Board of Directors

Dr. amrita ahuja

Chair of the Board, Douglass Marshall Jr. Family Foundation

Amrita leads the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, an innovative funder of international education.  She is also a founder of Evidence Action.  An accidental social-entrepreneur, she led the the start-up of Dispensers for Safe Water, and chaired the board of Deworm the World as it grew to reach 30 million children. She worked as a Management Consultant for the Monitor Group where she led projects to evaluate market-based approaches to delivering products and services to the poor. There she developed consumer marketing strategies, distribution models, and best practices for health and other products. Ahuja brings experience in marketing and distribution of consumer goods in the public and private sectors in India and Africa as well as significant experience with innovation and evidence in international development.  She  holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.



Ashish dhawan

Founder and CEO, Central Square Foundation

Ashish is the Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF), that works on the systemic strengthening of the K-12 education system in India.

He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale’s Development Council.

Ashish serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, India School Leadership Institute and Bharti Foundation.


Dr. carolyn stremlau

Executive Director, Banyan Tree Foundation

Carolyn is the executive director of the Banyan Tree Foundation, a private foundation in Washington, DC. The foundation supports organizations in Africa and South Asia to increase opportunities for children to obtain a quality education. It has a special interest in supporting programs that focus on the education of girls.

Carolyn has been involved in Africa since 1969 and has lived in Nigeria and South Africa. She has worked with non-governmental organizations including PACT, Citizens Development Corps, Overseas Development Council, and the Ford Foundation. She holds a PhD in international development from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.



Dr. Paula Cordeiro

Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and
Education, University of San Diego 

Paula A. Cordeiro is a former teacher and principal in bilingual schools in
Venezuela and Spain. From 1998 to 2015 she served as dean of the School of
Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Paula is
currently the Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and

Paula is a board member of the James Irvine Foundation, the Boston-based
nonprofit Community Technical Assistance Center, the New Bedford Whaling
Museum, the Midway Museum of San Diego, and Building Engineering and
Science Talent. She is a former board member of the American Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education, the International Council on Education for
Teaching, and a founding member of the Academy for International School
Heads. In 2006, Paula was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve on
the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Additionally, she is a past
president of the University Council for Educational Administration, and was
awarded a fellowship by the Commonwealth Council for Educational
Administration and Management. In 2014, she received the Classroom of the
Future Foundation’s Visionary Leadership Award and in 2016 the Luso-American
Foundation’s Global Action Award. Paula is the author of numerous articles and
three books on school leadership.



Founder and Managing Principal, Salmon River Capital

Josh has over 20 years of experience in working in partnership with management teams building valuable growth businesses. His experience encompasses a wide range of dynamic, growth industries and transaction types, and he has particular expertise in Salmon River Capital's focal markets. He previously served as a General Partner of both Warburg Pincus, where he served for over a decade, and Forstmann Little.

Josh serves on the Board of New Leaders, a leading social enterprise focused on training the next generation of U.S. urban principals, which he chaired from 2003 to 2011. He also serves on the board of New Classrooms Innovation Partners, the successor organization to the School of One. He serves as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Gen Learning Challenges program. In partnership with the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development/ National Institutes of Health, Mr. Lewis and his wife created the Noah Fund for SIDS research.

Mr. Lewis holds a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) from Oxford University (1989) and an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University (1984).




Co-Founder and CEO, Asia Philanthropy Circle

Laurence leads the Asia Philanthropy Circle, a Singapore-based membership platform for Asian philanthropists to jointly grow the impact of their philanthropy and to catalyze Asian philanthropy.

Laurence is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation, a family foundation established in 1980. Under his leadership, Lien Foundation has become well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach in the fields of education, eldercare and the environment.

Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014. In 2008, he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore and is currently its Chairman. He is also Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.

Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Administrative Service, which forms the top echelon of public service leaders in Singapore. Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014.


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DR. Lynn Murphy


Lynn Murphy is an independent consultant for foundations and international
organizations working primarily in the Global South. Previously, Lynn worked at
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a Senior Fellow and Program Officer
where she founded an initiative, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, to
improve the quality of primary schools in the developing world. This initiative
directed more than $110 million across 7 countries and globally to catalyze and
support efforts to improve learning for the poorest children. Prior to working in
philanthropy, Lynn consulted with several international and nongovernmental
organizations. Lynn holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education and
an M.A. in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis both from
Stanford University. She conducted extensive research on transnational NGO
advocacy in international development and education and more recently education
reform efforts primarily in East Africa. Lynn has lived and/or worked in the
education sector in Central America, across Sub-Saharan Africa, and in India.



Director, PAL Network Secretariat

Sara heads the Nairobi-based PAL Network Secretariat, raising the profile of the citizen led assessment network operating in nine countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2009, Sara initiated the citizen-led assessment process ‘Uwezo’ in Kenya, before serving as Regional Manager for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Sara was a lecturer at Kenyatta University for more than fifteen years; where she emerged as a key researcher in primary education and school reform. Sara sits on the board of Women Educational Researchers of Kenya; The Global Reading Network and Longhorn Publishers. Sara holds a PhD in Education from Heidelberg University in Germany.