Honorary COL Advisers

The Honorary COL Advisers programme started in 2009. Honorary COL Advisers are esteemed individuals who serve as goodwill ambassadors for COL. They support COL by providing advice, direction and insight to Member States and their organisations and institutions to advance open and distance learning, and ultimately enhancing access to quality education. Honorary COL Advisers also share and disseminate new ideas, innovations and thought leadership that will promote learning for sustainable development as a central focus of COL’s Strategic Plan 2015-2021

In March 2019, COL announced its newest Honorary COL Advisers. The term of appointment is up to three years.

Dr Nancy George, Consultant (Jamaica) 

Prof Mohammad Junaid, Faculty of Education and Extension Services, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (Nigeria)

Prof Vasudha Kamat, former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University (India)

Prof Shironica Karunanayaka, Faculty of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)

Prof Goolam Mohamedbhai, former Vice Chancellor, University of Mauritius (Mauritius)

Prof Som Naidu, Consultant (Australia)

Dr Mark Nichols, Executive Director Learning Design & Development, Open Polytechnic (New Zealand)

Prof Dr Zoraini Wati Abas, Dean, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)


Former Honorary COL Advisers

Prof Dato’ Dr. Ansary Ahmed, President/CEO, Asia e University (Malaysia)

Prof Dr Abdul Mannan, Vice Chancellor, European University of Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

Prof Tolly S.A. Mbwette, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University of Tanzania (Tanzania)

Prof Veronica McKay, Deputy Executive Dean, College of Education, University of South Africa (South Africa)

Prof Ajaga Nji, Université de Dschang (Cameroon)

Dr Mrs. K. Rama, Deputy Adviser, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (India)

Dr Caroline Seelig, Chief Executive, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (New Zealand)

Prof Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Open Campus, The University of the West Indies (Barbados)

The late Mr Rod Tyrer, Lead Adviser, Organisational Development Direct (United Kingdom)

Leatuaolevao Ruby Vaa,  Acting Campus Director/CCE Coordinator, The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

Ms Jenny Williams, Consultant (New Zealand)