Victoria Egbetayo is Regional Partnership Lead (Africa and Asia Pacific) at the Global Partnership for Education, and its chief representative to the African Union (AU). Victoria leads GPE’s partnership work with multilateral development banks, regional organizations, other strategic actors as well as outreach and support to civil society in the Africa and Asia Pacific regions to ensure strong support for education transformation in GPE partner countries, furthering of policy priorities and mobilization of more resources for education and GPE. As a seasoned development professional, Victoria has worked at the national, regional and international levels, focused primarily on development finance and strategic partnerships (in economic integration and trade, education financing, and private sector investment).
Prior to GPE, Victoria started her career as an urban planner, and worked in the field of environmental management for gender equality, community development, and livelihoods - all areas that help countries grow their economies, create jobs, and achieve progress in sustainable development. Previous roles include working with the African Union as Policy Advisor and Officer - Economic Integration, Regional Cooperation and Partnerships. Victoria has also worked with the Commonwealth Foundation, and led joint projects and partnerships with the UNDP, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, AfDB, EU-Africa Partnership and the G7. Victoria holds a BSc in Anthropology and MSc (with distinction) in Development Planning and Administration from the University College London (UCL).