Nicholas Burnett is a senior fellow at Results for Development (R4D), a Special Professor of International Education at Nottingham University in the UK, chair of the Board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, a board member of Cap Plus and Americans for UNESCO, and an Advisory Board/Consultative Council member of NORRAG, the Quality Education India Development Impact Bond, the Global Business School Network, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and Educate Brains Trust for Out of School Youth Bootcamps. He has also been a visiting professor at Hiroshima and Kobe universities in Japan and serves on the International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Educational Development. He now focuses on pragmatic and innovative approaches to important but neglected topics in education, including out-of-school children, adult illiteracy, innovative finance, ECD finance, non-state education the provision of global public goods, and the international education architecture.
Previously, as managing director, he founded and ran R4D’s Global Education program (2010-17), and has also served on the staff of the International Commission on Financing Education Opportunity (2016), and been UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education (2007-09), director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (2004-07), head of his own small consulting firm (2001-03), a World Bank staff and manager (1983-2000), and an economic adviser in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1976-77).
He was educated in economics at Oxford (BA), Harvard (Henry Fellow) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (MA, PhD).