Nicholas Piachaud

Head of Advocacy and Analysis

Nicholas Piachaud

Nicholas is the Head of Advocacy and Analysis at the Varkey Foundation, where he manages engagement with global education leaders and policymakers as well as the foundation’s portfolio of polling and research in over 35 countries. Nicholas also oversees the programming and speakers for the Varkey Foundation’s major advocacy events.

Nicholas is an international advocacy expert with over 10 years’ experience working for international NGOs focused on human rights and education, and has lobbied and spoken at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the OECD, the European Union’s Commission and Parliament, and the UK Parliament. In his previous role at Amnesty International, he frequently appeared in international media from Al Jazeera to BBC World, CNN and Sky News, was quoted in major newspapers including The New York Times, and wrote op-eds for Newsweek and the International Business Times.

Today, Nicholas’s work includes the development and management of the Varkey Foundation’s programme of advocacy for high-level policymakers and philanthropists. This includes managing the Atlantis Group, an international advisory body of 26 former ministers of education and heads of government which is working to address key issues in global education. In his previous role at Amnesty International, he also developed and managed international campaigns that drove tens of thousands of engagements and appeals across the world. He studied at the University of Oxford.