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Board of Directors

Boris Bulayev, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Educate!

Boris Bulayev is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Educate!. Under his leadership, Educate! has grown to 100 staff and over 150 Mentors, reaching over 240,000 youth across 500 schools in Uganda and Rwanda, and advised on integration of skills-based education into Uganda and Rwanda’s national education systems, The organization has received much global acclaim for its work, including the 2015 WISE award, recognition as one of 14 global case studies on scaling education by Brookings Institution, and fellowships from Echoing Green, Ashoka and the Mulago Foundation.

Boris emigrated to the U.S. from Latvia at the age of 7. He considers himself lucky to have attended a great public school in San Francisco that eventually got him into Amherst College. As a refugee himself, Boris believes in giving other young people access to the same educational opportunities he had that have allowed him to get to where he is today.

Before jumping into Educate! full-time, Boris worked at startup incubator Loeb Enterprises, learning about entrepreneurship and how to start companies. Personally, Boris is a Startingbloc fellow, an Empact100 Top Young Entrepreneur of 2011, a recipient of the 2011 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, and a two time Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Nicholas Burnett

Nicholas Burnett is a Senior Fellow at Results for Development (R4D) in Washington DC, a Special Professor of International Education at Nottingham University, chair of the Board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, and on the NORRAG Consultative Committee, the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network and the Board of Americans for UNESCO.

He now focuses especially on pragmatic and innovative approaches to important but neglected topics in education, including especially out-of-school children, adult illiteracy, innovative finance, ECD finance, non-state education, and the provision of global public goods. 

As Managing Director for Global Education he founded and ran R4D’s education program (2010-17), and has also served on the staff of the International Commission on Financing Education Opportunity (2016), been a visiting professor at Hiroshima University (2014-15), UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education (2007-09), Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (2004-07), head of his own small consulting firm (2001-03), and a World Bank staff and manager (1983-2000). 

He was educated in economics at Oxford (BA), Harvard (Henry Fellow) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (MA, PhD). 

Eric Glustrom

Eric Glustrom is the founder of Educate! and Watson Institute, two organizations spreading mentorship-driven leadership and entrepreneurship education throughout Uganda, the U.S., and beyond through open-source replication. Educate! and Watson Institute (based in the U.S.) both select students with promising ideas to solve complex global challenges, then provide the mentorship, training, and networks to help advance their solutions.

Eric has been recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30. Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Nicole Goldin

Dr. Nicole Goldin works at the nexus of economic, political, and social change and security.  She is a global development, youth, international trends, and emerging economies policy, strategy, research, communications and impact expert. She heads a boutique consultancy, NRG Advisory, is an affiliated expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a professorial lecturer at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

She served in senior advisory positions in the Obama Administration at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development and received multiple commendations for her work. She has demonstrated success working within and across public, corporate, finance, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors with organizations including International Youth Foundation, Hilton Worldwide, Clinton Global Initiative, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics, and IFES. Dr. Goldin's academic qualifications include a PhD in Economics and masters degrees in Development and International Affairs. 

Amy Kates

Amy serves as a trusted advisor to business leaders in successful companies around the world, working with them to assess organizational issues, reshape structures and processes, and build depth of management capability. She is a skilled diagnostician and designer and helps her clients to understand organizational options and their implications, and to make sound decisions.

In addition to her consulting work, Amy is on the i4cp Thought Leader Consortium. She also teaches organization design in the Executive MBA program at the Executive School of Business in Denmark, at Ashridge Business School in the UK, and through Cornell University. She is also a Resource Partner to the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at USC.

Amy Kates is a co-author, with Greg Kesler, of the book Bridging Organization Design and Performance: Five Ways to Activate a Global Operation Model (2015). She and Greg also co-authored the book Leading Organization Design: How to Make Organization Design Decisions to Drive the Results You Want (2010). Amy partnered with Jay Galbraith to write Designing Your Organization: Using the Star Model to Solve Five Critical Design Challenges (2007) and with Jay Galbraith and Diane Downey to write Designing Dynamic Organizations: A Hands-On Guide for Leaders at All Levels (2002). Amy has published numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of organization design and talent management. She is a past editor of the journal People & Strategy.

The organization design approach and tools Amy has developed with Jay Galbraith and Greg Kesler have become the standard internal design methodology used in dozens of major corporations around the world. Her article, “(Re)Designing the HR Organization,” was awarded the 2007 HRPS Walker Prize, and her ideas on emerging models for human resources have been used by leading companies as the basis for the design of their HR functions.

Amy began her career as a planner and Urban Fellow with New York City. She was formerly the principal of Downey Kates Associates. She has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Amy lives in New York City and is a board member of LEAD, an innovative after school program working to close the achievement gap for students in New York City.

