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Senior Leaders

John Gillies, MSc

Senior Advisor, Thought Leadership and Outreach

Areas of expertise

  • Institutional strengthening
  • Policy dialogue and civil society engagement

John Gilles supports the Chief Operating Officer’s work to coordinate and enhance the engagement of FHI 360 staff in addressing compelling issues in development, using approaches based in evidence and research. From 2010 to 2018, he was the organization’s Director of Global Learning, providing technical and management leadership of FHI 360’s international education projects.

Gillies has worked in international development for more than 40 years. For the past 25 years, he has focused on education system reform and human resource development in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. From 2003 to 2009, he led a consortium of 15 universities, nongovernmental organizations and consulting firms to implement the Education Quality Improvement Program 2, the primary education policy research contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His previous positions include working as a Peace Corps volunteer in agriculture in Afghanistan; a project development officer at USAID; a consultant for USAID, nongovernmental organizations, the Tennessee Valley Authority and multilateral banks; and project manager and senior manager at the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

Gillies has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.