Current Members of COL's Board of Governors

CHAIR

Dr Linda Sissons, CNZM

 

MEMBERS

Commonwealth Secretary-General:

The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC

 

Appointments by Major Donors:
 

GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA
Mr Martin Bean, CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University

 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADAE 
(Global Affairs Canada)
Ms Janet L. Ecker, ICD.DE
President, Toronto Financial Services Alliance
Public Policy Advisor, The Tramore Group
Former Minister of Finance and former Minister of Education, Ontario

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIAE
Mr K.K. Sharma
Secretary, Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Human Resource Development
India

 

GOVERNMENT OF NEW ZEALAND
(New Zealand Aid Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade)
The Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, KNZM
Former High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom, Ghana, Ireland and Nigeria

 

GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA
Her Excellency Mrs Mariam Yalwaji Katagum
Ambassador/Permanent Delegate
The Permanent Delegation of Nigeria to UNESCO (Paris)
Deputy Chair of the COL Board of Governors 

 

GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAA
Professor Narend Baijnath
Chief Executive Officer
Council on Higher Education

 

GOVERNMENT OF UNITED KINGDOMA
Mr Robert Whitby
Deputy Head, Education Policy Team
Department for International Development

 

Regional Appointments on the Advice of Commonwealth Ministers of Education:

AFRICAA  

The Honourable Dr Unity Dow
Minister of Basic Education
Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Botswana
 

ASIAE

The Honourable Mr Nurul Islam Nahid
Minister of Education
Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
 

CARIBBEANA

Mr Hubert John Charles
Adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominica
Former Ambassador to the USA and Permanent Representative to the OAS, Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica to USA

 

PACIFICE

Letuimanu'asina Dr Emma Kruse Vaai
Professor of English and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Education, National University of Samoa, Samoa

 

Appointment by the Commonwealth Secretary-GeneralA:

Lord David Terence Puttnam
House of Lords
London, United Kingdom

 

President (Ex-Officio):

Professor Asha Kanwar 
President and C.E.O., Commonwealth of Learning

 

Advisor:

Dr Joanna Newman
Secretary General
Association of Commonwealth Universities

 

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.

 

Last updated: 5 April 2017