NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM ANNOUNCED AT
Paris, January 16 (No.2001-04)
- Pierre Sané, the present Secretary General of Amnesty International, and Sir
John Daniel, a pioneer of open and distance education, are to join UNESCO, as
Assistant Directors-General respectively of the Human and Social Sciences and of
They are part of the newly
appointed management team consisting of a Deputy Director-General and five
Assistant Directors-General, recruited from outside the Organization by
Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura.
Announcing the appointments
last Thursday, Mr Matsuura stressed the transparency and competitiveness of the
recruitment procedure, unprecedented on this scale in the history of the United
The team supporting the
Director-General is young by the standards of the United Nations, with an
average age of 50, and geographically balanced. Asia is represented by, other
than the Director-General himself, one Assistant Director-General; Latin America
by a Deputy Director-General and an Assistant Director-General; Africa by two
Assistant Directors-General, as is the Arab Region; Western Europe by three
Assistant Directors-General; and Eastern Europe by one Assistant
The new Deputy Director-General
is Márcio Nogueira Barbosa of Brazil, a space research specialist and the
Director-General of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espacias (INPE),
where he showed his acumen as a “captain of industry”. He has served
as Chairman of the International Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.
The arrival of Sir John Daniel
and of Pierre Sané confirms the Director-General’s determination to reform
UNESCO. Sir John Daniel, head of Britain’s Open University, is a visionary in
his field. Before anyone else, he perceived the growing importance of distance
education and has worked with numerous leading institutions in this area: among
them the International Council for Open and Distance Education, the Commonwealth
of Learning and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning.
Over 12 years, Pierre Sané
(Senegal) supervised assistance programmes for the poorest areas of Africa with
the International Development Research Centre of Canada. At the head of Amnesty
International, he has earned an international reputation and widespread esteem.
The other appointments concern
the science, culture, communication and information, and administration sectors.
Walter Rudolf Erdelen (Germany) has been appointed
to the post of Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences. Mr Erdelen is an
academic with a long experience of international co-operation programmes in the
sciences at the service of environmental protection and development, notably in
the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa.
The archaeologist Mounir
Bouchenaki (Algeria), has been appointed to the post of Assistant
Director-General for Culture. The former Director of the Cultural Heritage
Division, Mr Bouchenaki over recent months served as interim Director of the
World Heritage Centre.
Abdul Waheed Khan (India) has
been appointed to the post of Assistant Director-General for Communication and
Information. As Rector of one of the world’s leading open universities, the
Indira Gandhi National Open University, he has demonstrated leadership in the
development of communication, distance education and education technologies. He
will take office at the end of the first semester, when the incumbent, Alain
Modoux of Switzerland, retires.
Eleonora Mitrofanova (Russian
Federation) has been appointed to the post of Assistant Director-General for
Administration. A member of the Duma, she sits on the committee which monitors
the management and servicing of external debts, the use of foreign loans and the
activities of the Central Bank.