H.E. Jakaya Kikwete

Former President of Tanzania and Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education


Jakaya Kikwete_1Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of Tanzania, serving from 2005-2015, and Chair of Global Partnership for Education, the world’s only partnership and fund focused on providing quality education to children in lower-income countries. During his term of office, President Kikwete successfully expanded education opportunities to millions of Tanzanians with a massive increase in enrolment in primary education. He now heads an organisation that has mobilised more than $11 billion to improve education. Global Partnership for Education works to build stronger education systems to reach the most vulnerable children, improve teaching and learning, and build resilience to withstand shocks and adapt to the challenges of the 21st century. 

President Kikwete believes there is no greater change a leader can make to serve the most vulnerable and marginalised children than education and is keen to address the global learning crisis that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

He has played pivotal roles in regional cooperation, including as Chair of the African Union and Chair of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security. Throughout his distinguished public service career, both in the Tanzanian government and subsequently in international and regional organisations, President Kikwete has dedicated himself to advancing progressive policies for education as well as women and children's health. After retiring from government, President Kikwete served as a special envoy for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, leading high-level delegations to 14 countries across Africa.

Jakaya Kikwete_2President Kikwete holds a number of other international roles including Co-Chair of the UNFPA High Level Commission on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, Co-Chair of the Refugee Council, Member of the High-Level Panel on Every Woman, Every Child and Every Adolescent, Member of the High-Level Panel on Scaling Up Nutrition, Member of the End Malaria Council, and a Board Member of the Nutrition International. On the African continent he is a Member of the Board of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa and Chair of the Board of the Global Water Partnership for Africa and Southern Africa.

He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam and now serves as Chancellor of the University.