Atlantis Group

Bringing together the skills and experiences of former ministers of education and former heads of government across the world

Briefings


Public Statements


  • Reflections

     


  • Meetings

    2017
    • Dubai, UAE
    • Surrey, United Kingdom
    2018
    • Dubai, UAE
    • Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina
    2019
    • Dubai, UAE
    • Bucharest, Romania

About the Atlantis Group

The Atlantis Group is an exclusive international advisory group whose members are former ministers of education and heads of State.

To succeed in the future, we first need to learn the lessons of the past. That’s why the Varkey Foundation created the Atlantis Group, an invitation-only body which brings together former ministers of education and heads of government from  countries and regions around the world.

Members of the Atlantis Group have decades of experience in running and reforming public education systems and have grappled with some of the biggest issues in education at the highest levels of State.

Today, as part of the Atlantis Group, their mission is to address the challenges in global education – and to inform a new generation of leaders and policy-makers.

  • Rosalía Arteaga

    President and Vice-President of Ecuador [1996-1998]

    Esteban Bullrich

    Minister of Education and Sports of Argentina [2015-2017] and Minister of Education of Buenos Aires [2010-2015]

    David Coltart

    Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture of Zimbabwe [2009-2013]

    Claudia Costin

    Secretary of Education for Rio de Janeiro [2009-2014]

    Nuno Crato

    Minister of Education and Science of Portugal [2011-2015]

    Jorge Ferrão

    Minister of Education and Human Development of Mozambique [2015-2016]

    Luis Garcia de Brigard

    Deputy Minister of Education of Colombia [2014-2015]

    Stefania Giannini

    Minister of Education, Universities and Research of Italy [2014-2016]

    Justine  Greening

    Secretary of State for Education of the UK [2016-2018]

    Zlatko Lagumdžija

    Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina [2001-2002]

    Ju-Ho Lee

    Minister of Education, Science and Technology of South Korea [2010-2013]

    Brother Armin Luistro

    Minister of Education, Science and Technology of the Philippines [2010-2016]

    Silas Lwakabamba

    Minister of Education of Rwanda [2014-2015]

  • Bálint Magyar

    Minister of Education of Hungary [1996-1998; 2002-2006]

    Steve Maharey

    Minister of Education of New Zealand [2005-2007]

    George Papandreou

    Prime Minister of Greece [2009-2011]; Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece [1994-1996]

    Hekia Parata

    Minister of Education of New Zealand [2011-2017]

    Remus Pricopie

    Minister of Education and Research of Romania [2012-2014] and State Secretary of Higher Education and Research of Romania [2007-2008]

    Jo Ritzen

    Minister of Education and Science and of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands [1989-1998]

    Jaime Saavedra

    Minister of Education of Peru [2013-2016]

    Sabri Saidam

    Minister of Education and Higher Education of Palestine [2015-2019]

    Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

    Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research of France [2014-2017]

    Androulla Vassiliou

    European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth [2010-2014]

    Josefina Vazquez Mota

    Secretary of Public Education of Mexico [2006-2009]

    Srdjan Verbić

    Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia [2014-2016]

    George Werner

    Minister of Education of Liberia [2015-2018]