When Mubuso Zamchiya first joined the Luminos Fund in 2017, it was a young organization with fewer than ten full-time staff. Today, Luminos has expanded its team and impact, reaching thousands more children with a second chance at education and transforming the lives of families and communities across Ethiopia, Liberia, and Lebanon. As Managing Director, Mubuso worked on nearly every part of the organization over the years, from overseeing strategic partnerships and advocacy, co-leading fundraising, convening high level discussions and events, and providing overarching leadership support. In 2020, Mubuso hosted our innovative Education Leadership through Crisis video series, interviewing eleven diverse education leaders across government, the private sector, and civil society in the midst of the pandemic.

Throughout it all, Mubuso has always held a profound passion for the transformational power of education in a child’s life. This summer Mubuso decided to continue advancing education around the world through digital learning programs and accepted a role as Managing Director at the Age of Learning Foundation.

“Luminos is one of those bold organizations that recognized a critical gap in education provision and prioritized the learning needs of out-of-school children.”

Mubuso Zamchiya

“We are so grateful for Mubuso’s invaluable support over the last four years,” says Luminos CEO Caitlin Baron. “While it’s a bittersweet moment for us, we are delighted for his new opportunity to continue spreading education opportunities across the globe at the Age of Learning Foundation. We are also thrilled to welcome Mubuso onto our Advisory Board and look forward to continuing to work together.”

The Luminos Advisory Board is comprised of top researchers and thought leaders in international education who advise Luminos on policy, advocacy, and program design. Luminos is greatly looking forward to bringing Mubuso’s wisdom and unique perspective to the Advisory Board, an entity Mubuso helped bring to fruition in 2020.

“Luminos is one of those bold organizations that recognized a critical gap in education provision and prioritized the learning needs of out-of-school children,” says Mubuso. “Luminos did so when few were paying attention. Today, everyone knows what it is like to have children out of school. My time at Luminos was a chance to deeply understand how evidence-based changemaking should happen.

“Joining the Advisory Board is an extension of a meaningful four-and-a-half-year journey as Managing Director. Now, I get to be a part of the formidable collective of thought leaders who have the privilege to contribute to the significant work Caitlin and the team at Luminos are continuing to do.”

The Advisory Board also welcomed two new members this past summer in addition to Mubuso: Professor of International Education & Development at Open University, Dr. Kwame Akyeampong, and Education Practice Manager at the World Bank Group, Dr. Harry Anthony Patrinos. We were delighted to welcome Kwame and Harry and look forward to increasingly rich discussions featuring a diverse set of perspectives.

It has been a tremendous privilege working alongside Mubuso and witnessing his leadership. We are delighted for his new opportunity, and we are especially glad that he will continue to be in close touch with Luminos moving forward as a member of our Advisory Board.

Get to know members of the Luminos Advisory Board here.

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