Members of COL's Board of Governors

CHAIR

Chair, COL Board of Governors
Vacant

Deputy Chair
Senator the Honourable Kay S. McConney
Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training
Barbados

(member representing the Caribbean region)

 

MEMBERS

Commonwealth Secretary-General
The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC

 

Appointments by Major Donors:

GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIAE
Professor Belinda Tynan

 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADAA
Mr Arif Lalani
Director–General, International Organizations
Global Affairs Canada

Chair of the Audit Committee

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIAE
Professor Sudhir K. Jain
Vice Chancellor
Banaras Hindu University

 

GOVERNMENT OF NEW ZEALAND E
Dr Caroline Seelig
Chief Executive
Open Polytechnic

 

GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIAA
Her Excellency Dr Hajo Sani
Ambassador
Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO

 

GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAA
Professor Daniel Kgwadi
Vice Chancellor and Principal
Vaal University of Technology

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GOVERNMENT OF UNITED KINGDOM E
Ms Jo Lomas
Commonwealth Envoy
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

 

Regional Appointments

AFRICA
The Honourable Prof. Dr. Alpha T. Wurie
Minister of Technical and Higher Education
Republic of Sierra Leone

 

ASIAA
Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail
President
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Malaysia

 

CARIBBEANA
Senator the Honourable Kay S. McConney
Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training
Barbados

Deputy Chair of the COL Board of Governors

 

PACIFICA
The Honourable Hu’akavameiliku of Ha’asini
Prime Minister
Kingdom of Tonga

 

Appointment by the Commonwealth Secretary-General

Dr Joanna NewmanE
Secretary General
Association of Commonwealth Universities

 

President (Ex-Officio)

Professor Asha Kanwar
President and CEO
Commonwealth of Learning

 

E Denotes member of Executive Committee
A Denotes member of Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is comprised of a minimum of three Governors and the Committee may co-opt other members to bring specific expertise as an External Member. Ms Helen Worth has served in this capacity from February 2015.

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