Executive Leadership Council

Executive Leadership Council (ELC)

ECDAN serves as a multi-sectoral platform to bridge silos and this diversity of perspectives is reflected in our governing bodies. Our Executive Leadership Council (ELC) has nine seats reserved for specific partner agencies, and other nongovernmental organizations and individual members can be elected. The role of the ELC is to oversee management, support fundraising, manage risks, and guide strategy.

Anshu Banerjee, MD, MPH, PhD

Director of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Aging, WHO

Borhene Chakroun, PhD

Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems,  UNESCO (Co-chair)

Eduardo Queiroz

International executive in the field of philanthropy and social activist

Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director, ECDAN

Elizabeth Lule

Executive Director,
ECDAN (Ex officio)


Gabriel Denombynes

Gabriel Denombynes, PhD 

Manager for Human Capital, World Bank Group

George Kronnisanyon Werner

Public sector leader and innovator

George Laryea-Adjei, PhD

Director of Programme Group, UNICEF

Ghassan Issa, MD

General Coordinator, Arab Network for Early Childhood Development

HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

Patron for Maternal & Newborn Health, UNHCR & Special Advisor to  on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, WFP

Joan Lombardi, PhD

Global Early Childhood Development Expert

Liana Ghent

Director, International Step by Step Association

Lynette Okengo, PhD

Director, Africa Early Childhood Network (Co-chair)

Marcy Vigoda

Secretariat Director, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

Mark Tomlinson, PhD

Co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research, Stellenbosch University

Muhammad Musa, MD

Asia Regional Director, CARE


Nikolaj Gilbert

President and CEO, PATH

Peter Laugharn

President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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Rukmini Banerji, PhD

CEO, Pratham Education Foundation


Sheldon Shaeffer, PhD

Board Chairperson, Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood

Sherrie Westin

President, Sesame Workshop

Sneha Sheth

CEO and Co-founder, Dost Education

Youssef Hajjar, PhD

Co-founder and Advisor, Arab Resource Collective