Graham Lang

Chief of Education, Education Cannot Wait

Graham Lang is the Chief of Education at Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crisis established at the World Humanitarian Summit.  An expert in education planning and management in both development and humanitarian contexts, he has over 25 years of experience in the field with UNICEF and international NGOs serving in various countries in Asia and Africa, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Angola, Madagascar, Burundi and Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has led education responses in several crises, such repeated natural disasters in Madagascar and support to the education of Burundian refugees Rwanda and Tanzania. He also served as an adviser to UNICEF on the education response to the massive influx of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in 2017.  Under his current function with Education Cannot Wait, Mr. Lang oversees the quality of the education programmes supported by the fund’s investments and is responsible for the First Emergency Response and Multi-Year Resilience windows. A lifelong advocate on education and an experienced practitioner, Mr. Lang also manages the Fund’s Acceleration Facility that supports innovations and global public goods for the EiE sector.  He holds a degree from the University of East Anglia, a Masters in Knowledge Based Systems from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Development Studies in Norwich, UK.