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 AUSTRALIAE
Professor Belinda Tynan
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education and Vice President
RMIT University

 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADAA 
Mr Michael Gort 
A/Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Issues and Development
Global Affairs Canada

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIAE
Shri Amit Khare
Secretary, Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Human Resource Development

 

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 NIGERIAA
Vacant

 

GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAA
Professor Narend Baijnath
Chief Executive Officer
Council on Higher Education
Deputy Chair of the COL Board of Governors 

 

GOVERNMENT OF UNITED KINGDOM E 
Mr Philip Parham CMG
UK Commonwealth Envoy
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
 
 

Regional Appointments on the Advice of Commonwealth Ministers of Education:

AFRICAE  

Mr Armoogum Parsuramen GOSK
President
Global Rainbow Foundation
Mauritius 

                    

ASIAA

Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail
President, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Chairperson, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
Malaysia

 

CARIBBEANA

His Excellency Hubert John Charles
Resident Ambassador to United Arab Emirates for Dominica 
 

PACIFICA

The Honourable Siaosi ‘Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni
Minister of Education and Training
Ministry of Education and Training
Kingdom of Tonga

 

Appointment by the Commonwealth Secretary-General
​Vacant

 

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: 21 January 2020