Maria Malevri is an educational planner who joined UNESCO in 1984 as an assistant programme specialist in the Division of Science Education. She was responsible for the information flow in science, technology and environmental education through the INISTE network (International network on information for science and technology education) and its quarterly bulletin (INISTE newsletter) edited in English and translated in all six UN languages.
In 1992 she coordinated gender issues for the Sector and contributed to the preparation of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, China). She created the SEMEP initiative on extra-budgetary funds – a network of schools in 23 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region in view of promoting science, environmental, values education and related teacher training.
In 1998 joined UNESCO, New Delhi office and became responsible for education in the sub region (Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka) until 2003 where she initiated and coordinated a number of projects on all levels of education. On return to HQs became responsible of the UNLD (UN Literacy Decade) and then of the Enhancing Learning initiative and coordinated a first series of studies in all regions on quality learning improvement.
Ms Malevri holds a BA on Business Administration and Sociology form the Deere College in Athens, Greece and a Maitrise and DEA ( from the University of Paris VIII on educational planning and a certificate on International Education from Paris V.