Gino Fransman is the founder of the Education Influencers project at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He is the current Africa Hub Coordinator for the UNESCO Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) program, plus both a mentor and previous project author in the program. His highly collaborative Open online course is titled Becoming an Open Education Influencer (BOEI). BOEI is a student empowerment and advocacy tool for innovation in education through Open available on the MandelaUni Open Engage LMS. Gino is a member of the OE4BW Advisory Board and the 2021 winner of the Education Global Emerging Leader Award. He is also an independent member of Open Education Global. In 2023, he has been named a Key Partner for the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN), “Key Partners represent a range of thought leaders from Higher Education Institutions, and influential organisations and include diverse perspectives from across the globe.