Halima Begum

Director, Education, East Asia, British Council

Halima joined the British Council in August 2012 and is Regional Director Education for East Asia.

Halima has 15 years' experience of developing education partnerships in Asia with the World Bank, the European Commission and other bilateral and multilateral donors.

Previously she spent nine years at the British government's Department for International Development (DFID), as a senior education specialist at its headquarters in London, as well as in Bangladesh, China, Nepal and Pakistan. Her time at DFID headquarters was spent designing and promoting the Global Education Partnership, a multilateral fund for strengthening developing countries’ education reforms. She was also responsible for designing three, large-scale DFID research consortium partnerships for the UK’s international education research funding for 2008-2013.

Halima has also worked at the Centre for Civil Society, a think-tank at the London School of Economics, and at an NGO, Action Aid, also in London, where she launched the Global Campaign for Education, a movement working to end the global education crisis.

Halima graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor's degree in Government and History and a master's degree with distinction in International Relations. Later she completed a PhD at the University of London.

Languages: English (native); Bengali, Hindi.