The GCE Secretariat team

GCE has an international secretariat which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The secretariat delivers the campaigns and advocacy work as per the global strategic plan adopted by the GCE membership and board.

Grant Kasowanjete

Global Coordinator
Grant Kasowanjete joined Global Campaign for Education as Head of Finance and Administration in February 2012. Grant has over 19 years working experience in finance, administration and project management. He has worked for major institution such as GIZ, DFID, EU, USAID, PACT etc. Grant holds an MBA (University of Wales) and studying DBA (UNISA). What excites him about the GCE Movement is the quality, passion and energy of GCE Secretariat staff and its members and “our shared commitment for a cause greater than all of us which will ultimately be of benefit to the generations that follow”.

Wolfgang Leumer

Senior Programme Manager
Wolfgang Leumer joined the GCE in January 2014 as the head of the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) Programme, after working 33 years for a German NGO in the field of non-formal and basic education. He worked on education projects in Asia-Pacific and Africa, and held posts in Europe, Madagascar, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He holds a Master degree in national economics and fluently speaks 4 languages.

Vernor Muñoz

Head of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns (Costa Rica)
Vernor Muñoz joined GCE in October 2017, after working with Plan International and acted as a consultant for UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and other international organizations. Vernor has higher studies in Literature, Law, Human Rights, Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Education and is widely published. He is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (2004-2010). Building a strong civil society movement for a free inclusive public education is an inspiration for his work.

Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia

Consultant: Policy & Research Advisor (UK)
Luis Eduardo holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Manchester, and MSc in Economics and a BA in Economics from the National University of Colombia. Prior to joining the GCE in June 2018, Luis Eduardo spent many years working as both as a researcher and as a practitioner with a range of development and humanitarian organisations. Luis strongly believes in the power of education to bring social change, and that is why he joined the GCE.

Boitumelo Kgomo

HR & Governance Coordinator
Boitumelo Kgomo is since November 2014 GCE’s Human Resources and Administration Coordinator, based in the Johannesburg Secretariat office. Her current role involves supporting Human Resources administration, Membership engagements, Contracts management and Governance processes within the Secretariat office. She is also responsible for Office Management and oversees Travel logistics & events for the Secretariat staff, projects, the Board and coalition members based globally. Boitumelo joined GCE with the aim of being part of a team that is passionate about working towards access to free education for those from less privileged backgrounds and efficiently supporting the movement in reaching its objectives has been her goal.

Khuselwa Mxatule

Monitoring, Evaluations, Reporting & Learning Manager (MERL Manager)
Khuselwa Mxatule joined GCE in February 2017 as Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer for the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) and was promoted GCE MEL Manager in June 2019. She is based in the Johannesburg office. Prior to joining GCE, Khuselwa worked for non-profit organisations such as SAEP, PASCAP & Masifunde and was involved in design, implementation and monitoring of education programmes. Working at GCE has given her an opportunity to be aware and contribute to dealing with education complexities beyond the borders of South Africa. She particularly enjoys being responsible for large amounts of data from different countries that contribute to identify the impact of the CSEF programme. It has given her an opportunity to be more innovative and considerate of global education targets.

Cristina Álvarez Álvarez

Campaigns Manager (Spain)
Cristina Álvarez joined the Global Campaign for Education as the Campaigns Manager in June 2021. Cristina is a communication, campaigning, and public affairs specialist with over 10 years of experience in international development, public policy, and human rights issues. Previously, she has worked as a research coordinator in Oxfam’s GROW campaign. In her role as Coordinator of GCE’s national coalition in Spain, she has also contributed to develop and implement education campaigns for over 4 years. Cristina is passionate about human rights and communication in all its forms and believes in the power of education to change the world for the better.

