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About EAA

Opening up a world of education

Children love to learn. If they are denied access to knowledge, we also deny them the opportunity to change their lives for the better.


Leonardo de Castro Pinheiro

Executive Director, Strategy, Policy and Research

With over 20 years of experience in international policy and development, Leonardo de Castro Pinheiro is a seasoned professional with a proven track record of success. Having worked in Latin America and the Middle East, Leonardo brings a wealth of experience and expertise. As a former Director of Policy and Research for the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Leonardo has honed his skills in managing research and development projects and leading strategic planning. He is highly skilled in advising on research and thought leadership activities, having led the development of the Education Above All Foundation's Theory of Change and strategy. Leonardo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy Analysis from The University of Sheffield and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Brasília. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.


"Humanity will not overcome the immense challenges we face unless we ensure that children get the quality education that equips them to play their part in the modern world." -- HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser


14.5 million

enrolment commitments for OOSC




retention rate


Teachers trained


schools and classrooms