Composed of cause-driven experts, passionate about removing gender inequality barriers, our goal is to ensure access to quality education for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations, especially girls and women. 



Charles-Emmanuel Ballanger,


Passionate about education, solidarity and development, Charles-Emmanuel has a breadth of experience across the nonprofit and private sectors. He spent 24 years working with “Maisons Familiales Rurales”, a network of volunteer youth and adult training centres in France. In 2013, Charles-Emmanuel joined Action Education as Director of Action Education France-Europe and in 2019 was appointed International Chief Executive Officer, to transform the organisation and build Action Education’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and to focus on issues he deeply cares about – education, solidarity and development.


Arina Bzhinaev


A graduate of the School of International Relations of Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia) and the European Studies Institute of the Paris-VIII University, and fluent in four languages, Arina worked in various diplomatic and public institutions. After several years in the private sector, and time spent working on renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, Arina joined Action Education in 2019 to take up the position of International Philanthropy Manager and lead the global campaign “Education For Women Now” .

Maarten De Winters


A graduate in Business Economics at the Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève, Maarten joined Action Education as Resource Development Manager after 12 years in marketing projects management and private sector fundraising.

Stefano Maggi


Stefano holds a BA in Modern and Contemporary History from Queen Mary University of London and an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva. After working for several different actors in the philanthropic sector in Geneva, notably for SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, Stefano joined Action Education in 2016 as a Fundraising and Partnerships Officer.

Kitty Ng

Hong Kong

Kitty is an experienced Operations Manager with a solid track record in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a specialisation in Marketing from the University of South Australia. Prior to joining Action Education, Kitty worked as Customer Relationship Manager for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Hong Kong for eight years and held the role of Administrative and Operations Manager for Appco Group Asia, overseeing the daily operations of all charity campaigns and commercial products.

Berei Tcha


Berei holds a Doctorate in Sociology and has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of education and vocational training. He is also the author of several publications and scientific articles. His previous experience includes working as a Community Development Animator and Country Director in Niger. Currently, he serves as a Territory Coordinator for Benin, Ivory Coast, and Togo. He previously was a lecturer in Sociology of Education at the University of Lomé. He brings his skills in strategic planning, gender justice, women’s rights and girls’ education, conflict, crisis and emergency intervention.

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Founded in 1981, Action Education is the leading French-based international NGO in ensuring access to quality education for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in Africa, in Asia, and in Europe.

Contact: efwn@action-education.org