Anjum Lalla Yu

Financial Compliance Coordinator
Anjum Lalla Yu joined GCE in November 2016 as the Internal Audit Coordinator for the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) Programme, based at the GCE office in Johannesburg. She holds a strong financial background through her accounting degrees, prior financial work experience, and she is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors for South Africa. At the beginning of 2020, her role transitioned to GCE’s Financial Compliance Coordinator. Within this role, she reviews and evaluates financial compliance, organisational risk, and internal control issues within the organisation and ensures that all legislative, contractual, and GCE policies and procedures are followed and adhered to, while instituting practices that will ensure compliance and risk mitigation. Anjum enjoys working with colleagues from different countries, understanding differing financial contexts and environments, and adding value and contributing to building financial management capacities within the GCE Movement.

Ndivhuwo Mafharalala

Finance Coordinator
Ndivhuwo is a finance officer and joined GCE in 2014. Ndivhuwo is responsible for processing of all financial transactions and payroll of the organization. Prior to joining GCE, he worked as the Accounting Assistant for Deaf Federation of South Africa. He has more than 10 years experience in the financial management within the NGO/NPO sector. He is proud to be part of the global education movement and the most talented team.

Salma Deedat

Events & Admin Officer
Salma Deedat is GCE’s Administrative Officer since 2010, based in the GCE office in Johannesburg. She provides technical and logistical support to GCE’s multiple projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops; coordinates office activities and operations to ensure effectiveness and efficiency within the movement; and supports the Secretariat colleagues, the GCE Board of Directors, and GCE members. Salma enjoys interacting with different types of people and learning new aspects of life. She is self-motivated and has a strong respect for other people’s ways and beliefs.
Philani Ndebele

Philani Ndebele

Communications Officer
Philani is an experienced campaigns and communications professional with 10 years of experience and strong media relations, as well as a dedicated education activist. He has a strong academic background in Development Studies, Politics, Thought Leadership, International Trade and the African Political Economy. He has worked for the AIDS Foundation of South Africa, the ACTION Support Centre and participated in the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC) Exchange Programme. He is passionate about technology and access to education, girl-child access to education, African renaissance, conflict transformation, infrastructures for peace, people-to-people solidarity across issues and sectors, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. He is also a seasoned fashion designer and tenor trombone player.

Xena Scullard

Youth Engagement Officer
Xena joined GCE in March 2021 as the Youth Engagement Officer. Xena's role is to support GCE with strategic direction and coordination, with particular focus on growing and strengthening the voice and representation of youth and students across the movement. Xena has almost a decade worth of experience working as a youth activist and organiser within the African region. Xena believes that feminist movement building and centering the leadership of youth and marginalised groups, are critical in driving the disruption of exclusionary systems. Xena is excited to be part of leading the Youth & Student Engagement work of GCE.

Julia Sestier

Campaigns Creative Content and Engagement Officer
After many years in South Africa, Julia now lives in Marseille, France. Prior to joining GCE, she worked at Femmes Africa Solidarité on networking and advocacy initiatives aimed at strengthening women’s participation in peacebuilding processes at the regional and international level. She also worked at CIVICUS, first in fundraising, and then on civil society strengthening initiatives. Finally, she worked for several years as a photojournalist and writer, freelancing for international media and telling stories from Kenya, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She believes that education is key in bringing about social change and is proud to support a strong civil society movement that promotes education as a basic human right.

Vicky Mogeni

Knowledge Management and Learning Officer
Vicky Mogeni joined GCE in March 2021 as the Knowledge Management and Learning officer to foster learning across the GCE membership and the secretariat. Prior to GCE, Vicky worked with UNICEF USA in New York. She has 5 years of experience in resource mobilisation and project management of education, migration, and women’s empowerment programs in the non-profit sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is inspired by ensuring education reaches all, particularly women and girls and children in emergency contexts.

Ashanti Kunene

Research and Advocacy Officer
Ashanti Kunene is the GCE Research and Advocacy Officer. She is a published writer, public speaker with two TEDx talks and a decolonial dialogue facilitator. She holds a BA (Hons) International Studies Cum Laude from Stellenbosch University, where she was also a prominent student leader during the 2015/2016 #FeesMustFall and #EndRapeCulture student movements. Having previously worked in big data and education technology, she is passionate about digital innovation in delivering the right to education for all.