The future of educational planning

The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning will mark its 60th Anniversary of supporting countries to plan and manage their education systems this 8-9 November 2023.

Hosted in Paris, France and online, the 60th Anniversary Symposium will provide an opportunity to reflect on the Institute’s key milestones, but also to chart a path forward for the future of educational planning, considering new trends and perspectives spanning six key planning and management areas. During the Symposium, experts, policy-makers, planners, and UNESCO Member State representatives will get an inside look at how IIEP is helping reshape educational planning through its actions related to:

  • Digital technology to transform education
  • Gender and equity in education
  • Crisis, displacement and climate change
  • Planning and management to improve learning
  • Governance, transparency and finance
  • Skills for the future

To continue serving the needs of Member States, and under the overarching theme ‘The future of planning’, IIEP will use the occasion of its 60th Anniversary to foster discussions around the role of planning and management in meeting national and international targets for education 2030, and to ensure the sustainability, adaptability, and resilience of education systems in the years ahead. This will also be an opportunity to look back over recent evolutions in educational planning through the lens of IIEP’s work, in order to look forward.

Through the discussions, IIEP aims to show how and why transforming education starts with planning, with a view to helping all children and societies meet their potential.






Morning Making the case for educational planning in today’s world
  Introduction by IIEP-UNESCO Director
  Panel of ministers
  Stories and testimonies from IIEP-UNESCO alumni
Afternoon The future of planning (Part 1)
  Keynote speech
  Panel 1: Digital technology to transform education
  Panel 2: Addressing the learning crisis





Anniversary celebration

  • High-level speeches
  • Anniversary video
  • Testimonies from the IIEP community
  • Keynote speech
  The future of planning (Part 2)
  Panel 3: Gender and equity in education
Afternoon Panel 4: Governance, transparency and finance
  Panel 5: Crisis, displacement and climate change
  Panel 6: Skills for the future


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Day 1

A first session entitled ‘Making the case for educational planning in today’s world’ will set the scene, with interventions from ministers of education and IIEP alumni who occupy key functions in the field of planning. It will be followed by a keynote speech on the future of planning and then the first two thematic panels.

Martín Benavides

Director of IIEP-UNESCO 

Martín Benavides is a Peruvian researcher and academic who served as the Minister of Education in 2020. In 2022, he served as Director of the Observatory of Higher Education of the Consortium of Universities, and from 2018, he was a principal professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Lima). Between 2018 and 2020, he served as the Superintendent of the regulatory body of Peru's university system where he led the reform for improving the quality of higher education. Earlier in his career, Martín joined the Peruvian think tank Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE), where he later became the Executive Director from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed Director of IIEP in 2023 and provides strategic leadership to the Institute. He has also been a visiting researcher at different US and French high-level academic institutions.

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Stefania Giannini provides strategic vision and leadership in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encompassed in Sustainable Development Goal 4. She affirmed UNESCO’s leadership in the context of the COVID-19 response through global evidence, guidance, policy dialogue and collaborative work with UN partners to support countries and jointly advocate for prioritizing education in the recovery. With an academic background in the Humanities, Stefania has served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first and youngest women to hold this position in Italy. As Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and cultural awareness.

H.E. Mr Philippe FRANC

Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the French Republic to UNESCO

Philippe Franc was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO in May 2023 after serving as Ambassador, Director of State Protocol and Diplomatic Events (September 2019). He previously held the position of Head of Mission and Deputy to the Head of Protocol, Head of the Prime Minister's Protocol (August 2018). At headquarters, Philippe Franc was posted to the Strategic Affairs and Disarmament Directorate (1988-1989) and Protocol (1989-1991). He was Head of Mission to the Director of North Africa and the Middle East (1995-1998), to the Director General of Administration (2006) and then to the Secretary-General from 2006 to 2007. Between 2007 and 2010, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner. Finally, he was Delegate for General Affairs, representing the Director General of Administration in Nantes from 2015 to 2018. He is a Knight of the National Order of Merit.

