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COVID-19 top of agenda at online Board meeting Board Meeting April 2020 Board and Executive Committee members during the spring 2020 online Board meeting: top, l to r - Obiora Ike, Christoph Stückelberger, Lucy Howe López, middle, l to r - Divya Singh, Rudolf von Sinner, Asha Kanwar, and bottom, l to r - Amélé Ekué, Pavan Duggal, Walter Linsi, Rita Astfalck

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the higher education sector and on the work of was high on the agenda at the first meeting of the year of the Board of Foundation on 24 and 25 April 2020. It was the first full meeting to take place by video call with Board members in Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Switzerland invited. Board member Asha Kanwar, in her opening reflection on the second day of the Board meeting spoke of the approach and initiatives being taken by her organisation, the Commonwealth of Learning, in response to the pandemic.  

New Board member Rita Astfalck, General Manager of the U.W. Linsi Foundation and long-time supporter of, was elected during the meeting. A fond and grateful farewell was bid to outgoing Board member Walter Linsi who has served on the Board since 2016 as well as supporting since before it was even born. As Board President and Founder Christoph Stückelberger stated in his eulogy," You (Walter Linsi) really are a co-founder of! … As a co-founder, you are and remain a parent of".

Other items on the agenda during the spring Board meeting were consideration of the Annual Report 2019 and the 2019 audited financial statements and organisational and departmental progress reports in the framework of the Annual Work Programme 2020.

The next meeting of the Board is set to take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 15 and 16 October 2020, travel restrictions permitting.