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Headshot of Dr. Guitele Nicoleau, IDG
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Guitele Nicoleau

Chief of Party

Education

EdD; Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Community Education, and Lifelong Learning; Harvard University
MEd; Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Community Education, and Lifelong Learning; Harvard University
BA, Comparative European Literature, History, and Philosophy, Wesleyan University


Guitele Nicoleau has over 25 years in education leadership roles and 14 years’ experience leading large and complex USAID-funded programs in Senegal and Ghana with demonstrated results in building government capacity, taking ownership of reforms, and partnering with the public and private sectors. Dr. Nicoleau’s leadership has resulted in a nationwide change in curricula, lucrative public-private partnerships, locally tailored programs for children, and thousands of teachers trained. 

Ms. Nicoleau currently serves as Chief of Party of the Renforcement de la Lecture pour Tous (RELIT; Strengthening Literacy in Senegal) program, which aims to expand bilingual reading instruction in Senegal to include multiple local languages and French.

Before joining RTI in 2021, Dr. Nicoleau contributed to educational and health strategies in the US and in Haiti, focusing on girls’ education and HIV and AIDS prevention in youth. She has experience teaching French, Haitian Creole, and English as a second language in the classroom. She has also coordinated program activities in the US and internationally with diverse groups of stakeholders and beneficiaries—including ministries of education, school officials, and civil society organizations—for results-driven program implementation leading to systems change for long-term educational impacts. 

Dr. Nicoleau is based in Dakar, Senegal and is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Creole.