The International Board

The International Board (IB), elected by the Congress, fulfills the role of an international Board of Directors. It sees to the implementation of the global orientations defined by the Congress. Composed of 9 members, the International Board elects its own president, treasurer and secretary from among its members, all three of whom are tasked with managing the IB’s day-to-day affairs.

Members of the International Board


Ms. Bah Diallo is an important figure in the defense of the right to quality education in Guinea, in Africa and in the world. She began her career as a teacher and was appointed Minister of Education in 1989, a position she held for seven years during which she laid the foundations to remove all barriers to education, in particular for girls. Aïcha Bah Diallo then became Director for Basic Education and Assistant Director General for Education in UNESCO. She is now pursuing a career as an international consultant. She joined the International Board in October 2011, first as its Secretary and later as its Treasurer until 2015, and as its International President in June 2017.

Gwénaëlle BOUILLÉ,

Gwénaëlle Bouillé is a lawyer with a double degree in private law and political science. Her aptitude for geopolitics and human rights led her to take an interest in international criminal law and European human rights law. She has also been a rapporteur for the National Asylum Court and supervisor of elections in Kosovo. Deeply convinced that education is an essential vector of development, she joined Aide et Action in June 2014. As a member, Gwénaëlle regularly leaves to the field in order to be as close as possible to the mission she serves.


Rajiva Wijesinha is currently Chair of the Sri Lankan Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, where he spearheads a move to bring vocational education into line with current employer requirements. Having served in Parliament, and briefly as State Minister of Higher Education, his more effective work previously was in secondary and university education. He was responsible for re-introducing English medium, hitherto the preserve of an elite, into government schools in Sri Lanka, and for starting core courses at universities to extend the horizons and the competencies of students confined previously to limited academic disciplines. He has published several books of literary criticism, political history and philosophy, travelogues and fiction.


Deeply convinced that education is an important vector of development, Yves Tapiero is the president of the governing council of Aide et Action Switzerland since 2011. During these four years, he has become both an actor and a witness, in Switzerland and on the international level, of the pooling of Aide et Action resources to make education more accessible to those who are deprived. Education is an extremely powerful resource that allows you to make conscious decisions from a young age, exercise control over your future and freely choose your path in life. Because everyone is responsible for education, in 2015 Yves Tapiero decided to dedicate himself more actively to Aide et Action International, putting his professional skills and experience and his expertise in financial management and communication at the organisation’s disposal. He joined the International Board as its Treasurer in October 2015.


Both in terms of the diversity of the posts he has held in service to the Government of France and the areas and location of his work, Mr. Després has enjoyed a career rich in experiences, open wide to other cultures. He joined Aide et Action as a sponsor, then served as the head of the volunteer teams and then their Coordinator, later becoming a member of the Board of Directors, before being elected as Vice President of Aide et Action France in 2010, and President in 2013. He joined the International Board in October 2011 and served as its Secretary until 2015.


Jacky Lumarque started his career as a teacher in Haiti. Since 2006, he is the Rector of the University Quisqueya in Port-au-Prince, a non-profit university established in 1990 through a partnership between the Haitian business community and a group of university professors. He is also Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Education. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Lumarque worked as an independent consultant and conducted a large number of mandates in Africa and Haiti for the World Bank and various research institutions. In October 2011, he joined the International Board as a member.


Anoma Dissanayaka is an attorney-at-law hailing from Sri Lanka. During the span of four-decades in the legal field, she has specialised primarily in civil law, and also served as an acting judge. She has been a managing partner of an esteemed law firm since 1980. As an active participant of several associations and movements, she has authored many books and articles pertaining to advocacy for education and children’s rights. Anoma notably served as the Chairperson of Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority from 2010 to 2015. She was co-opted into joining the International Board of Aide et Action International in October 2016.

Rukmini RAO,

Since 1976, Ms. Rukmini Rao has been campaigning for women’s rights, in particular through the struggle for access to quality education in India, her country of origin. She is involved in several organisations and is currently the Chairwoman of a resource centre for women. Her field experience, especially being in close contact with rural populations and serving as a consultant for the government, has been further strengthened by conducting international awareness campaigns for women’s rights. She joined the International Board as a member in October 2011.

Radhames MEJIA,

Former President of Universidad APEC and former Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Human Development (CIEDHUMANO) of Dominican Republic, Radhames Mejia has been involved in development issues through education. He also holds the status of consultant and advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Through his academic and social science research, he specialized in educational sociology. Emeritus professor at the Pontifical University Madre y Maestra of Dominican Republic and Honoraris Doctor from the University of Antilles and Guiana, he is a member of many other associations. He joined, as member, the International Board until October 2015 and again in June 2017.