Alexandre Navarro

Secretary-General of the French National Commission for UNESCO

Alexandre Navarro is responsible for project production, communication, and coordination of the Commission's statutory work. After working at the Alliance Française de Bruxelles-Europe, Alexandre obtained his doctorate in Cultural History at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Winner of the Prix d'Excellence en Sciences Humaines from the Chancellerie des Universités d'Île-de-France, his thesis research focused on cultural cooperation between European societies in the context of globalisation. He has also received a Jean Walter-Zellidja scholarship, awarded by the Académie Française, to study at the New Bulgarian University, as well as scholarships from the Institut des Amériques, the Île-de-France region and the Sorbonne as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York.

Sara Ruto

IIEP-UNESCO Governing Board member, Program Officer at Echidna Giving

Sara Ruto's career in the field of education and research spans over 30 years. She has experience in managing large-scale multi-country programs whose evidence has impacted national and international policies with respect to reading and numeracy. Among her roles, she has been Country Coordinator for Kenya and Regional Manager in East Africa for Uwezo, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network. As a researcher, she has used evidence to back the need for competency and outcomes-based education, framing educational trends and infusing a global south perspective. Sara has served in many boards and advisory committees, chairing the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development Council and the COVID-19 National Education Response Committee.

Opening panel
H.E. Ms Anna Anna Katharina Müller Castro

Minister of Public Education, Costa Rica

H.E. Dr Katherine Müller-Castro is a native of Costa Rica who has professional experience in more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, working with various international, multilateral, and bilateral development organizations, and with 15 years as UNESCO Representative. She began her career as the Curriculum Planning Director at the Distance Teaching University of Costa Rica. She served at the Costa Rican Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy in Institutional Strengthening and Reengineering. She holds a master’s degree in education and post-graduate studies in Competitive Enterprises Management as well as two Doctorate Honoris Causa in Education. Ms Müller-Castro was also the Representative of UNESCO to Viet Nam and Peru. Before joining UNESCO, she worked for the Pan-American Health Organization, UNDP, the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank, the Organization of American States, the Spanish Government Cooperation, the National Center for State Courts and USAID-funded programs in public sector reform.

Opening panel
Her Excellence Ms Awut Deng Acuil

Minister of Education and General Instruction, South Sudan

Awut Deng Acuil is the first female Minister of General Education & Instruction for South Sudan appointed in March 2020. Previously, Awut served as Minister in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development; Gender, Child and Social Welfare; and Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management. In other roles, H.E. Awut Deng Acuil served as Chairperson, University of Bahr El-Ghazal Council and as Presidential Advisor on Gender and Human Rights. She is an advocate for peace, gender equality and human rights. She is a recipient of several international awards: InterAction Humanitarian Award in 2002, Global Leadership Award in 2006, LEADS Africa’s Positive Impact Personality for promoting access to quality education in South Sudan Award in 2023. Minister Awut was elected member of National Liberation Council of SPLM and member of SPLM Political Bureau. She also served as SPLM Secretary for External Relations of SPLM.

Opening panel
H.E. Dr Romny Om

Secretary of State in charge of STEM Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Romny OM received an Ingénieur in Electrical Engineering from the Institut de Technologie du Cambodge (ITC) in 1988, followed by a Master of Engineering in 1996 and a Doctor of Engineering in 2002 in Japan. In his 35 years at ITC, he served as director, a member of the academic and trustee boards, as well as a lecturer on electrical and energy engineering. He has published 28 research articles in international journals. He served in the steering committee of the Asian University Network, as a board member of the Great Mekong Sub-Region Academic Research Network, and as a member School of Internet of Japan, the Science Council of Asia, and the Agence Université de la Francophonie. In his role in the ministry, Romny is currently the manager of the Science and Technology Education Project for Upper Secondary School (STEP-UP).

