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Peter Colenso

Senior Advisor

UK

Peter has worked with the IDP Foundation in an advisory role since 2016, helping the Foundation to raise awareness of the contributions of the affordable non-state (ANS) sector to global education goals, and to help shape the global education policy environment accordingly.

Peter has a Doctorate of Education and has lived and worked as an education specialist in Africa, Asia and the Balkans. Peter works as a consultant in global Education, Health and Human Development, with a range of clients and across a range of functions, but principally strategy. Prior to working as a consultant, Peter was Executive Director in the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) – the world’s largest children-focussed Foundation. Prior to that, Head of Education in the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and three years Head of the Human Development Department in DFID’s Policy Division, managing a department of 45 staff with a direct programme budget of over $1bn over 4 years and policy leadership of over $3bn of annual DFID investments in Education, Health and Nutrition. Peter has sat on a number of Boards, including three terms as a Board member of the Global Partnership for Education.

Peter has degrees from Oxford University, the London School of Economics & Political Science, and Sussex University. He is based in Lewes in the UK.

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