Andrew Cunningham



Andrew (Andy) Cunningham is the Global Education Advisor with the Aga Khan Foundation based at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Andy co-leads AKF’s global education portfolio, working in partnership with governments, school faculties, parents and communities to develop affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public school systems for marginalized children across 16 countries in Eastern and Western Africa, Central and Southern Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He oversees AKF’s global school improvement program for children in primary and secondary education alongside identifying meaningful uses of ICT for improving student learning, professional learning and systems learning.

Before joining AKF, Andy worked for UNICEF Kenya, the World Bank, World Learning, and the Education Above All Foundation, among others. In 2006, he co-founded the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research ( in Muhuru Bay, Kenya as the first girls secondary boarding school in the region offering full-scholarships to all girls, living out of a mud hut as its Executive Director during its first two years. WISER as emerged as one of Kenya's top-performing girls' secondary schools in the country, especially in STEM and global health. Cunningham graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a double major in International Comparative Studies and Chinese and received a Masters in Comparative International Education at Oxford University with distinction. He will soon finish his PhD at Oxford University, understanding local realities of effective school leadership strategies through mobile and cloud-based technologies in Kenya. He is recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, Robertson Scholarship, Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award, Oxford University’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Social Impact and Duke’s President’s Young Alumni for global leadership.


Andrew (Andy) Cunningham est le conseiller en éducation mondiale pour la Fondation Aga Khan et il travaille à son siège principal à Genève en Suisse. Andy codirige le portfolio de l’éducation mondiale de la Fondation Aga Khan pour développer des solutions abordables et innovantes qui augmentent la qualité et l’accessibilité des systèmes d’éducation publics pour les enfants marginalisés dans 16 pays en Afrique de l’Est et de l’Ouest, en Asie du Sud et Centrale, au Moyen-Orient et en Europe. De plus, il pilote le programme pour l’amélioration des écoles au niveau mondial pour les enfants qui suivent une éducation primaire et secondaire tout en identifiant des usages des TICs qui pourraient améliorer l’apprentissage des étudiants.  Cunningham a gradué au niveau summa cum laude de l’Université Duke où il a complété une double majeure en Études Internationales Comparatives et en Chinois. Il a complété une maitrise en Éducation Internationale Comparative à l’Université Oxford avec distinction. Il terminera bientôt son PhD à l’Université d’Oxford où il se concentre sur la compréhension de la réalité locale des stratégies de leadership étudiant à travers des technologies mobiles et de nuages au Kenya.