IIEP Voices
Beatriz Pont

Global Training Practice Lead

Beatriz Pont has worked on education policy, education change and school leadership internationally throughout her career. As IIEP’s Global Training Practice Lead, she leads and coordinates the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of IIEP’s global training programmes, based on the strategy responding to the Member States’ capacity needs. Previously at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, she launched and led OECD countries' education change and implementation support and has worked with many different countries in their school improvement reform efforts. She also launched and led a comparative series on education reforms Education Policy Outlook, on school leadership, equity and quality in education and adult learning. Previously, Beatriz was researcher in the Economic and Social Council of the Government of Spain. Beatriz holds a Phd in Political Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and as been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

IIEP voices
Neva Pemberton

Former Chief of Education Planning, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Education consultant for the Caribbean Development Bank

Neva Pemberton is an educational planner dedicated to transforming education in the Caribbean. She spearheaded educational planning in St. Kitts and Nevis from 2011-2020, developing the 2017-2021 Education Sector Plan. In 2020, Neva received an Exemplary Leadership Award from the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for her valued contribution to education development. Currently, she is a self-employed consultant providing full-time education specialist services for the Caribbean Development Bank. Prior, she worked as a technical specialist for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission. She also recently completed several education planning consultancies financed by the Global Partnership for Education. Neva holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education from UCLA and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Education Sector Planning from IIEP-UNESCO.

IIEP voices
Sothea Lim

Director General of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Sothea Lim has worked for more than 20 years as education policy maker and planner. He holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Leadership by BELTEI International University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as well as a degree in Educational Planning and Management by IIEP-UNESCO. In his current position in the Ministry, he plays a central role in policy formulation and planning. He also provides coordination within and between government institutions, as well as with development partners. As part of his work, Sothea has attended a number of education world and regional seminars and conferences, shared experiences, and assisted the capacity development of education planners at national and sub-national levels.

IIEP voices
Bénéwendé Bonaventure Segueda

Permanent Secretary of the Strategic Plan for the Development of Basic and Secondary Education in Burkina Faso

Bénéwendé Bonaventure Segueda has been an officer at the Ministry of Education in Burkina Faso for more than 20 years. As a primary education inspector and former director of policy formulation and sectoral statistics at the Ministry of Education, he is a specialist in educational analysis, management and planning. He has taken part in a number of national and international assignments on various education issues, including the development of strategies, projects, action plans and monitoring reports, teacher issues, education information and management systems, cooperation and learning assessments.

Fernando Reimers

Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative at Harvard University

Fernando M. Reimers is interested in advancing understanding of the ways schools can empower students to participate civically and economically and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He is an elected member of the United States National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on UNESCO’s Commission on the Futures of Education which authored the report Reimagining Our Futures Together, A New Social Contract for Education. As part of his commitment to advancing educational opportunity, he serves and has served on the boards of several education organizations, including the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars and on the advisory board of the Organization of Iberoamerican States. 

Panel 1
Mark West

Education Specialist at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

Mark West works in UNESCO’s Education Sector where he examines how technology can improve the quality, equity, and accessibility of learning. He develops projects and publications to help establish new and more human-centred trajectories for education in a digital age. Mark currently manages a team that is studying the ways technologies change educational beliefs and practices with a particular focus on implications for the right to education, privatization, surveillance and control, examinations, and teacher training. He has long worked to make digital solutions more inclusive for people with low literacy skills, close digital skills gender divides, and advise governments about the uses and misuses of new technologies for education. Mark currently coordinates the joint UNESCO-UNICEF initiative Gateways to Public Digital Learning which aims to ensure that there are public places for public education on the internet.

Panel 1
Pablo Cevallos Estarellas

Head of the IIEP-UNESCO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean 

Pablo Cevallos Estarellas holds a PhD in Pedagogy and a master’s in education and Critical Thinking from Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA. He taught in undergraduate and graduate programmes at various universities in Ecuador, Spain, and the United States. He also worked as an international consultant for educational projects and participated in conferences in several Latin American countries. Between 2007 and 2010, he was a member of the management team of the Ministry of Education of Ecuador, and from 2010 to 2013 he held the position of Vice-Minister of Education. He has been Head of the IIEP-UNESCO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean since October 2016.

Panel 1
Amélie Gagnon

Programme specialist at IIEP-UNESCO

Amelie is coordinating IIEP’s portfolio in micro-planning, covering the areas of decentralization and deconcentration, workforce management, geospatial data analysis, education statistics, the operationalization of the Right to Education, the use of evidence in educational planning, as well as designing tools and methodologies. As a demographer, Amelie is passionate about putting data to the service of evidence-informed decision-making in educational planning. Before joining IIEP in 2015, Amelie spent six years at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) advising Member States of Latin America and the Caribbean in EMIS, data collection, data management, monitoring and evaluation. Amelie was also responsible for building the UIS global database on free and compulsory education and contributing to the design of key international comparative education surveys.

