Nora Fyles is the Head of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) Secretariat.
Before joining UNGEI Nora worked for the Canadian International Development worked as Education Team Leader and Senior Education Advisor based at its headquarters in Gatineau since 2003. Nora served as GAC Co-Chair for the past year and headed the GAC’s Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group that oversaw the evaluation of UNGEI since 2008. She also heads the GAC Task Team on collaboration between UNGEI and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) at country level.
Prior to her time at CIDA, Nora worked in Belize, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Pakistan with a focus on education, literacy, skills development and gender for a variety of education institutions, government ministries, NGOs, and multilateral organizations. In Canada, Nora taught children and adult learners with a special focus on literacy and reading, trained tutors, developed and managed community literacy programs, and developed literacy curriculum for NGOs, the Ottawa and Toronto Boards of Education and Ontario Ministry of Education.
Nora, a Canadian national, holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and a MEd from the Ontario Institute for the Studies of Education at the University of Toronto.
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