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Ian Macpherson
Lead - Knowledge and Innovation Exchange , International Organization
Washington, United States
Ian Macpherson has 15 years’ experience. He has led education program in over twenty-five countries, in Africa, South Asia and Latin America and raised over USD150MM in funding. He is particularly interested in global governance dynamics in education, and the role of non-state actors in education sector planning, policy, and implementation.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Lead – Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) and Senior Education Specialist – Global Partnership for Education (GPE): Nov ’18 to present
• Lead the implementation of GPE’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX). Responsible for budget of USD$75m, collaboration with implementing partners and internal secretariat coordination across different GPE departments and teams. Primary responsibility for ensuring KIX proceedings and outputs strengthen GPE’s country focused operational model, drive GPE’s strategic plan and lead to improved national policy dialogue and sector planning.
• Leadership of KIX design blueprint, operational plan and key implementing partner (International Development Research Centre) through intense committee meetings. Guiding approval by GPE Board of Directors on final design and operational plan. Invited speaker / recognized resource on increasing global role of philanthropy in education.

Education Specialist for Global, Regional and Thematic Initiatives – Global Partnership for Education (GPE): August ’15 to October ‘18
• Project manage the design of GPE’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) mechanism, coordinating with internal Secretariat teams and external partners, and managing the work of two external design firms. Coordinate the development of Special Initiatives, including targeted financing for knowledge and good practice exchange pilots. Lead the development of GPE’s Private Foundations strategy, manage relationships with key foundation partners, and coordinate work with GPE’s Private Foundations Constituency.
• Helped secure USD$27.54m in funding from private foundations for three pilot initiatives in ECCE, Gender, and Learning Assessments. Represent GPE on advisory board of Global Monitoring Report and a range of external conferences, meetings and events.

Director of Special Projects – Education Support Programme, Open Society Foundations (OSF): July ‘13 to July ’15
• Lead the strategic development of the Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI), as well as management of research and advocacy in a range of international, regional and national governmental, civil society and donor spaces. Lead OSF engagement in the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) providing strategic and technical input to develop and strengthen the network.
• Represent OSF on steering group of the Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), the advisory group of the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF), and the steering group of the International Education Funders Group (IEFG).

Deputy Director – Education Support Programme, Open Society Foundations (OSF): July ’10 to July ‘13
• Responsible for operational management of the Education Support Programme, procedural policy issues within OSF and coordinating the work of fourteen staff spread across six countries. Represent ESP internally within the organization and externally with strategic partners, oversee the programme budget (+USD$10m) and guide its strategic development.
• Co-chair the Steering Group of the Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) 2010-2012; direct PERI including oversight of 28 research projects into privatisation of public education in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, managing research budget of +USD$700,000; directorship of two Summer Schools on education privatization; strategic development of SSCP between Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique; numerous representations of ESP at international conferences and events in Geneva, New York, Paris, Washington DC.

Oct ‘02 St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford
-­- May ’06 ESRC funded DPhil in Educational Studies
Thesis: "The Rights Based Approach and Adult Education: implications for
participation, empowerment and partnership in Southern Tanzania”

Oct ‘01 St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford
-­- Sept ’02 ESRC funded MSc in Educational Research Methodology
Dissertation: "Reflections of an external researcher aiming to conduct an ethnographic case study in a developing country"

Oct ’98 School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
-­- Sept ’99 MSc in Development Studies - Merit
Dissertation: "To what extent does the definition of participation as a concept affect the policy and practice of development organisations?"

Oct ’92 University of Edinburgh
– July ‘96 MA (with Honours) in Mental Philosophy -­- 2.i.
Majors: Theories of Existence; Modern Continental Philosophy
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
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