Panel 1
Martín Rebour

Manager of Teacher Professional Development at Ceibal, Uruguay 

Martín Rebour is Manager of Teacher Professional Development at Ceibal (the Educational Innovation Agency of the Uruguayan government). He is also a lecturer and university professor in doctoral and master's programs. For the past 20 years, Martín Rebour has been working in the field of education, focusing on education policy with an emphasis on Teacher Professional Development. He has led the design of plans and programs in cross-cutting topics such as Social Inclusion, Digital Inclusion, and 21st-century Skills. He has served as a consultant for international organizations and as an advisor to the Uruguayan educational system. He holds a Doctorate in Education (from the Universidad ORT, Uruguay), a Master's degree in Psychology and Education (from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay), and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay).

Panel 1
Gregory Elacqua

Principal Economist in the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C.

Gregory Elacqua has conducted extensive research on schools in Latin America and has also been active in the politics of educational policy reform. His research and technical policy work focus on the economics of education, school finance and efficiency of spending, teacher policy, school accountability, school choice, centralized student and teacher assignment, and the political economy of the educational system. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Princeton University.

Panel 2
Suguru Mizunoya

IIEP-UNESCO Technical Cooperation Team Lead

Suguru Mizunoya has extensive international experience, having worked in both development and emergency contexts, in Kenya (during the 2011 Horn of Africa Drought Crysis), Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Japan (during the Great Eastern Earthquake emergency). He has also worked in various capacities in international organizations such as UNESCO, World Bank, and ILO. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Acting Director of the Global Political Economy Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he taught political economy and quantitative analysis. Prior to joining IIEP, Suguru served as Senior Advisor for Statistics and Monitoring and Chief of the Education Data Unit at the UNICEF Headquarters Office in New York. In his current role, Suguru coordinates IIEP's Technical support to UNESCO Member States.

Panel 2
Andrew Gomez

Director of Performance Management and Evaluation in The Gambia Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education

Andrew Gomez holds a Higher Diploma in Education from Gambia College, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of The Gambia, and a master’s in public sector management from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He has acquired certificates in strategic education planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, and data management and processing from institutions like the World Bank Institute and IIEP-UNESCO. In his role in the Ministry, he currently oversees monitoring and evaluation, performance management, and assessment processes. In the past decade, Andrew has also participated in consultancies on education sector research, surveys and reporting, education policies, and strategic plan development.

Panel 2
Sylvia Schmelkes

Independent researcher

Sylvia Schmelkes is a sociologist with a master’s degree in educational research and development from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. With a career spanning back to 1970, she's authored 400+ works covering education quality, adult education, values, and intercultural education. She founded and was the General Coordinator for Intercultural and Bilingual Education at Mexico's Ministry of Education and was head of the Research Institute for the Development of Education at Universidad Iberoamericana. Recognized with the Joan Amos Comenius Medal for her contributions to education, Sylvia chaired the boards of the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education and OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. Retired from her tenure as Academic Provost at Universidad Iberoamericana, she continues as an independent researcher.

Day 2

During a special event organised as part of UNESCO’s General Conference, IIEP’s work and achievements over the past 60 Years will be celebrated in the presence of Member States delegations, with testimonials on IIEP’s role and impact on the international stage and its key achievements. Four additional thematic panels will be held during this same day as part of the overall reflection on the future of planning.

IIEP Voices
H.E. Geoffrey HANLEY

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth Empowerment, Housing & Human Settlement, Ecclesiastical & Faith-Based Affairs, St Kitts and Nevis

H.E Dr Geoffrey HANLEY gave 28 years of exemplary service in the Public Sector as a teacher, an officer in the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Culture, Youth Director, the Director of the People’s Employment Programme and as a Primary School Principal before he retired in 2016. He was very instrumental in introducing a number of programmes that empowered the youth of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. He is the founder of the St. Kitts National Youth Parliamentary Association (SKNYPA), formed in 2001.


