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Governance and transparency

SUMMA’s governance structure is made up of two entities: the Board of Directors and the Educational Policy Advisory Council. Under its guidelines is SUMMA’s Executive Directorate, based in Santiago, Chile.

The Board of Directors is made up of distinguished experts, former ministers of education and academics from ten countries in the region. The Advisory Council for Educational Policies (CAPE) is made up of Ministers, Vice Ministers and/or senior representatives of the Ministries of Education and National Institutes of Educational Evaluation of SUMMA member countries. The CAPE is the body in charge of ensuring the representativeness, impact, relevance, and political legitimacy of SUMMA’s work agenda.


Cristián Cox - President (Chile)

Teacher at the Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre for Comparative Education Policies, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago.

Cristián Cox

President (Chile)

About Cristian Cox

Sociologist from the Universidad Católica de Chile, and Ph.D. from the University of London (1984). Teacher at the Faculty of Education and director of the Centre for Comparative Education Policies, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago.

During the 1990s, he directed the MECE programmes for the Chilean Ministry of Education, and from 1998 to 2006, he constituted and directed the Curriculum and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Education in that country, responsible for the curriculum reform that decade, and the system for measuring the quality of education (SIMCE). He established and directed the Centre for Policy and Practice Studies (CEPPE) of the Universidad Católica (2008-2011) and was Dean of the Faculty of Education at this university (2012-2015).

He has been visiting professor at the Universities of Stanford (USA) and Leiden (Netherlands), consultant for UNESCO, OECD, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank. Between 2010 and 2018 he directed the Technical Secretariat of the UNESCO-OREALC Teaching Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean and currently participates in the Project Advisory Committee, for the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2022, for the IEA.

Emiliana Vegas - Director

Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Emiliana Vegas


About Emiliana Vegas

Emiliana Vegas is a professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Vegas research and practice focus on improving educational opportunities in developing countries.

Before working for HGSE, Vegas was co-director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, between 2019 and 2022. Prior to Brookings, she was chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she oversaw the Bank’s lending operations and technical assistance projects throughout Latin America and Caribbean countries.

Dr. Vegas has spent the last 20 years working in multilateral development institutions where she led research, operations and teams focused on improving education policies and programs in developing countries. She has written extensively on issues affecting education systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other developing regions. Her papers and books cover topics including policies to leverage technology to accelerate learning and skills development, raising teacher effectiveness, school finance policies, and early childhood development policies.

She has a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, a Master's of Public Policy degree from Duke University, and a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.

Nivia Castrellón - Director (Panama)

United for Education Foundation Vice President

Nivia Castrellón

Director (Panama)

About Nivia Castrellón

United for Education Foundation Vice President since 2012 and Co-Chair of the Central American Commission for Educational Reform of PREAL, since 2002. Former member of the Board of Directors at the Panamenean Cultural Institute. She was president for sixteen years of the National Union of Private Educational centres. In addition, she served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Panamenean Government from 2003-2004.

She was Ambassador-at-Large of the Presidential Council for the achievement of the permanent seat of the FTAA from 2001-2004 and President of the National Council of Private Enterprise from 1998-1999.

Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Central American Institute of Business Administration and Master of Law (LLM) from Harvard University. She holds a law and political science degree from the Universidad de Panama, with a subsequent specialization in international trade from the same university.

Enrique Chaux - Director (Colombia)

Teacher, Psychology Department, Universidad de los Andes.
Enrique Chaux

Director (Colombia)

About Enrique Chaux

Full-time teacher- Psychology Teacher, Universidad de los Andes. PhD in Education from Harvard University, master’s in risk and prevention from Harvard and master’s in Neural Systems from Boston University. He is also a physicist and industrial Engineer from the Universidad de los Andes.

He was the coordinator of the team that built the Citizenship Competency Standards for Colombia. He has led several investigations related to aggression, bullying, cyberbullying, conflicts, school violence, citizenship competencies, education for coexistence and education for peace. He led the design and evaluation of the Aulas en Paz programme for the prevention of school aggression and promotion of coexistence. He has advised on the design of public policies on school coexistence, citizenship skills and peace education.

Santiago Cueto - Director (Peru)

Degree in Educational Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Santiago Cueto

Director (Perú)

About Santiago Cueto

Santiago Cueto has a degree in Educational Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Indiana University, USA.

He has been a visiting researcher at the University of California at Davis and at the University of Oxford. He is currently Executive Director and Main Researcher for GRADE, where he is the Peruvian representative of the international study Niños del Milenio. In addition, he is a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He was a member of the Peruvian National Education Council, of the Mexican Technical Council of the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education (INEE), President of the Peruvian Society for Educational Research (SIEP) and Member of the UNESCO Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report).

