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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

Leonardo Pinheiro is the Executive Director of Strategy, Policy and Research at Education Above All Foundation (EAA). Prior to his experience in EAA, Leonardo was the Director of Policy and Research at the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser where he was responsible for developing and leading policy and research activities that supported Her Highness Sheikha Moza in her numerous capacities.

Before moving to Qatar in 2007, Leonardo has worked as a policy analyst for the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) and as a researcher for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office in Brasilia, Brazil where he was managing large scale social research projects on youth and education with a concentration on school violence studies.

Leonardo has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of Sheffield, UK and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. Leonardo is a co-author of Youth, Youths: What Unity Them, What Separate Them (UNESCO, 2006), Public Policies For/To/With Youth (UNESCO, 2005) and Youth, Violence and Social Vulnerability and Latin America: Challenge to Public Policies. (IDB, 2004) and was a lead researcher in the UNESCO/UBO Violence in School series (2000-2002).


"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


12.8 million

enrolment commitments for OOSC




retention rate


Teachers trained


schools and classrooms