IIEP voices
His Excellence Dr Justin Davis Valentin

Minister, Ministry of Education, Seychelles

Justin Valentin was appointed Minister for Education in November 2020. Prior to that he was Vice Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, where he worked for eight years, also serving as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Sustainable Development. He received his maths education bachelor’s degree in Australia, his research master’s degree in Malaysia, and his doctoral degree at King’s College London. As a researcher, he has focused on pedagogical innovation and classroom change in the context of small island states. Minister Valentin is currently leading the education transformation agenda of the Seychelles, positioning teacher education, technology, collaboration, and meaningful engagement at the core. He is a proponent of global connections and aspires to see countries with similar backgrounds embracing regional integration.

IIEP voices
Erik Scheller

State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Research Sweden

Erik Scheller’s areas of responsibility are upper secondary school, liberal adult education, student finance, adult education and training and UNESCO. He holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from London School of Economic and Political Science. He began his PhD Studies in Political Science at Uppsala University in 2020 before becoming State Secretary in 2022. Erik Scheller was previously the Chief of Staff at the Parliamentary Office for the Liberal Party 2020-2022 and the Deputy Head of Office at the Liberal Party´s Policy Coordination Office at the Prime Minister´s Office 2019-2020.

IIEP voices
Her Excellence Ms Marie Lydia Toto Raharimalala

Former Minister for Employment, Technical Education and Vocational Training, and former Member of Parliament, Madagascar

Marie Lydia Toto Raharimalala has filled prominent positions in her native Madagascar and internationally. A highlight of her career was elaborating and implementing, alongside national and international partners, the first Malagasy law related to the national policy for employment and professional training. In addition to her role as Minister and Member of Parliament, she was the Vice Chair of FAWE Africa (Forum for African Women Educationalists) from 2009 to 2020. She remains the Chairperson of FAWE Madagascar Chapter, position to which she was appointed in 2009. As an activist, she has worked and fought for the right to girls’ education, women’s empowerment and participation in politics, gender policy, and sustainable development policy. She continues supporting these causes through her engagement with several associations.

IIEP voices
Nicola Marcia Johnson

Chief Planning Officer and head of the Planning Unit of the Ministry of Education of Guyana

Nicola Marcia Johnson has been with the Ministry of Education for 28 years in various capacities and has a background in educational planning, statistics, monitoring and evaluation. Most recently, Nicola has operated as the sector interlocuter with all developmental partners operating within the education space. She continues to build collaborative working relationships with education stakeholders nationally, regionally, and internationally as evidenced by her status of Country Representative for Guyana on the KIX/LAC, and Development Country Partner (DCP) – Country Focal Point for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) hub. She is a doctoral candidate pursuing a PhD in Educational Policy, Leadership and Management.

Panel 3
Justine Sass

Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris 

Justine Saas provides strategic guidance and technical leadership in the substantive areas of gender, inclusion, social norms, and rights in and through education. Her work helps position UNESCO’s policies, programming and knowledge generation at the global level while collaborating and providing guidance for regional and national policy, programming and knowledge generation. Over the past 25 years, she has championed gender equality, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and the right to education and health. Within UNESCO, Ms Sass has worked as Asia-Pacific Regional Advisor for Health Education in the UNESCO Bangkok Office, and as Senior Programme Specialist in the Health and Education Section. She has also worked for other international organizations, NGOs and government agencies across Asia and the Pacific, Sub-Saharan and North Africa and Eastern Europe.

Panel 3
Fabricia Devignes

Programme Manager of the Gender at the Center Initiative (GCI) at IIEP-UNESCO

Fabricia Devignes has 15 years of professional experience in gender mainstreaming in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, at different levels (management, policy formulation, project coordination, development and facilitation of trainings and courses for diverse audiences) and in different thematic areas (girls' education, gender-based violence, gender institutionalization, sustainable development, gender-responsive budgeting, and women's economic empowerment). Prior to joining IIEP, Fabricia was Gender equality Adviser at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, she acted for ten years as Director of the NGO Enda Europe and Vice-President of the Southern-based network Enda-Tiers Monde, where she led the network's gender equality and education strategy. In her current role, Fabricia provides strategic guidance and technical support to the eight GCI countries.

