Yolanda Valle-Neff in Office

©UNESCO - Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director

Since April 2012, by decision of the Director-General of UNESCO, Yolanda Valle-Neff is the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).

She is leading a team of 30 people in Venice and Sarajevo.

Yolanda Valle-Neff joined UNESCO in 2002, as Director of Budget. Beyond her responsibilities in this position, she had particular responsibility also for representing the Organization in the UN Chief Executive Board’s High-Level Committee on Management (CEB-HLCM). In this capacity, she notably chaired a Working Group on the Cost Recovery Policy and participated in interagency missions on transaction costs in the framework of the Delivering as One initiative. From mid-2010, she was a Special Advisor on issues pertaining to UN reform.

Prior to joining UNESCO, Yolanda Valle-Neff worked for the French Red Cross as Director of Finance (2000-2002) and for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in a variety of positions from 1988-2000, eventually serving as Director of Budget and Finance Service (1996-2000) where she was responsible for budget and strategic planning, accounting and treasury, as well as for all financial information management systems. She has also worked with Bistrial (1987-1988), Kraft Foods France (1979-1987) and began her career in 1978 with Coopers & Lybrand, the International Chartered Accountants.

Born in 1952, Yolanda Valle-Neff holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Paris X (1974) and an MBA in Economics and Finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1977). She is a member of various professional associations and has lectured and delivered seminars on financial management, economics and finance. She also served as the elected Vice-President of the Finance Commission of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (2001-2005) in a voluntary capacity.

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