Governing Board

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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 the diverse knowledge and experience of individuals. Such a small but effective and representative board is also an 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


Dr José Weinstein
Vice-President of Education
Fundación Chile
Santiago, Chile


Designated members:


Dr Jaime Saavedra
Global Director, Education
The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States of America


Joining soon

Representative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Dr Robert Jenkins
Chief, Education and Associate Director
United Nations Children’s Fund
New York, United States of America



Dr Máximo Torero Cullen
Chief Economist
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, Italy


Appointed members:


Dina El Khawaga
Professor of Public Policies and Public Administration
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

Dr Sara Ruto Ebs
Chief Administrative Secretary
Ministry of Education
Nairobi, Kenya

Dr Keiichi Ogawa
Professor and Department Chair
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies 
Kobe University



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

Dr Emiliana Vegas
Professor of Practice
Graduate School of Education
Harvard University
Cambridge, United States of America

Albert Nsengiyumva
Executive Secretary
Association for the Development of Education in Africa
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Dr Pauline Rose
International Education
Faculty of Education
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Wednesday 15 February 2023
Wednesday 26 April 2023