Panel 3
H.E. Ms Mariatou Koné

Minister of National Education and Literacy, Côté d’Ivoire

H.E. Ms Mariatou KONÉ is socio-anthropologist, Full Professor of Anthropology, a graduate of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France. She is also lecturer and researcher since January 1995 at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny de Cocody (Abidjan). She is an expert and international consultant in several fields: rural land tenure, family, gender, health, rural development, education, and social cohesion. From January 2016 to April 2021, she was the Minister in charge of the departments of Solidarity, Social Cohesion, Compensation for Victims of Crises in Côte d'Ivoire, Family, Women and Children, and Poverty Reduction. Ms Koné is the World Education Representative on the High-Level Commission on Digital Development (UNESCO) and representative for Africa on the Steering Committee of the International Commission on the Future of Education (UNESCO).

Panel 3
Adama Jean Momoh

Director of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone

Adama Jean Momoh entered the Sierra Leone Civil Service in 2001 after completing her bachelor’s degree in social science. She worked as budget analyst in the Ministry of Finance for over eight years. Upon completion of master’s degree in Economic Policy Management, she returned to Sierra Leone and became a Strategic Planning Officer in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology in 2009. She held this position until 2013 when she became Director of Policy and Planning. Adama has contributed to the development of a four-generation Education Sector Plan for the country, and as Director in charge of Policy, she has contributed to the development of education policies, guidelines standard operation manuals and other policy-related working tools in the education sector. She is a graduate with a master's in Economic Policy Management, from Columbia University, B.SC in Social Science and Higher Teachers Certificate.

Panel 3
Pauline Rose

Professor of International Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL)

Pauline Rose is Professor of International Education at the University of Cambridge, which she joined in 2014. She is Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education. She was also Senior Research Fellow at the UK Department for International Development from 2015 to 2018. Prior to joining Cambridge, Pauline was Director of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report (from August 2011), during which time she directed two reports, on youth, skills and work, and on teaching and learning. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with international aid donors and non-governmental organizations, providing evidence-based policy advice on a wide range of issues, aimed at fulfilling commitments to education for all.

Panel 4
Alejandra Cardini

Knowledge Management and Mobilization Coordinator, IIEP-UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Alejandra Cardini holds a PhD in Education and has extensive experience in research projects, consultancy, and advocacy in education policy. She was Director of the Education Programme at the Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC, Argentina) and led the education theme in the Think 20, a G20 affinity group oriented to public policy recommendations between 2018 and 2022. She developed research at the University of Buenos Aires, the University of San Andrés, and the Centre for Critical Education Policy Research (University of London). Alejandra worked for the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Argentina, in relation to provincial ministries in educational planning. As a teacher, she worked at the primary level and, as a lecturer, for master's degrees in education policy (at the Institute of Education of the University of London, at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago de Chile, at the Inter-institutional Doctorate in Education (UNTREF, UNLA and UNSAM), at the University of San Andrés and the Austral University.

Panel 4
Muriel Poisson

Acting Team Leader of IIEP-UNESCO’s Knowledge Management and Mobilization (KMM) Team

Muriel Poisson leads IIEP’s programme on Ethics and Corruption in Education. In this capacity, she has coordinated research projects on a variety of topics including open school data, open government in education, and teacher codes of conduct. She trained more than 2,600 people on topics related to improving transparency and accountability in education. She provides technical assistance to national teams in charge developing an integrity risk assessment, a public expenditure tracking survey, or a teacher code of conduct. She also manages ETICO, a dynamic clearinghouse for all information and activities related to transparency and accountability issues in education. Since 2022, Muriel has led IIEP’s Knowledge Management Mobilization team, a function that produces, synthesizes, and adapts actionable knowledge directed at IIEP’s global community of planners and decision-makers.

