About us

The Varkey Foundation believes every child deserves a vibrant, stimulating learning environment that awakens and supports their full potential.

We believe nothing is more important to achieving this than the passion and quality of teachers. We support global teaching capacity and seed excellence and innovation in the next generation of educators. We also founded the Global Teacher Prize to shine a spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world.

Sunny Varkey, through his experience of building GEMS Education, a pre-eminent organization that owns and operates high performing schools, mainly in the Middle East, decided on the 50th anniversary of GEMS to set up a not-for-profit organization that focuses on leveraging what he and his family have learnt over so many years to benefit humanity. Unsurprisingly, they chose ‘education’ as the focus area for the Foundation.

Of course, the best way to expand our reach and improve the standard of global education is often through advocacy for policy change. That’s why the Varkey Foundation serves on the board of the following global panels:

  • Girls & Female Education panel of UNESCO
  • The Teachers Task Force for UNESCO
  • The Global Alliance of Corporate Partners for Education for UNESCO
  • STIR Education Global Advisory Board
  • The Strategic Advisory Board for the Tony Blair Foundation
  • Board of Trustees of Pratham

Our Team

Our people are our biggest asset. They include passionate employees, school representatives and volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

See Our Team


Vikas Pota

Our Governance

Our diverse team is led by our chief executive Vikas Pota. The team is responsible for the implementation of the strategy set by the Trustees & Advisory Board.

See: Our Governance

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