Irina Bokova took office as UNESCO’s Director-General in November 2009. She was previously Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to France and Monaco, Personal Representative of the Bulgarian President to the “Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie” and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO from 2005 to 2009. She has been actively engaged throughout her career in international efforts to advance the rights of girls and women, and participated in the World Conferences on Women organized in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995). She considers gender equality to be one of the most important political and humanistic goals of our times, and launched a Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education and a High-Level Panel in May 2011 to galvanize support and step up global advocacy for gender equality.
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Before joining UNESCO in 2004, Gülser Corat pursued a dual career in the academe and in international development. Her academic work included research and teaching in the field of political economy. As an international development practitioner, she was a senior development advisor for various bilateral development agencies, for multi-lateral lending institutions (the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank), UN agencies (UNDP and UNCTAD) and for civil society organizations, especially in Asia and Africa. She also has private sector experience as the CEO of an international consulting company (ECI Consulting, Inc.) in Canada.
Ms Dibba-Wadda is a specialist in gender equality in international policy and programming in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments. She joins FAWE from Oxfam GB where she was Global Gender Advisor with a focus on international policy and programming on gender equality. She has worked as Project Manager for the Commonwealth Education Fund and has held a number of regional coordination and country management roles in gender- and education-related organisations and projects operating in Africa and Asia.
Cheryl Gregory Faye has served as the UNICEF Representative in the Gambia since December 2002, has a rich background in programme management, fund-raising and social development, as well as extensive experience with civil society organizations, government development agencies, and international and diplomatic affairs. Prior to her appointment in the Gambia, Faye served as Programme Officer in UNICEF Cameroon, where she was responsible for the overall planning, coordination and implementation of a broad range of UNICEF-assisted programmes to improve the status of children and women.
Before joining IIEP, Khalil was Director General of International and Public Relations at the Palestinian Ministry of Education for six years. In this capacity, he worked on the design and implementation of development projects and on fund-raising. He also co-ordinated the production of the first five-year national education development plan.
He has previously worked as Director of the Ramallah Friends Schools in Palestine and as lecturer in education at Birzeit University in Palestine, where he was active in establishing the Education and Psychology Department, the Research Center, and the Literacy and Adult Education Division.
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Nelly Stromquist holds a Ph.D. degree in International Development Education from Stanford University and a master’s in political science from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She specializes in issues related to social change and gender, which she examines from the perspective of critical sociology. Her research interests focus on the dynamics of educational policies and practices, gender relations, and equity, particularly in Latin America. She is author of numerous articles and several books.
Dr Tang joined UNESCO in 1993 and was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in April 2010. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Shanxi University, China in 1976. He then taught at high school level for two years before moving to Canada for graduate studies where he earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and became a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology. Before joining UNESCO, he worked at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, at the Ministry of Education in Beijing and at the Bureau of Science and Technology of Shaanxi Provincial Government in Xi’an, China.
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Elaine Unterhalter has more than 25 years experience working on themes concerned with gender, race and class inequalities and their bearing on education. Her specialist interests are in the capability approach and human development and education in Africa, particularly South Africa. Her current concerns are with education, poverty and global social justice. Elaine’s book Gender, Schooling and Global Social Justice won first prize in the Society of Education Studies book awards in 2008. She has just completed a project on Gender, education and global poverty reduction initiatives based on case study research in Kenya, South Africa and selected global organisations.