Panel 4
Jean-Claude Ndabananiye

Programme specialist at IIEP-UNESCO

Jean-Claude Ndabananiye is an education policy analyst working on issues related to education finance and education policy in the context of developing countries. As a policy analyst, Claude works closely with countries in diagnosing their education systems and identifying room for improvement. As a researcher, he supports the production and diffusion of statistical and methodological tools. Claude joined IIEP in 2012 and has since been involved in training and capacity development programmes. Prior to joining IIEP, he worked as an economist statistician at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in Montreal, Canada and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Panel 4
Virginija Būdienė

Director of NGO Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis and associate professor of practice at Vilnius University

Virginija Būdienė is the former Chief Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania (2009-2015). She has also served as Vice-Minister for Education and Science (2006-2008). Between 1995 and 2006, she worked at NGOs and foundations, among which she was the Director of the Centre for Education Studies and HESP at OSF Lithuania (1995-2006). She also worked as a manager at the Education Support Program at Open Society Institute, Budapest, where she consolidated and coordinated the Network of Education Policy Centres from 20 countries and managed international education monitoring projects. Virginija was elected Board member (Country Group II) of the Global Education Management Report, UNESCO (2020-2022), and has also served as an expert for OECD, the World Bank, and UNESCO.

Panel 4
Rukmini Banerji

Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation in India

Rukmini Banerji has extensive field experience working directly with rural and urban communities as well as in designing and implementing large-scale partnerships with governments to improve the learning of elementary school-age children. From 2005 to 2014, she led Pratham’s research and assessment efforts including the well-known ASER initiative (Annual Status of Education Report). Rukmini is the 2021 recipient of the Yidan Prize for education development.

Panel 5
Leonora MacEwen

Equity and Resilience Cluster Lead, Technical Cooperation Team, IIEP-UNESCO

Leonora MacEwen oversees and manages IIEP’s portfolio of work on integrating conflict and disaster risk reduction into education sector policy-making and planning processes. She leads IIEP’s crisis-sensitive planning technical cooperation activities, working with countries on the development of sector plans, as well as risk analyses and risk reduction strategies for the education sector. She has also designed and led the development of guidance, research and training courses in this field. She holds a Master’ Degree in Comparative Studies from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale and in Anthropology of Education from Paris V Rene Descartes.

Panel 5
H.E. Dr Azmi Mahafzah

Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kingdom of Jordan

H.E. Dr Azmi Mahafzah was appointed as minister on 27 October 2022. For more than 35 years, he worked as a teaching staff member in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jordan, during which he also assumed many administrative posts, including President of the University of Jordan. In June 2018, he was appointed Minister of Education and additionally, he became Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in October of the same year. In September 2019, he was appointed Chairman of the Higher Council of the National Center for Curriculum Development. Throughout his career, Dr. Mahafzah published more than sixty scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He holds a Doctor of Medicine (1977) from the University of Damascus in Syria and a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (1984) from the American University of Beirut. 

Panel 5
Christian Stoff

Chief, Monitoring, Evaluation and Global Reporting, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

Christian Stoff is responsible for crisis tracking, results monitoring, global reporting, evaluations as well as partnerships and capacity development initiatives to strengthen education data systems, including financing, holistic learning assessments and crisis-sensitive programming. Prior to ECW, Christian worked with UNICEF, UNESCAP and NGOs in the areas of Education, Statistics and Social Policy in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Panel 6
Dameon Black

Chair of the Governing Board of IESALC, Tertiary Education Commissioner of Jamaica

During his career in higher education, Dameon Black has held positions with The University Council of Jamaica, University College of the Caribbean, Jamaica, the Theological Seminary, and Portmore Community College. He has worked primarily in academic administration and organizational leadership. In addition to his current role as Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica's Tertiary Education Commission, he contributes to the development of Regional and Global tertiary education policy and systems through his role as President of the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also been Jamaica’s representative during the development of two major International Conventions on the recognition of higher education qualifications.

Panel 6
Michaela Martin

Programme specialist at IIEP-UNESCO

Michaela Martin has specialized over the past twenty years in selected areas of higher education policy-making, planning and management. Her areas of expertise include flexible learning pathways in higher education, internal and external quality assurance in higher education, indicator systems for higher education, management of university-enterprise partnerships, and management of higher education institutions. Since 1990, she has been involved in research and training activities related higher education policy and planning. She has published extensively in these areas, as well as on academia - industry partnerships, internal and external quality assurance. Prior to joining IIEP in 1990, Michaela was a researcher at the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU) in Brussels (Belgium).

