About Us

2019 – Three new students in Malawi in Form One.

The Rosemary Pencil Foundation was founded in 2005 and provides scholarships for students in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia to attend secondary school. Our goal is to improve the education of children who need it most. We also work on other initiatives that include bringing ICTs to the classroom in the form of e-readers and assisting those wishing to go on to higher education, particularly in teachers training. Recently we supported the launch of a publication created and written by students for their local community; sponsored an after-school program based on a PBS television series and launched an essay writing competition.

The President and Founder is Gillian Rose who has had a career in media in her native England and in the US.  She is a Senior Vice President, Television and New Media with NBCUniversal based in New York. Prior to this she was a SVP for European media company Sky as well as Content Strategy and International TV Industry Relationships Adviser for the African Public Broadcasters Foundation.  She is a former two-term Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) New York and a regular juror for the International Emmy Awards.  Ms. Rose has a Masters Degree in Communication for Development.

The Rosemary Pencil Foundation was created in the memory of Rosemary Rose, a teacher and educator who believed that everyone deserves a good education.

Board of Directors

Emmanuel K. Akyeampong is Professor of African History and African American Studies, Harvard University.

Charles Ambler Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History, University of Texas at El Paso. Former President, African Studies Association (USA).

Bruce Christensen is President of KSL TV, Salt Lake City, and a former long-term President of PBS.

Robin L. Greenwald Esq. is a lawyer with Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York City-based law firm, whose experience includes working with many non-profit organizations.

Gillian Rose with Secondary School students in Malawi.

Georges Leclere is a Global Media Advisor with LGMA and was former head of Television at the United Nations.

Wezi M. Msisha  is a Senior Health Specialist with the World Bank, based in South Africa.

William Spencer Reilly is Executive Director of the Sheen Center in New York City.

Steve Sharra is a Malawian teacher, teacher educator and education policy analyst. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy from Michigan State University.

George Twumasi is CEO of the ABN Holdings (African Broadcast Network) and Co-Founder of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation.

Karen Carlton Wood is the Sr. Director of Global Policy at Panthera, a conservation non-profit focused on the recovery of wild cat populations around the world.