The WISE Awards


Mr. Ahlin Byll Cataria

Position: Executive Secretary of Association for the Development of Education in Africa
Country: Togo
Ahlin Byll-Cataria has extensive experience in the identification, elaboration and development of education programmes with bilateral and multilateral development agencies. He is currently the Executive Secretary of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), whose mandate is to act as a catalyst of innovative policies and practices for the qualitative change of education in Africa. He heads the secretariat in Tunis (Tunisia) and oversees nine ADEA’s working groups mostly located in other African countries. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), representing Togo.

Prior to becoming ADEA’s Executive Secretary in August 2008, Ahlin was Senior Advisor for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). From 1979 he worked in the field for 10 years as a trainer of trainers in the Swiss literacy project and as a deputy representative of SDC in Niger. At SDC headquarters in Bern, he worked for 10 years in the West Africa Division, responsible for programme and financial planning, development, management and evaluation in Mali and Niger. Most of his career was spent at SDC, where he also worked for eight years in the education sector, responsible for the elaboration of basic education policies and programme management. From 1995-2003, he worked as a consultant in education, completing mandates in various countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East for UNESCO and various NGOs.