He has been a consultant to international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Monserrat Creamer Guillén - Director (Ecuador)

PhD in Education and former Ecuadorian Minister of Education.
Monserrat Creamer Guillén

Director (Ecuador)

About Monserrat Creamer Guillén

Monserrat Creamer Guillén, was Minister of Education from June 2019 to May 2021, a period during which she represented the country in regional and global forums organized by Unesco, Unicef, Microsoft, Harvard Graduate School of Education, IIPE, World Bank, IDB, Brookings Institution, OECD, Reduca, among others; in order to ensure continuity of learning during the pandemic and share educational transformations.

She holds a PhD in Education from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a master’s degree in Teaching and Educommunication from Alabama University (USA) and the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana respectively, a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from PUCE (Ecuador) and a Diploma in Formation of Learning Communities, from the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile) – Universidad de Barcelona (Spain).

Monserrat has a long professional career in the field of education and teaching. She was Education Director at Grupo FARO, where she implemented the Learning Communities programme, endorsed by CREA -Research centre at the Universidad de Barcelona (2017-2019). She was Academic Excellence Director at the Universidad de las Américas-UDLA and advisor to CES for the redesign of university degrees according to the 2011 Academic Regulations (2014-2016); Education Coordinator at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (2002-2010) and university teacher in undergraduate and graduate programmes in Education and Communication.

She has authored texts and has been a Reading Writing Critical Thinking (RWCT) accredited trainer on Developing Critical Thinking in the classroom and other education articles. She has experience in educational project management and public policy analysis. She was Undersecretary of Educational Professional Development, and Educational Foundations and advisor to the Ministry of Education for the project to create the UNAE-National University of Education (2010-2013).

She also has experience in coordinating academic areas and teaching language, literature, philosophy, and social studies at the Colegio Menor (1996-2002).

In the field of communication, she studied at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello. UCAB- Vzla and worked as Coordinator of the Press Unit of the National Art Gallery-GAN in Caracas-Vzla (1978-79). Later in Ecuador she worked as a news reporter with Diego Oquendo and Polo Barriga. She developed national TV coverage of the Monseñor Leonidas Proaño Literacy Campaign (1981-89).

Javier González - Director and Secretary (Chile)

SUMMA director and affiliate professor at Cambridge University.
Javier González

Director and Secretary (Chile)

About Javier Gonzalez

Economist specialized in education, inequality, social mobility, innovation, and social development. He is SUMMA director and affiliated professor at the Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge University, where he teaches Institutional Economics and Political Economy of Development. He is also a researcher at the Millennium Science Nucleus in Social Sciences "Higher Education in Chile", hosted by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and funded by the Chilean Ministry of Economy.

He is a member of the Think 20 research groups associated with the G20, a member of the UNESCO Advisory Board for the Global Education Monitoring Report and Co-Editor of the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (2020) for Latin America focused on Inclusion.

He has been a consultant for UNESCO, the World Bank and the IDB, advisor on Education and Innovation Policies for the Ministry of Finance of Chile, executive secretary of the Council of Ministers for the Formation of Advanced Human Capital, Director of Studies for the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, and researcher for the Chilean Ministry of Education.

He was also appointed member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Chile, president of the Cambridge Society for Social and Economic Development, delegate of the Working Group on Innovation Policy of the OECD, associate researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and academic at the Instituto de Economía, Universidad Católica de Chile.

He holds a PhD and MPhil in Economic and Social Development from Cambridge University, and a BA and MA in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Sylvia Schmelkes - Director (Mexico)

Academic Vice Chancellor at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Sylvia Schmelkes

Director (México)

About Sylvia Schmelkes

Academic Vice Rector at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. She is a sociologist and educational researcher with a master's degree in Educational Research and Development from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She is known for her work in intercultural education and for her book "Towards better quality of our schools".

She has conducted exploratory studies on good practices in support programmes for indigenous people in higher education. She has published more than 150 works, including books and articles, on the topics of the quality of education, adult education, values formation, and intercultural education.

She worked as a professor-researcher at the Department of Educational Research at the National Polytechnic Institute. She has been a consultant for UNESCO, UNICEF, and the OECD. She served as director of the Research Institute for the Development of Education (INIDE) at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Schmelkes' work has been published in five languages by institutions such as the Ministry of Education, UNESCO, and the Organization of American States.

In May 2013, she was appointed president of the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education (INEE), undertaking such position for four years. She founded and was General Coordinator of Intercultural and Bilingual Education at the Ministry of Public Education (2001-2007). She served as president of the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (2002-2004). She received the Joan Amos Comenius Medal, awarded by the Czech Republic and UNESCO, in 2008.

Education Policy Advisory Council

It is made up of ministers, vice-ministers, and senior representatives of ten ministries of education in the region.

Transparent financing

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through the Regional Public Goods Initiative, financed a significant part of the budget for the first four years of SUMMA’S work.

Complementarily, since 2018, SUMMA has financed its operation through strategic alliances with ministries, NGOs, donor governments, international agencies, among others, for the implementation of national and regional projects. By doing this, SUMMA has managed to consolidate a transparent financing model that allows it to guarantee its financial sustainability and autonomy, to adequately fulfil its mission.

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