Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi is the Executive Director of Educate A Child. In just under six years she has led the programme’s expanse across 50 countries across the globe, helping to keep the promise of a quality education to more than 10.4 million of the world’s most marginalised out of school children. Before joining EAC, she served as Senior Vice President responsible for the Social Change and Cross Sector Solutions Groups at FHI 360. Previously, as a Senior Vice President, she directed the Global Learning Group of the Academy for Educational Development (AED). She joined AED from UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where she was Director of the Division for the Promotion of Quality Education. Before that she was UNICEF’s Senior Education Advisor for primary education and also responsible for the development of the UN system-wide Girls’ Education Initiative.
Dr Pigozzi was born and raised in Botswana and educated in Botswana and Zimbabwe through secondary school. She has served on the faculties of Indiana University and Michigan State University, has experience in the public and private education sectors, and works professionally in French. Her expertise ranges from early childhood to higher education, including formal and non-formal approaches. She has field experience in over 70 countries.