Dr Derek Elias

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Derek Elias is a senior education and culture sector development leader with more than two decades of international experience in the fields
of education planning and programme management, post conflict and post disaster response, sustainable development, cultural heritage protection, indigenous land tenure and negotiations with resource extraction companies. He has worked in over 30 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific in both technical and management capacities. Most recently Derek has been a senior team member in United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Derek’s work at UNESCO involved; diplomatic-level representation to Ministers, Embassies and development partners at the international level to advocate for and support education exchange, innovation and reform; the development of programmes and initiate changes in strategic direction in demanding, often hostile operational environments and within high-pressure political situations.; and office and programme management, human resources, systems assets, finance and administration including security and military liaison and establishing, recruiting, guiding, coaching and mentoring individuals and dedicated teams.