Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015


DESMOND BERMINGHAM – Head of  Fast Track Initiative (FTI) Secretariat

Desmond Bermingham has worked in the education sector as a teacher, teacher trainer, education manager and senior education adviser in the UK and internationally for over 20 years.  He took his position as Head of the FTI Secretariat in June 2006. 

Prior to taking over as the Head of the FTI, Bermingham was Head of Profession for the education team in the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and was a key player during the U.K.'s G8 presidency in 2005 and worked closely with the UK Treasury team in preparing Gordon Brown’s announcement in 2006 of $10 billion commitment to education over the next 10 years. 

Desmond Bermingham has a degree in English language and literature from St Johns College, Oxford, as well as masters degrees in education and development management.  He has worked as a senior education adviser for DFID in Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Guyana and has a particular interest in increasing the effective use of aid in the education as well as special responses to support education in fragile states and conflict affected countries.