Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić is Chief of the Higher Education Section at UNESCO. She was voted International Higher Education Professional of the Year 2009 by her peers in the International Community of Higher Education (Washington, D.C, January 2010). She studied at the Universities of Belgrade and the Sorbonne.
Prior to her 20 years of work in higher education at UNESCO, she was Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of Yugoslavia. Her work at UNESCO has included higher education reviews; recognition of qualifications and quality assurance, in particular the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention; the impact of globalization on higher education; the launch of the 2002 Global Forum on International Quality Assurance and the Recognition of Qualifications; the 2005 UNESCO/OECD Guidelines on Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education, the 2008 UNESCO-World Bank Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity (GIQAC), the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN programmes; the 2003-2011 UNESCO – Hewlett Packard (HP) partnership for the Brain Gain Initiative (BGI). She was the Executive Secretary for the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. She is also the Focal Point for the UNESCO-Commonwealth of Learning Partnership Agreement.