Bureau GELF

GELF Bureau

The GELF Bureau performs the functions of Secretariat of the Global Education Law Forum and to secure the internal governance for education within GELF. Its aim is to establish regional offices of GELF in all continents. The Bureau prepares and executes the programme of work and the budget of the organisation under the responsibility of the Executive Board. The Secretary of the Board and the Director adjust weekly.

Bureau director

Marco MatthijsenMarco Matthijsen (Netherlands) : a projectleader with experience in organisation development and innovation, with a broad expertise in education policy and its reality in practice 

Contact details: m.matthijsen@gelf.org – Cell +31628766003

Work experience: Board member EduXprss Cooperation in education development (ongoing); senior adviser Dutch Association of Independent Schools (VBS); editor European Education Policy Newsletter ECNAIS; SME consultant & support & legal adviser for Dutch Agency for broad primary schools; Engaged with the European Education Law & Policy Association (ELA) since 2004.

Education: State & International Law, Master in Law University of Amsterdam, Cultural Anthropology, Bachelor of Science University of Amsterdam;

Bureau members

Vanyaa SaxenaVanyaa Saxena (India) : a sharp analyser and driven ngo developer for human progress.

Contact detailsv.saxena@gelf.org – Cell +31207173631

Work experience: program officer WWF India, Assistant professor at Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur;

Education: Masters in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, Utrecht University (ongoing); formerly BA – MA University of Delhi, Delhi(Political Science), best Adjudicator NUJS Debating Festival 2013, Kolkata.


Manjola XhaxhoManjola Xhaxho (Albania) : a judge with a keen eye for development of law and society

Contact detailsm.xhaxho@gelf.org – Cell +31666102070

Work experience: Judge at the District Court of Tirana (2002 – ongoing); Legal Adviser at the Supreme Court of Albania (2014-2017); Expert of human rights law, family law, criminal Law at the Magistrates School of Albania   (2008- 2017)

Education: Master Program of International and European Law (European Law Track-LLM)  – Faculty of Law, Amsterdam University (currently); Master Program of International Human Rights Law (LLM) – Faculty of Law – Lund University in collaboration with Raoul Wallenberg Institute;


Leo LiuHao Liu (China) : a joyful creative scholar with a wide network and great care in his work

Contact details: l.hao@gelf.org – Cell +31626474922  or +8618316974581

Work experience: Assistant Lawyer at Guangdong Jinteng Law Firm; Sales Marketing Intern at Chongqing Travelling With Hotel.

Education: Public International Law at University of Amsterdam (ongoing); Law and International Economics and Trade at Guangdong University of Finance & Economics;


Bureau contact persons pro world region:

Dr. Ruhi Paul for Asia (National Law University, Delhi);

Dr. Balász Gerencsér for Europe (Ereky Public Law Center, Budapest);

Dr. Mariette Reyneke, for Africa, (Vice-President of the South African Association of Education Law, Bloemfontein);

Danilo Rossi (LL.M.) for Latin America (Sau Paulo University, Sao Paulo);

Dr. Cara Stillings Candal for North America (National Academy for Advanced Teachers, Boston);

Dr. Maria Smirnova  for Russia (Higher School of Economics, Moscow);

Mohamed Walid (LLM, MSc) for the Middle East, Pacific Community-SPC UN, Geneva;