Panel 6
Morshidi Bin Sirat

Higher Education Adviser to the Minister of Higher Education in Malaysia

Besides his role at the Ministry, Morshidi Bin Sirat holds the title of Emeritus Professor at the National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), where he served as a professor for almost 33 years. With nearly four decades of experience, Morshidi continues to be active in academia and consultancy. He has held strategic roles, including Deputy Director-General of Higher Education, Director-General of Higher Education/Registrar General for Private Institutes of Higher Education, and Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). Beyond his management roles, Morshidi founded an NGO dedicated to advancing higher education research and policies. His expertise extends to consultancy, training, and research guidance for governmental and non-governmental entities.

Panel 6
Borhene Chakroun

Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems Division at UNESCO-Headquarters and interim Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Borhene Chakroun is an engineer with a PhD in Education Sciences from Bourgogne University in France. He has worked as a trainer, chief trainer, project manager, and short-term consultant for international organizations such as the EU and the World Bank. At the European Training Foundation, he served as Senior Human Capital Development specialist before joining UNESCO in 2010. Borhene conducted a range of policy reviews and skills systems diagnosis in different contexts. He has authored and co-authored articles and books in the field of skills development and lifelong learning. His recent work focuses on global trends in reforming education and training systems within a lifelong learning perspective and the global agenda for education and skills development in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

About the event

With only seven years left to achieve the Education 2030 agenda, how can educational planning reinvent itself to promote the transformative role of education and create a better future?

The Symposium will revive IIEP's long-standing tradition of ‘taking stock’ of recent progress in educational planning and management in order to adapt to the changing needs of societies and crafting new approaches, methodologies and tools accordingly.


 The Symposium at a glance




Discussions will focus on the new trends and perspectives spanning six key priorities through which IIEP is taking actions to reshape educational planning. These six priorities are:

  1. How can digital technology help transform planning and management tools and approaches?
  2. How can educational planning and management help address the learning crisis?
  3. How can planning and management better contribute to the promotion of gender equality in tomorrow’s world?
  4. How can calls for transparency and new forms of funding enable planning to meet its objectives?
  5. How planning can help education systems adapt to crisis, climate change, and natural hazards?
  6. Developing skills for the future and the transition to work: How can planning help?

These six priority areas reflect the more recent directions taken by the Institute to address the pressing challenges faced by UNESCO Member States on the ground, as reflected by IIEP’s overall current research, training, and technical cooperation offer, provided by its three offices in France, Senegal, and Argentina.




The main objectives of the Symposium will be:

  1. to focus on the future of education and how planners will be able to respond to the particular needs of society, today and tomorrow, in a context of rapid change, scarcity of resources, and increasing uncertainties;

  2. to explore the interconnected impact of political, geographical, and cross-sectoral developments in education and understand how educational planning has been evolving and should continue to evolve to adapt to these changes;

  3. to bring together high-level decision makers, recognized international specialists, and IIEP’s experts to stimulate new ideas on the best approaches, methods, tools and practices for educational planning and management, with the goal of feeding them back into IIEP’s research, training, and technical cooperation work;

  4. to revitalize and strengthen exchange and dialogue with an international community of thinkers and practitioners on educational planning, with a view to better structuring and consolidating such a community in the future.




The Symposium will feature panels on each of the key thematic areas, providing an opportunity to:


Take stock: IIEP will present an overview of its actions in each priority area, showcasing how it is actively contributing to the evolution of planning and management approaches, techniques, and tools. 


Hear national experiences and testimonies: For each theme, a country representative will explain how IIEP’s work helps foster change in their educational landscape. 



Debate perspectives: The audience will also hear from an external expert on ongoing changes and reforms taking place at the international level in each of the priority areas.


Discuss the future: Each panel will also explore the future of educational planning and management and how IIEP can best consider new prospects for years to come.





This two-day event will bring together leading thinkers in the field, high-level representatives of Ministries of education from around the world including ministers of education and heads of planning, selected former IIEP alumni, IIEP Governing Board members, former directors, IIEP staff, representatives from UNESCO, General Conference delegates, and donor agencies.

If you wish to attend the online event, please register here.




Hosted at the IIEP premises in Paris, France, the Anniversary Symposium will take place over two days in an hybrid format, and will feature keynote speeches, panel dicussions, and videos and presentations from IIEP staff, education experts, and partners. In-person attendance will be by invitation only.

Interpretation will be made available in English, French and Spanish.