Mrs Graça MACHEL

Child Rights Advocate and Humanitarian

Graça MACHEL is an African stateswoman whose decades long professional and public life is rooted in Mozambique’s struggle for self-rule and international advocacy for women and children’s rights. She is a former freedom fighter in Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and that country’s first Minister of Education. In the years following her tenure in government, MACHEL produced a ground-breaking UNICEF report “The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children” that changed the way the United Nations and member states respond in conflict zones. Since then, she has worked tirelessly in support of global health, child welfare, and women’s rights and empowerment. MACHEL works through several regional and international development bodies to accelerate social transformation. She is a founding member of The Elders, and played a key role in establishing Girls Not Brides. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group and sits on the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child.

MACHEL lends her expertise to a number of organizations in a governance role. She serves as Board Chair of the Africa Child Policy Forum, Board Chair of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, as well as Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. MACHEL is a Board Member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Education Above All. She is Board Chair Emeritus for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and is a UNICEF Young People’s Agenda Global Advisory Board Member. She also sits on the Jack Ma Netpreneur Advisory Board. Additionally, she is the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Chancellor of the African Leadership University and the President of SOAS.

MACHEL has created three non-governmental organizations in her own right. She founded and serves as President of the Foundation for Community Development and the Zizile Institute for Child Development. She founded the Graça MACHEL Trust in 2010 where she focuses on advocating for women’s economic and financial empowerment, food security and nutrition, education for all, as well as good governance. Among numerous awards, MACHEL has received the United Nations’ Nansen Refugee Award in recognition of her long-standing humanitarian work.In 1997, she was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2018, she was awarded the World Health Organization’s highest honour, the WHO Gold Medal, for her enormous contributions to the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents. Graça MACHEL has dedicated her life to improving the fate of women and children, inspiring hope, and building a more just and equitable world for us all.

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Professor Anant AGARWAL

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Mr Tom BLACKWELL

CEO & Co-founder of EM

The Rt Hon Gordon BROWN

UN Special Envoy for Global Education; Former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer

Mr Ronnie C. CHAN

Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Limited

Mr Arnold CHAN

Founder and CEO of non-profit Teach4HK

Dr Charles CHEN Yidan

Founder, the Yidan Prize

Mr CHI Yufeng

Founder and Chairman of Hongen Education and Technology Co., Founder and Chairman of Perfect World Group

Ms Peggy CHOI

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Mr Simon COX

Emerging Markets Editor at The Economist

Dr Jacob (Yaki) DAYAN

Founder & CEO, EdTech Israel

Ms Yaneth GIHA

Former Minister of Education, Colombia

Mr Alvin GRAYLIN

China President, HTC

Professor Larry HEDGES

Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018; Chair of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Mr Lavine HEMLANI

Co-founder and CEO of ed-tech company Xcelerate

Dr Julian HUPPERT

Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Mr Clive LEE

Chief Executive Officer, Yidan Prize Foundation

Mr Peter LEWIS

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Dr Dennis LITTKY

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Ms Margaret McCABE

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Professor Sugata MITRA

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Dr NG Pak Tee

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Minister Naledi PANDOR

South Africa's Minister of Higher Education & Training

Dr Cathy SEELEY

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Dr Stephen D SMITH

Finci-Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation

Ms Isabella STEGER

Senior Reporter at Quartz

Mr Gareth STOCKDALE

CEO, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Mr Ruben VARDANYAN

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Mr Terry VIRTS

NASA Astronaut and Author of View From Above

Ms Rana WEHBE

Senior Editor-Special Projects Forbes Asia

Mr David WESTON

Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust; Expert on "Lesson Study"

Mr Lee WILLIAMSON

Editor, Generation T Asia