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Governing Board


IIEP-UNESCO governing board in December 2019.

The Governing Board

Composition :

The Institute is administered by a Governing Board, consisting of twelve members chosen for their competence and sitting in their personal capacity:

  • eight members including economists, educators and other recognized specialists in fields relevant to IIEP’s mission, with at least one member each from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Arab States, and
  • four members designated, respectively by the United Nations, the World Bank, a UN Agency and a UN Economic Commission.

Such a unique composition ensures that IIEP’s programmes correspond to the needs of UNESCO Member States by drawing from diversity of individual knowledge and experiences. Such a small but effective and representative board is also excellent way of ensuring a balance between autonomy and accountability to the Organization

Role :

The Board determines the general policy and the nature of the Institute’s activities within the framework of the general policy of UNESCO. It decides on the programme and the budget of the Institute and ensures the implementation of its activities.

Board members


Nicholas Burnett (United Kingdom)
Senior Fellow, Results for Development Institute 


Designated members:


Nina Arnhold
Senior Education Specialist, 
The World Bank


Simone Cecchini
Senior Social Affairs Officer, Division of Social Development, 
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Robert Jenkins
Chief, Education and Associate Director, 
Programme Division


Srinivas Reddy
Chief of the Skills and Employability Branch
International Labour Organization


Appointed members:

José Weinstein Cayuela (Chile)
Full Professor Universidad Diego Portales
Director Program Educational Leadership
Santiago, Chile

Dina El Khawaga (Egypt)
Director, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship
Beirut, Lebanon

Valérie Liechti (Switzerland)
Swiss Agency for development and cooperation,
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Dzingai Mutumbuka (Zimbabwe)
Former Chair,
Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

Keiichi Ogawa
Professor & Department Chair
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies
Kobe University, Japan

Jean-Michel Séverino
Investisseurs & Partenaires
Paris, France


Rong Wang (China)
Professor and Director
China Institute for Educational Finance Research (CIEFR)
Peking University
Beijing, China