The international Board

The International Board (IB), elected by the Congress, plays the role of an international Board of Directors. It sees to the implementation of the global orientations determined by the Congress. Composed of 11 members, the International Board elects its Bureau from among its members: president, treasurer and secretary, all three with the responsibility of managing the IB’s day-to-day work.

In 2020, the composition of the International Board was revised as follows :

  • Aïcha BAH DIALLO

    Ms. Bah Diallo is an important figure in the defense of the right to quality education in Guinea, in Africa and in the world. She began her career as a teacher and was appointed Minister of Education in 1989, a position she held for seven years during which she laid the foundations to remove all barriers to education, in particular for girls. Aïcha Bah Diallo then became Director for Basic Education and Assistant Director General for Education in UNESCO. She is now pursuing a career as an international consultant. She joined the Aide et Action International Board in October 2011, first as its Secretary and later as its Treasurer until 2015, and as its International President in June 2017.

  • Jean-Pierre PICHAUT

    Jean-Pierre Pichaut was a teacher, teacher trainer, consultant to the Ministry of Education in the field of computer technologies for schools. Inspector, referent for the evaluation of pupils' results, then for education in citizenship and solidarity, he co-developed European school projects, in especially to improve access to school for children with disabilities, then, in decentralized cooperation, international educational partnerships. He joined the Board of Directors of Aide et Action France in 2016. First Secretary, then Vice-President, he became President in September 2020. He joined the International Board as a member and was elected International Treasurer in October 2020.

  • Rajiva WIJESINHA

    Rajiva Wijesinha is currently Chair of the Sri Lankan Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, where he spearheads a move to bring vocational education into line with current employer requirements. Having served in Parliament, and briefly as State Minister of Higher Education, his more effective work previously was in secondary and university education. He was responsible for re-introducing English medium, hitherto the preserve of an elite, into government schools in Sri Lanka, and for starting core courses at universities to extend the horizons and the competencies of students confined previously to limited academic disciplines. He has published several books of literary criticism, political history and philosophy, travelogues and fiction.

  • Yves TAPIERO

    Deeply convinced that education is a vector of development, Yves Tapiero is committed since 2011 with Aide et Action Switzerland chairing its Committee. During these four years, he becomes both actor and witness, in Switzerland and in international level of the pooling of efforts of Aide et Action to make education more accessible to those who are deprived. According to him, Education is one of the most powerful resources to that from a young age, the human being is guided and thus becomes master of his future by freely choosing his way. Because Education is the responsibility of everyone, he decided in 2015 to commit himself more actively at Aide et Action International by making available its organizational skills in international professional circles and its expertise in the area of financial management but also of communication. He joined the International Board as its Treasurer in October 2015.

  • Daniel DESPRÉS

    Both in terms of the diversity of the posts he has held in service to the Government of France and the areas and location of his work, Mr. Després has enjoyed a career rich in experiences, open wide to other cultures. He joined Aide et Action as a sponsor, then served as the head of the volunteer teams and then their Coordinator, later becoming a member of the Board of Directors, before being elected as Vice President of Aide et Action France in 2010, and President in 2013. He joined the International Board in October 2011 and its Secretary until 2015, and its Secretary again in June 2017.


    Anoma Dissanayaka is an attorney-at-law hailing from Sri Lanka. During the span of four-decades in the legal field, she has specialised primarily in civil law, and also served as an acting judge. She has been a managing partner of an esteemed law firm since 1980. As an active participant of several associations and movements, she has authored many books and articles pertaining to advocacy for education and children's rights. Anoma notably served as the Chairperson of Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority from 2010 to 2015. She was co-opted into joining the International Board of Aide et Action International in October 2016.

  • Jacky LUMARQUE

    Jacky Lumarque started his career as a teacher in Haiti. Since 2006, he is the Rector of the University Quisqueya in Port-au-Prince, a non-profit university established in 1990 through a partnership between the Haitian business community and a group of university professors. He is also Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Education.
    From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Lumarque worked as an independent consultant and has conducted a large number of mandates in Africa and Haiti for the World Bank and research institutions. In October 2011, he joined the International Board of Aide et Action International as member.

  • Radhames MEJIA

    Former President of Universidad APEC and former Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Human Development (CIEDHUMANO) of Dominican Republic, Radhames Mejia has been involved in development issues through education. He also holds the status of consultant and advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Through his academic and social science research, he specialized in educational sociology. Emeritus professor at the Pontifical University Madre y Maestra of Dominican Republic and Honoraris Doctor from the University of Antilles and Guiana, he is a member of many other associations. He joined, as member, the International Board until October 2015 and again in June 2017.

  • Rukmini RAO

    Since 1976, Ms. Rukmini Rao has been campaigning for women’s rights, especially through the struggle for access to quality education in India, the country from which she comes. She is involved in several organisations and is currently the chairperson of a resource centre for women. Her field experience has kept her in close touch with rural populations and her work as a consultant for the government has been strengthened by rights-based awareness campaigns conducted internationally. She joined the International Board as a member in October 2011.

  • Ratanamanee CHOMANAT

    Associate Professor Dr. CHOMANAT is an Educator. Her educational background and experience are mainly about educational administration and teaching. She did many research studies regarding educational media for the rural area in Thailand, migrants, teacher training and developed many teaching strategies. Her dedication in improving education led her to many remarkable awards both from private and public sectors. Even though she is now a retired government servant, she still serves the communities at both national and international levels. She has joined AeA as a Chairman since 2016 and aims to raise the level of the quality of education.

  • Baba DIANÉ

    Academic, research teacher and vocational education inspector, M. DIANE is affiliated with several professional organizations working in education and training.
    National referent of the African Alliance for the development of vocational training, he is a member of the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA).
    Specialist in education management and teacher training, he is a member of the International Network for Teacher Training in Africa and of the Permanent Secretariat of the African biennale of national languages in education.
    Currently, he is responsible of the National Directorate of vocational and technical training at the Ministry in charge of vocational training of the Republic of Guinea.
    Founding member of the General Assembly of Aide et Action International Africa, of which he has been President since June 2019, he joined the International Board as member the same year.