Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly

Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly

Co-founder and executive director
International Parliamentary Network for Education

Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly is the executive director of the International Parliamentary Network for Education (IPNEd) which is hosted by Results UK. 

Prior to establishing IPNEd he worked for over a decade at Save the Children leading the design and delivery of education programming and advocacy. 

In 2010 he was elected by northern civil society to the newly constituted Global Partnership for Education board and from 2014 to 2017 was the inaugural chair of GPE’s Strategy and Policy Committee.

He was a member of the design team for Education Cannot Wait the new global fund for education in emergencies and served on its Executive Committee. 
In 2018 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for International Development to the UK National Commission for UNESCO where as a Non-Executive Director he supports the UK’s engagement with UNESCO on global education.

He is currently the Chair of the Global Book Alliance a multi-stakeholder initiative working to transform book development, procurement and distribution to ensure that no child is without books.


A student chooses a book from a cabinet at the Groupe Scolair Ruhanga school in Burera District of Rwanda.
15 October 2020
Next year’s Global Partnership for Education replenishment summit, co-hosted by the UK, will be a crucial test of the international community’s commitment to education in a post-pandemic world.
Children at Thep Mission School in Jonglei state, South Sudan benefit from DFID’s Education for All Programme
21 November 2017
A new report from the International Development Committee sets out a plan for how the UK could help close the education funding gap, increase access to education and improve quality.
7 September 2016
This International Literacy Day, Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly, Head of Education Policy and Advocacy outlines how we can get more children around the world reading.
Displaced children in DRC listen to their teacher
20 May 2016
Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, Joseph highlights the opportunity to address education in crises.