Aïcha Bah Diallo, Chair

A renowned champion of girls’ and women’s learning, Ms. Bah Diallo hails from Guinea, where she served as Minister of Education from 1989 to 1996,

implementing major reforms that strengthened access to primary education and doubled girls’ enrolment. She went on to become a senior education leader at UNESCO, where, from 1996 to 2005, she worked to reduce barriers to education for girls in the world’s least developed countries. Ms. Bah Diallo helped found both the Forum on Women Educationalists (FAWE) in 1992 and the Association for Strengthening Higher Education for Women in Africa (ASHEWA) in 2005. She is currently an advisor to the Director-General of UNESCO on girls’ education in Africa and a member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Prize Committee. Fluent in six languages (French, English, Spanish, Fulani, Mandingo and Soussou), she holds a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Penn State University and a postgraduate diploma in biochemistry from the University of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Guinea. For her contributions to the field of education, Ms. Bah Diallo has received the Commandeur des Palmes Académiques françaises as well as the Officier de I’Ordre national de Côte d’Ivoire.

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