Our Board

The Board represents our constituencies: two representatives from the teaching profession, two from international non-governmental organisations, and one from regional and international youth-led organisations; the different regions are represented by two seats each from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe/North America. GCE’s President is elected by the World Assembly, with the Vice-President, Chair, and Deputy Chair elected by the Board.

President I Constituency: Middle East

Refaat Sabbah

President (Constituency: Middle East)
Refaat is a lifelong human rights and education activist. He is the General Director and Founder of the Teacher Creativity Centre in Palestine, the Chair of the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE), and the General Secretary and founder of the Arab Coalition for Education for All (ACEA).

Vice President I Constituency: Latin America and the Caribbean

Madeleine Zúñiga

Vice-President (Constituency: Latin America & Caribbean)
Madeleine is a founding member of Foro Educativo, a national NGO specialized in educational policy proposals and has been its Vice President and Board member in two periods.

Chairperson I Constituency: Africa

Samuel Dembélé

Chairperson (Constituency: Africa)
Samuel Dembélé is the president of the board of the African Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA; since November 2015), president of the board of the Coalition Nationale de l’éducation pour Tous du Burkina Faso (CN-ÉPT BF; since April 2014) and secretary-general of the National Union of Teachers for Secondary and Higher Education (SNESS, Syndicat national des enseignants du secondaire et du supérieur; since 2010).

Vice Chairperson I Constituency, the Teaching profession

Mugwena Maluleke

Vice Chair (Constituency: Teaching profession)
Mugwena Maluleke is the General Secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), and represents Education International on the GCE Board.

Board Members

Constituency I Youth and Student-Led Organisations

Ester Simon

Board Member
Ester Simon is passionate about; Education, Communications for Development, Public Management and Policy, Access to Information for Empowerment, Community Development, and Social Justice. She served as Namibia National Students Organisation’s first female President since its inception in 1984, and All-African Students Union Constitutional Review Committee member.

Martina Darmanin

Board Member
Martina Darmanin is currently serving as the President of the European Students’ Union (ESU) and the representative of the youth and student-led constituency at GCE.

Constituency I Africa

Illiass Alhousseini

Board Member
Illiass Alhousseini is a qualified inspector for primary education and has been active in the student union movement and in defending the right to education from a young age.

Constituency I the Middle East

Elsy Wakil

Board Member
Elsy Wakil is the founder of the Lebanese Coalition of the Global Campaign for Education (Arab Network Popular Education) (2010 – till now). ANPE is member in the CCNGO as well.

Constituency I Latin America and the Caribbean

Aminta Navarro

Board Member
Aminta Navarro is the founder and Coordinator of the Dakar-Honduras Forum Coalition and member of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), where she was part of the Board of Directors during the period 2014-2018.

Constituency I the Teaching profession

Antonia Wulff

Board Member
Antonia Wulff is a Coordinator at Education International (EI), the world federation of teacher unions, and represents the teaching constituency on the GCE board.

Constituency I International NGOs

Nafisa Baboo

Board Member
Nafisa is the Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education for Light for the World, an international Disability and Development organization working in 17 Low and Middle income countries globally.

Constituency I Europe and North America

Beathe Øgård

Board Member
Beathe Øgård is Norwegian and the President of the Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH), the solidarity organization of students and academics in Norway.

Christopher Weavers

Board Member
Chris Weavers works for the NASUWT, the teachers’ union where he leads the union’s political engagement as well as maintaining relationships with a wide range of external organisations, domestically and internationally.

Constituency I Asia Pacific

Ram Gaire

Board Member
Ram Gaire is the Program Manager of the National Campaign for Education Nepal (NCE-Nepal), a leading civil society network of more than 339 organizations working on the right to education since 2003.

Jose Roberto Guevara

Board Member
Jose Roberto ‘Robbie’ Guevara represents the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), a regional network of more than 200 civil society organisations and individuals operating in around 30 countries of the Asia-Pacific.

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.