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Strategic Management Council

Ms Audrey Azoulay | Director-General

The General Conference of UNESCO, at its 41st session, has elected Ms Audrey Azoulay for a second mandate as Director-General of the Organization.

With a longstanding commitment in favour of intercultural and intergenerational dialogue to advance education for all and the dissemination of scientific and cultural knowledge, she is determined to maintain this commitment as the head of UNESCO.

She will spare no effort in ensuring that UNESCO fulfills its universal mandate fully in promoting values of humanism and openness and serving as a driving force in the United Nations system. The Organization is to achieve this by serving as an intellectual forum for the world of tomorrow, and as a standard-setter that will help society advance, as well as serving as an expert agency contributing to the dissemination of knowledge to the greatest number of people worldwide.

Audrey Azoulay

Mr Xing Qu | Deputy Director-General - DDG

Mr Qu served as Assistant President of CFAU where he was responsible for the organization of teaching at the University.
He was Permanent Representative of China to the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, where he managed Chinese cooperation with BIE and coordinated preparations for the World Expo2010 Shanghai China (Expo 2010). At the same time, as Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr Qu served as Minister at the Chinese Embassy in France. He was responsible for bilateral affairs and administration of the internal functioning of the Embassy. He also supervised the Permanent Delegation of the People's Republic of China to UNESCO.

Mr Xing Qu
Mr Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez

Assistant Director-General for Culture – ADG/CLT

Mr Tawfik Jelassi

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information – ADG/CI

Mr Firmin Edouard Matoko

Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations – ADG/PAX

Mr Nicholas Jeffreys

Assistant Director-General for Administration and Management – ADG/ADM

Mr Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – ADG/IOC

Mr Nicolas Kassianides

Chief of Staff, Office of the Director-General – DIR/CAB

Ms Begoña Lasagabaster

Director for Gender Equality – DIR/CAB/GE

Mr Jean Yves Le Saux

Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning – DIR/BSP

Mr Bernardin Assiene

Director of the International Oversight Service – DIR/IOS