Oversight Advisory Committee

UNESCO’s Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC) is comprised of external independent members and advises the Director-General in fulfilling her oversight responsibilities and it reports annually to the Executive Board. Members are appointed for three-year terms and possess expertise in auditing, risk management and control, with one member being an expert in evaluation. More information on the OAC's responsibilities can be found in its Terms of Reference.

The selection process for the current membership included public solicitation of candidates in Le Monde and the Economist as well as notification of all Permanent Delegations to UNESCO of the application process.

Selection criteria centered on the relevant expertise of candidates, with gender and geographical balance among the membership given priority consideration. Recognizing that the OAC is comprised of five members, geographical balance is also managed and maintained through subsequent appointments as terms of incumbents come to an end and new members are appointed. 

The OAC members actually with expertise in auditing, risk management, control and evaluation are:

Ms Mona BISHAY (Egypt/Australia): Dr. Mona Bishay is a Development Economist with over 30 years of professional experience. In the course of her career, she lectured in International Economics and Development at the University of Western Australia, and provided numerous policy advices to public institutions and UN Organizations. She held senior staff positions at the UN International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD), including Senior Evaluator, Deputy Director of the IFAD's Office of Evaluation, and Director of the Near East, North Africa and Europe Division. She is currently an Independent Senior Adviser and Quality Assessor for Country Programme and Corporate Level Evaluations of International Financial Institutions. She is also a Team Leader of multidisciplinary field Missions for the formulation, review and completion assessment of donor financed Agricultural development and poverty reduction programmes. Her professional activities have covered membership and co-chairmanship of Boards of Trustees of International Research Institutions, Chairmanship of Audit and Finance Committees, Advisory assignments with the CGIAR and provision of pro-bono consultations to Development NGOs and Humanitarian Institutions.

Mr Saad BOUNJOUA (Morocco/United States of America): Mr. Bounjoua is a Certified Internal Auditor and was a Board Member of the New York Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors in 2011-2012.   He is also a Graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).  He started his career at a Big Four Accounting Firm in Paris and New York where he was a Managing Director, advising companies on internal audit and risk management.  He is currently Vice President, Finance at a Global Medical Technology Company, after serving as its Chief Audit Executive for 2 years. 

Mr Jonathan BREUL (United States of America): Mr Breul is a member of the International Research Group on Policy and Evaluation (INTEVAL).  He chairs the US Government Performance Coalition and is also affiliated with numerous significant associations in the field of public administration.  During his career, Mr Breul has held a wide range of positions in financial management, evaluation and planning, performance management, and research. He has worked for the US government and a multinational technology and consulting firm. He is now teaching in Georgetown University.

Mr Jayantilal KARIA (Uganda): Mr Karia is a senior manager and financial advisor with solid experience in management, audit & oversight, accounting and finance & budget. During a career spanning over 40 years at the United Nations and other International Organizations in senior positions, he has simultaneously and successfully handled complex multiple assignments with positive results bringing about significant efficiencies and savings. Currently he serves on a number of oversight bodies, providing advice on policies affecting financial and management issues, internal audit and investigations, external audit, accountability, evaluation and ethics as well as effectiveness of systems of internal control, risk managment and control.

Ms Hilary WILD, Chairperson (United Kingdom):  Ms Wild is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is a member of the Board of ICARDA and chair of the audit and finance committee. She is an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the CGIAR Consortium. She gained extensive experience advising chief executives on oversight and risk management while serving as a member of oversight committees at UNDP, ILO and WMO. Her professional career encompasses senior financial management roles in investment banking and asset management as well as in UNICEF and WHO

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