Office of the Assistant Director-General for Education

Last update: June 13, 2022
Stefania Giannini
Stefania
Giannini
Assistant Director-General for Education

Ms Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encompassed in Sustainable Development Goal 4.

During her term, she has given fresh impetus to multilateral and bilateral partnerships, including through the establishment of the Multilateral Education Platform; increased global focus on education’s ethical role in providing learners with the skills to respond to 21st century challenges; heightened attention to the responsibility of universities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and fostered closer relations between education, culture and the social and natural sciences.

She affirmed UNESCO’s leadership in the context of the COVID-19 response, the most profound disruption to education in recent history, through global evidence, guidance, policy dialogue and collaborative work with UN partners to support countries and jointly advocate for prioritizing education in the recovery. She has encouraged mission-oriented approaches with public and private partners to build resilience and reimagine education, including through the Global Education Coalition.  

With an academic background in the Humanities, Ms Giannini has served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first and youngest women to hold this position in Italy. As Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and cultural awareness. She has also been closely involved in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

Jennifer
Lim-Dajczman
Senior Secretarial Assistant

Future of Learning and Innovation Team

Sobhi
Tawil
Director of Future of Learning and Innovation Team
Fengchun
Miao
Chief of Unit for Technology and AI in Education

Communications Team

Cynthia
Guttman
Chief of Section for the Communications Team
Anne
Muller
Chief of Unit for Knowledge Management Services

Global Education Monitoring Report Team

Manos
Antonionis
Director of the GEM Report
Anna
d’Addio
Thematic Research Lead, GEM Report
Kate
Redman
Communications and Advocacy Lead, GEM Report
Dmitri
Davydov
Partnerships and Operations Lead, GEM Report

Executive Office

Astrid
Gillet
Chief of Executive Office, Education Sector
Maimouna
Niang
Senior Secretarial Assistant
Shashank
Shekhar
Chief a.i. of Unit for Financial Management and Administrative Support
Katja
Konkola
Chief of Unit for Human Resources
Anne
Coupez
Chief of Unit for Strategic Planning, Monitoring, Institute and Field Coordination

Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems

Borhene
Chakroun
Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems
Gwang Chol
Chang
Chief of Section of Education Policy
Hervé
Huot-Marchand
Chief of Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development
Carlos
Vargas-Tamez
Chief of Section of Teacher Development (Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers)

Division for Peace and Sustainable Development

Vibeke
Jensen
Director of Division for Peace and Sustainable Development
Alexander
Leicht
Chief of Section of Education for Sustainable Development
Cecilia
Barbieri
Chief of Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education
Christopher
Castle
Chief of Section of Health and Education
Julie
Saito
Chief of Unit for ASPnet

Division for Education 2030

Maki
Katsuno-Hayashikawa
Director of Division for Education 2030
Lily
Neyestani-Hailu
Chief of Section for SDG 4 Leadership
Justine
Sass
Chief of Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality
Yayoi
Segi-Vltchek
Chief of Section of Migration, Displacement, Emergencies and Education
Peter
Wells
Chief of Section of Higher Education