Education & Senior Fellow; Brookings Institution

Dr. Rebecca Winthrop is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on education globally, with special attention to the skills young people need to thrive in work, life, and as constructive citizens. Rebecca works to promote quality and relevant education, including exploring how education innovations can leapfrog progress, particularly for the most marginalized children and youth. She advises governments, international institutions, foundations, civil society organizations, and corporations on education issues. She currently serves as a board member and advisor for a number of global education organizations and lectures at Georgetown University.

Rebecca has served as the chair of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative’s Technical Advisory Group, co-led the UNESCO Institute of Statistics Learning Metrics Task Force, and been a member of numerous education initiatives including the G-2Rebecca0 Education Task Force, the Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Learning Advisory Committee, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on education.

Prior to joining Brookings, Rebecca spent 15 years working on education for displaced and migrant communities, including as head of education for the International Rescue Committee. She holds a PhD from Columbia University, Teachers College; an MA from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Mubuso Zamchiya

Managing Director, Age of Learning Foundation

Mubuso leads the Age of Learning Foundation, which he joined after serving as the Managing Director of the Luminos Fund for more than four years. He was formerly Senior VP of Partnerships at Ashoka, and held senior leadership roles in charter school networks, including as CEO of the Albany Charter School Network. Early in his career, Mubuso served in strategic and business development roles at the International Finance Corporation, AES Corporation, and Barclays. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Pahara Fellow, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and has authored several children’s books. He earned his MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Bristol.

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