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EdX CEO Appointed to New International Commission on Financing Global Education

We are honored to announce that edX CEO Anant Agarwal has been appointed by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, to the International Commission on Financing Global Education. Anant will join more than twenty world leaders, including five former presidents and prime ministers and three Nobel Prize recipients, to review the future of global education.

Today the Commission meets during the UN General Assembly to start building the economic case to inspire and persuade world leaders to action.

The Commission will explore how, over the next 20 years, education could lead to greater economic growth, better health outcomes, and improved global security.

The group comes together at a crucial time when increased conflict has forced millions of children out of the classrooms to become refugees with no prospects of education.

“I’m humbled to contribute to this group of world leaders and thinkers as we tackle the paramount issue of our time,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and MIT professor. “Now more than ever before, it is critical that we reflect on the current state of global education and work to create a future of expanded access and opportunity for everyone, everywhere, regardless of their social status or geography.”

Read on to learn more about the Commission and its members.