WHAT IS UNGEI
Head of UNGEI Secretariat
Nora Fyles is the Head of the Secretariat for the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). UNGEI is a multi-stakeholder partnership committed to improving the quality and availability of girls’ education and contributing to the empowerment of girls and women through education. The UNGEI Secretariat is hosted by UNICEF in New York City.
Before joining UNGEI, Ms. Fyles headed the Education Policy team for the Canadian International Development Agency from 2006 to 2012, and also served as the Senior Education Specialist for CIDA’s Asia Program from 2003. Prior to her time at CIDA, Ms. Fyles worked for a multilateral organizations, NGOs, educational institutions and government ministries with a focus on education and gender issues, including extended residential assignments in Vietnam, Belize, Bangladesh and Indonesia. In Canada, Ms. Fyles worked a Senior Policy Analyst for the Status of Women Canada, taught children and adults, and managed community-based literacy programs. Ms. Fyles holds an MA 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, University of Toronto.