Sobhi Tawil joined UNESCO in 2002 after a career with diverse institutions and organizations including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva), the Northern Education Policy Research Review and Advisory Group (NORRAG), as well as the International Institute for Higher Education (Rabat). He has experience in education policy analysis, research in basic education and development, planning, curriculum reform, as well as in conflict and social cohesion. Within UNESCO, Sobhi Tawil initially worked as head of the Capacity Building Programme for Curriculum Development at the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva, as Education Programme Specialist at the Rabat Cluster Office (2005-2010), and as Chief of the Education Policy Analysis and Strategies Section (2010). Since December 2010, Sobhi Tawil is Senior Programme Specialist for Education Research and Foresight.
Mr. Tawil holds a PhD in Education and Development and a Diplôme d'études supérieures (DES) in development studies from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva), as well as a Masters in Comparative Education from the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Geneva.