Rik Kranenburg (Board Chair)

Rik Kranenburg is an information services executive with a unique leadership track record in the digital and global transformation of educational publishing and financial information.  A 30 year veteran of McGraw-Hill, Rik now applies his organizational leadership and analytical skills in the positioning, sale, and integration of information services companies.  He serves as an Industry Partner at DeSilva + Phillips, an investment bank focused on the media and information industry.  He is also an active investor in, and advisor to, a range of education technology companies.  At McGraw-Hill, he served as the Group President for Higher Education, Professional and International Publishing, as the Executive Vice President for Investment Services at Standard & Poor’s, and as the Executive Managing Director for International Business at S&P Ratings. Rik holds an MPA from Princeton University and a BA from UC Berkeley.  

Radhika Malpani

Radhika Malpani is an Engineering Director at Google, where she was responsible for building Google Image Search, amongst other things. An alumnus of University of California, Berkeley, Radhika has worked at Google since 2000 and before that at leading technology firms like Hewlett Packard and Siemens. In addition to technology, Radhika is very interested in education, especially for girls, and rural development, in particular with respect to income generation and access to clean water. In addition to advising startups, she is on the boards of the India Community Centre, The School Fund, and is a founding member of Progressive Women of Silicon Valley, an organization committed to advancing women's causes.

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Dzingai Mutumbuka previously served as Chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) for nine years. Although he no longer Chairs the ADEA, he still works with them. Prior to his Chairmanship of the ADEA, Dzingai held various senior management positions in the education sector at the World Bank from 1990-2007. He also served as the Minister of Education for nine years in Zimbabwe, after having participated in the country’s freedom struggle and being elected to parliament.

He also served as the Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Commission of UNESCO since Zimbabwe joined UNESCO in 1980. Before Zimbabwe’s independence, Dzingai served as Secretary for Education and Culture in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front from 1975 to 1980, and in that capacity was responsible for the education of all Zimbabweans in refugee camps in Mozambique.

Dzingai sits on a number of boards involved with education, including Friends of FAWE Forum for African Women Educationalists, Results for Development Institute, and UNESCO's International Institute of Education Planning.

He studied at university in both Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom, and holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Sussex.

Spencer Ton

Spencer Ton is Co-Founder and Partner of Vitrum Group. Spencer is the former Executive Director of the Cordes Foundation. In this role he oversaw the foundation's strategy in building out a more safe and secure world through the advancement of the foundation’s philanthropic, impact investing, and field building work around women and girls empowerment and poverty alleviation through social enterprise. Prior to this role, Spencer served as Associate Director of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific, a research and social enterprise hub for the advancement of social entrepreneurship leadership and education. He also co-founded Fashion4Freedom, a social enterprise and design incubator that creates products and processes that lead to ethical and alternative supply chains, which ultimately end environmental and labor exploitation in the fashion industry. Spencer has traveled extensively in development markets working on asset creation programs for small and medium enterprises.  Spencer currently serves on the boards of Design Capital, Educate!, and the Millennium Campus Network.

Board of Directors trip to Uganda, March 2017

Board of Directors trip to Uganda, March 2017



GENE FALK - CEO, Falk Advisors|DGB and Former Co-Founder/CEO, mothers2mothers

DEBORAH FARRINGTON - Founder and General Partner, StarVest Partners

SUE KUNZ - Entrepreneur and CEO, BioVantage

ANTHONY MARX - President, New York Public Library

JOHN MCDERMOTT - Retired Professor, Moravian College

ROBERT NELSON - Author and Consultant, UN’s International Labour Organisation

SCOTT SHERMAN - Executive Director, Transformative Action Institute

JIM SMITH - Hedge Fund Manager

KARTI SUBRAMANIAN - Partner, Vera Solutions

ANN VENEMAN - Former Executive Director, UNICEF


LILLIAN AERO - Founder, Generate for Generations 

ALLEN AYEBARE - Chief Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Centenary Bank 

HERBERT BARYAYEBWA - Director, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development 

JAMES BULENZIBUTO - Founding Member, Elimu Trust; Public Relations Officer, Kyambogo University 

MULINDWA ISMAIL - Acting Director, Basic Education, Ministry of Education 

ERIC KREUTTER - Administrative Director & CFO, Cornerstone 

ARAMANZAN MADANDA - Lecturer & Founding Member, Mt. Masaba High School (Educate! Partner School) 

MARGARET MADANDA - Lecturer, Makerere University 

WILLIAM MATOVU - Country Director, Uganda, Heifer International 

CYNTHIA N. MPANGA - Country Brand and Marketing Manager, Standard Chartered Bank 

PAUL MUGAMBWA - Founder & CEO, Motion Gardeners 

IRENE MUTUMBA - Founder/Executive Director, Private Education Development Network; Ashoka Fellow 

PETER NYEKO - CEO, Kampala Diplomatic School 

EDWARD SSEBUKYU - Acting Commissioner, Private Schools & Institutions, Ministry of Education 

COLLINS TUGUMISIRIZE - Managing Director, Afroeducare 

BEN WAIRA - Associate Governor, East Africa Rotary 

JONAH WALUSIMBI - CEO, East African Institute of Learning; Former Head Teacher, Greenhill Academy (Educate! Partner School) 


JANE MWANGI - Director, KCB Foundation

JASON MOCHACHE - Former Senior Education Officer, African Development Bank

JOYCE KINYANJUI - Director & Head of Research, ziziAfrique