The international Board

The International Board (IB), elected by the Congress, plays the role of an international Board of Directors. It sees to the implementation of the global orientations determined by the Congress. Composed of 9 members, the International Board elects its Bureau from among its members: president, treasurer and secretary, all three with the responsibility of managing the IB’s day-to-day work.

In November 2015, Ms. Yasmin ABDEEN, currently President of the Association’s South-East Asia and China region, was elected President of Aide et Action International during the Organization’s 3rd International Congress held recently near Paris, France.

  • Yasmin ABDEEN,

    Yasmin Abdeen is the co-founder and managing director of Adder Corp; a training consultancy firm based in Singapore. She has broad experience in the private and public education sectors and has held senior roles in business and community service. Yasmin is also an adjunct-faculty member at several institutions of higher learning; including the Northeastern University in Boston, USA & Northumbria University, UK. She also serves as an academic advisor to many leading private institutions of higher learning and is a strong advocator for educational opportunities for all. She joined the International Board as a member in October 23, 2013 elected by the Congress. Then she becomes President in October 2015.

  • Yves TAPIERO,

    Deeply convinced that education is a vector of development, Yves Tapiero is committed since 2011 with Aide et Action Switzerland chairing its Committee. During these four years, he becomes both actor and witness, in Switzerland and in international level of the pooling of efforts of Aide et Action to make education more accessible to those who are deprived. According to him, Education is one of the most powerful resources to that from a young age, the human being is guided and thus becomes master of his future by freely choosing his way. Because Education is the responsibility of everyone, he decided in 2015 to commit himself more actively at Aide et Action International by making available its organizational skills in international professional circles and its expertise in the area of financial management but also of communication. He joined the International Board as its Treasurer in October 2015.

  • Jeannine AGOUNKÉ,

    A philosopher and sociologist by training, Ms. Jeannine Agounké has extensive experience in education. Her career as an advisor to the Minister of Education and as a research scholar at the Demographic Research Unit in Lomé, Togo, along with her life as an activist in several organisations and movements have given her a broad view of the real development issues, their challenges and possible solutions for the betterment of humanity. She joined the International Board as a member in October 2013 and became its Secretary in October 2015.

  • Abdeljalil AKKARI,

    Abdeljalil Akkari is professor in "International and comparative dimensions of education" at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He previously taught at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the University of Maryland (USA). It was also the Dean of Research of the High Pedagogical School Bern-Jura-Neuchâtel (Switzerland). His main research interests intercultural education, the analysis of educational inequalities, teacher training and internationalization of education policy. Abdeljalil Akkari regularly collaborates with many international institutions and organizations (SDC, EU, UNESCO, Council of Europe, World Bank). He regularly conducts cooperation missions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He currently leads two research projects on education for early childhood and teacher training in the South. He joined the International Board as a member in October 2015.

  • Jacky LUMARQUE,

    Jacky Lumarque started his career as a teacher in Haiti. Since 2006, he is the Rector of the University Quisqueya in Port-au-Prince, a non-profit university established in 1990 through a partnership between the Haitian business community and a group of university professors. He is also Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Education.
    From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Lumarque worked as an independent consultant and has conducted a large number of mandates in Africa and Haiti for the World Bank and research institutions. In October 2011, he joined the International Board of Aide et Action International as member.


    Mr. Teeka Ram Bhattarai has worked as a freelance consultant on the subject of "livelihood education and social justice" for 13 years in Nepal. For the last almost 20 years, he has provided his support and developed projects in the sector of development through education. His professional experience includes a number of field projects, in particular with indigenous minorities and oppressed groups.
    He joined the International Board of Aide et Action International as member in October 2011.

  • Rukmini RAO,

    Since 1976, Ms. Rukmini Rao has been campaigning for women’s rights, especially through the struggle for access to quality education in India, the country from which she comes. She is involved in several organisations and is currently the chairperson of a resource centre for women. Her field experience has kept her in close touch with rural populations and her work as a consultant for the government has been strengthened by rights-based awareness campaigns conducted internationally. She joined the International Board as a member in October 2011.


    Anoma Dissanayaka is an attorney-at-law hailing from Sri Lanka. During the span of four-decades in the legal field, she has specialised primarily in civil law, and also served as an acting judge. She has been a managing partner of an esteemed law firm since 1980. As an active participant of several associations and movements, she has authored many books and articles pertaining to advocacy for education and children's rights. Anoma notably served as the Chairperson of Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority from 2010 to 2015. She was co-opted into joining the International Board of Aide et Action International in October 2016.