Shea Gopaul

Founder and Executive Director, Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN)


Shea Gopaul is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN), a coalition of companies and organizations addressing the skills mismatch and youth unemployment crisis. GAN has 244 global members and 13 national networks across 4 continents, collectively aiming to create over 20 million opportunities for youth by 2020. With over 20 years of experience in the UN system (ILO, UN, WHO), Ms. Gopaul has authored numerous articles on private sector engagement, youth unemployment and employer driven education. She is recognized as an IZA Fellow, is a member of the G20/B20 Employment and Education Taskforce and an International Gender Champion. Shea holds a Master’s degree in International Education from Columbia University, an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters and undergraduate degree from Point Park University.