Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council

The IGC Bureau consists of the President of the IGC, 6 Vice-Presidents (one from each region) and a Rapporteur.

For the current period 2015-2017, the MOST IGC Bureau is composed as follows:

President: H.E. Ms Dato’Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia, and Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Batang Lupar constituency in Sarawak

Vice-Presidents:

  • Africa: Cameroon
    Ms Helen Manka Ntonifor, VP, Senior Lecturer, University of Buea
  • Arab States: Egypt
    Ms Amal El Anwar, Chief of the Department of French Language and Literature, Faculty of Art, Mansoura University
  • Asia and the Pacific: Thailand
    Mr Surichai Wun'gaeo, Professsor, Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University
  • Europe and North America: Turkey
    Mr Akif Kireçci, Associate Professor, Bilkent University
  • Eastern Europe: Slovakia
    Mr Ľubomir Faltan, Head of the Slovak MOST National Committee and Senior Researcher and Director of the Sociology Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina
    H.E. Ms Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development of Argentina

Rapporteur: Mr Normand Labrie, Full Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and delegate of the Fonds de recherche du Québec


The MOST Intergovernmental Council (IGC) is composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO, elected by the General Conference. The Council convenes every two years and establishes the priority areas to be researched, decides on overall policy and funding questions, and handles the relations with governmental authorities.

The IGC Bureau, in cooperation with the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), discusses the issue-driven pertinence of projects and approves the competence and expertise of researchers and policy formulators involved.

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