Global Lead, Education
Aga Khan Foundation
Dr. Andrew (Andy) Cunningham is the Global Lead for Education at the Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, based at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Andy co-leads AKF’s global education portfolio, working in partnership with governments, academia, philanthropy, school practitioners, civil society and the private sector to co-develop and scale innovations in education that strengthen the public provision of quality, lifelong learning for all across 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Among the many initiatives at AKF, Andy has spearheaded the launch of the new Schools2030 programme (www.schools2030.org), working with 1000 schools across 10 countries for 10 years to dramatically improve learning outcomes for the most marginalized students from the bottom-up, rather than top-down methods.
Before joining AKF, Andy worked for UNICEF, the World Bank, World Learning, and the Education Above All Foundation, amongst others. In 2006, he co-founded the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Muhuru Bay, Kenya as the first girls secondary boarding school in the region offering full-scholarships, living out of a mud-hut as its Executive Director during its first two years. WISER has emerged as one of Kenya’s top-performing girls’ secondary schools in the country, especially in STEM.
Cunningham graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a double major in International Comparative Studies and Chinese and received a Masters in Comparative International Education at Oxford University with distinction. He earned his Doctorate degree from Oxford University in International Education, understanding local Kenyan realities of effective school leadership strategies for school improvement through mobile and cloud-based technologies. He is the recipient of the prestigious Marshall, Truman, and Robertson Scholarships; the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award, Oxford’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Social Impact and Duke’s Presidential Alumni Award for Global Leadership.