Bureau GELF

GELF Bureau

The GELF Bureau is responsible for the execution of the GELF Work Program, described in the in the GELF Blueprint.  It 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.

Feel free to contact us via email: info@gelf.org, or call us on +31202443997, or mail our director, Marco Matthijsen at director@gelf.org

Postal address:

GELF Foundation. P.O. Box 12807; 1100 AV Amsterdam; The Netherlands

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: director@gelf.org

Work experience: Consultant in legal and other matters (ongoing); (board)member EduXprss Cooperation in education development; 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

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.




Victoria Nakaddu (Uganda) : a energetic project assistent with a wide variety of expertises

Contact details: v.nakaddu@gelf.org

Work experience : Researcher and Statistical Analyst, Data entrant at BRAC Uganda, Research and Evaluation Unit; Committee Assistant at Pan African Parliament, Midrand South Africa; Project assistant, statistics unit, planning division  Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD);

Education : Masters in Merchant Banking and Financial Services International University Missouri, USA;  Bachelors of Business administration & Major in Human Resource Management, Punjab Technical University Bhopal, India;  Diploma in Computer Applications, Pioneer Computer School, Bhopal, India;


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

Contact details: l.hao@gelf.org

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;





Soumyaa Verma (India) : an ambitious and driven legal professional to contribute to education rights improvement 

Contact details: s.verma@gelf.org

Work Experience : Nanavati & Nanavati Associates – Gujarat High Court, Bharucha & Co Mumbai, Advocate Jaideep Verma – Vadodara,

Education : Public International Law Utrecht University; Bachelors in Law with Honors in Political Science, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Justice Course Harvard University Online Course; Won various best debator and and adjudicator student awards;



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;