Board of Governors

COL is governed by an international Board of Governors chaired by Dr. Linda Sissons, CNZM, former Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Institute of Technology, New Zealand. Six major voluntary contributors, currently Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa and the United Kingdom, have representatives on COL’s Board of Governors. There are also representatives from all four regions of the Commonwealth – Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

The current President and Chief Executive Officer is Professor Asha Kanwar, one of the world’s leading advocates of learning for development. Prior to joining COL in 2003, Dr. Kanwar’s experience includes serving as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and promoting ODL in Africa as a consultant with UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA) in Dakar, Senegal. 

Current Members of the Board of Governors

COL Board of Governors meeting in Burnaby, BC, Canada (June 2016)

Back row, left to right: 
Deodat Maharaj (representing Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland), 
K. Balasubramanian, Hubert Charles, Emma Kruse Va'ai, Lockwood Smith and Rob Whitby

Front row, left to right: 
Narend Baijnath, Atta-ur-Rahman, Linda Sissons (Chair),
Asha Kanwar (President and CEO), Janet Ecker, Mariam Katagum and Martin Bean.

Not present in photo: 
Danny Faure and Vinay Sheel Oberoi