Nicholas BURNETT (United Kingdom)
Mandate: September 2007 – October 2009
Mr Burnett was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in September 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was director of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report from October 2004.
Mr Burnett has spent his entire career working on education, economics, and developing countries (particularly Africa). He worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an Economic Adviser on Africa and Latin America, and at the World Bank (1983-2000). From 2001 to 2004, Mr Burnett managed his own international consulting firm, specializing in human development and strategic management, particularly on the interface between macro-economic policy and human development.
Born in 1949, Mr Burnett obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University (1971). In 1972 he became a Henry Fellow with a Fulbright Award at Harvard University in Economics. He holds M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Mr Burnett also attended mid-career courses in education policy at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and has completed an Executive Education Program and a Corporate Finance Program at the Harvard Business School.
Mr Burnett is the author and co-author of many publications and articles in education and economics. In August 2007, he was appointed visiting Special Professor of International Education Policy at the University of Nottingham (UK) for a period of three years.
- Article written with Harry Anthony Patrinos: « Education and the changing world economy: the imperative of reform”, in Prospects: quarterly review of comparative education (1997)
- Interview in the UNESCO Courier on his vision for education and UNESCO’s role in promoting it (2007)