EDC Vice President Kent Noel serves as director of EDC’s East and Southern Africa Regional Center in Nairobi, Kenya, a position he has held since 2005. Under his direction, the center oversees projects in seven countries with a combined award value of about $120 million.
A former public school English teacher, Noel has dedicated his career to improving learning performance among teachers and students, both in the United States and in developing countries. His distinguished career includes two years in EDC’s Washington office as director of strategic planning and five years as education development advisor for USAID/Zambia. He also served for three years as senior technical advisor for the British Council in Quetta, Pakistan, on the Balochistan Primary Education Project, in addition to doing long-term project work in education in Turkey and Botswana.
Noel received a bachelor of science degree in English secondary education and a master’s degree in curriculum instruction from Kansas State University, and a doctorate in instructional systems designs from Florida State University.