The MESH International Council has members from across the UNESCO regions, invited because of their specialist knowledge and understanding of the potential of the MESH initiative. Appointment to the Council is for three years with the possibility of extension. The role is an honorary role.

Council members are asked to

  • brief the MESH International Council on matters relating to MESH in their country and promote and explain MESH through their role on national and international bodies
  • receive and comment on the draft Annual Report and AGM papers
  • receive periodic newsletters
  • support the MESH Executive Board in identifying leading researchers, research knowledge and research units in their country.
  • support the MESH Executive Board in identifying and securing funding to ensure the initiative’s long term.
Under development is the MESH in- country leader role which is a formal contracted appointment. Details to follow in due course.


Region – Africa

Country Name Job Title Organisation
Cameroon Sir Michael N Nkwenti Senior Lecturer/Lead Inspector of Pedagogy for ICT Higher Teacher Training College/Ministry of Basic Education
Nigeria Dr Bisi Akin-Alabi Director/ Co-Founder Partners in Education (PIE Initiatives)
Somalia Mr Mohamed Mukhtar Sheikh Mohamud  Chairman Development Line
South Africa Professor Irma Eloff Chair Global Network of Deans of Education
South Africa Professor Ruksana Osman Deputy Vice Chancellor and UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education University of the Witwatersrand
Uganda Martha Rose Lunyolo Muhwezi Executive Director Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)


Region – Asia and the Pacific

Country Name Job Title Organisation
Australia Larissa McLean Davies Associate Professor University of Melbourne
Bhutan Dr Kezang Sherab Assistant Professor Royal University of Bhutan
Malaysia Dr Ling Siew Eng Associate Professor Universiti Teknologi MARA
New Zealand Beverley Cooper Outgoing Chair Teacher Education Forum Aotearoa New Zealand
Pakistan Dr. Khalid Khan Director General Directorate of Science & Technology (ST&IT) Department, Govt. of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Region – Arab States

Country Name Job Title Organisation
Saudi Arabia Dr. Saleh Alrasheedi Assistant Professor, Vice dean of Education College Majmmah University


Region – Europe and North America

Country Name Job Title Organisation
UK Michael Blamires Director Research Initiatives for Participation & Progress within Learning Environments (RIPPLE)
UK Professor Marilyn Leask co-chair MESHGuides and visiting Professor of Education Universities of Winchester and De Montfort, UK
UK Professor Linda la Velle Professor of Education; Professor Emeritus Bath Spa University, University of Plymouth
DMba resized UK/Nigeria Professor David Mba Pro Vice Chancellor/Dean De Montfort University
UK Dr Sarah Younie Professor of Education Innovation De Montfort University
Professor Michael Takafor Ndemanu Associate Professor of Multicultural Education and Social Foundations in Education Ball State University

Region – Latin America and the Caribbean

Country Name Job Title Organisation
Ecuador/USA Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D. Professor and Researcher Harvard University Extension School; FLACSO Ecuador
Jamaica Dr. Carol Hordatt Gentles Senior Lecturer University of the West Indies