High-Level Steering Committee Members 2022-2023

Member States and Regional Organisations

Ex Officio Member 

UNESCO 

Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General (Leaders Group co-Chair)

Ms Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education (Sherpa Group co-Chair)

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Western European and North American States 

France 

H.E. Mr Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports of the French Republic 

Ms Nathalie Nikitenko, Delegate for European and International Relations and Cooperation

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Portugal 

H.E. Mr Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, Minister of Education of the Portuguese Republic

Mr Pedro Abrantes, Deputy Director of the Directorate-General of Education and Science Statistics, Ministry of Education

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European Commission 

Ms Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships 

Mr Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General DG INTPA

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Eastern European States 

Latvia 

H.E. Ms Anita Muižniece, Minister Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia

Ms Laura Treimane, Counsellor for Education and Science Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to OECD and UNESCO

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Slovenia 

H.E. Ms Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia

Mr Aleš Ojsteršek, Education Development and Quality Office, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

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Council of Europe 

Mr Matjaz Gruden, Director of Democratic Participation

Mr Villano Qiriazi, Head of the Education Department

Latin-American and Caribbean States 

Argentina 

H.E. Mr Jaime Perczyk, Minister of Education of the Argentine Republic

Ms Marina Larrea, National Director of International Cooperation

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Colombia 

H.E. Ms Maria Victoria Angulo, Minister of National Education of the Republic of Colombia

Mr Santiago Fernandez de Soto, Director of International Affairs and Cooperation, Ministry of Education

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Organization of Ibero‐American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI)

Mr Mariano Jabonero Blanco, Secretary-General

Ms Tamara Díaz, Director of the Education Sector

Asian and Pacific States 

China 

H.E. Mr Huai Jinpeng, Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China

Mr Qin Changwei, Secretary-General, Chinese National Commission for UNESCO

Bangladesh 

H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni M.P., Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Mr. Khondker Mohammad Talha, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (Designate) of Bangladesh to UNESCO

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Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

H.E. Mr Chan Chung Sing, Minister of Education Singapore and SEAMEO Council President

Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat 

African States 

Côte d’Ivoire

H.E. Ms Mariatou Kone, Minister of National Education and Literacy of Côte d'Ivoire

M. Kouassi Kouakou Eloi Noël, Inspector and Head of Education, Technical Advisor to the Minister of National Education and Literacy

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Sierra Leone - HLSC co-Chair

H.E. Mr Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone (Leaders Group co-Chair)

H.E. Mr David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (Sherpa Group co-Chair)

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African Union

H.E. Prof. Mohamed Belhocine, Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)

Mr Hambani Masheleni, Ag. Head of Education Division

Arab States 

Jordan 

H.E Prof. Wajih Oweis, Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research of the Kingdom of Jordan

Ms Ibtisam Ayoub, Secretary General, Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science

Morocco 

H.E. Mr Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, President of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco

Mr Adil Bajja, Director of Strategy, Statistics and Planning

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ALECSO 

Mr Mohamed Ould Amar, Director General

Ms Afifa Zayadi, ALESCO representative to UNESCO

Multilateral Organisations/Banks/Funds

GPE 

Mr Charles North, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ms Margarita Focas Licht, Manager, Partnerships Team and Acting Deputy CEO

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OECD 

Mr Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General

Mr Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General

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UNICEF 

Ms Henrietta Fore, Executive Director

Mr Rob Jenkins, Assistant Executive Director Education 

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World Bank 

Ms Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy & Partnerships

Mr Jaime Saavedra, Global Director Education 

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Development Cooperation (Donor) Representative

Spain 

H.E. Mr José Manuel Albares Bueno, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

Ms María Pilar Moreno Fernández, Head of Unit, Decentralized Cooperation and Education, DG for Sustainable Development Policies, State Secretariat for International Cooperation

Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030 

Mr Refat Sabbah, President, Global Campaign for Education

Ms Helen Dabu, Secretary General, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education

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Teacher Organization Representative - Education International 

Mr David Edwards, General Secretary

Ms Antonia Wulff, Director of the Research, Policy and Advocacy Unit

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Foundations and Private Sector Representative 

Mr Simon Sommer, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Jacobs Foundation

Ms Camilla Croso, Director, Higher Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations 

Youth and Student Representative 

Ms Ellen Dixon (Interim), SDG4Youth Interim Council Member, Global Student Forum Steering Committee (Pacific region)

Standing invitations to attend HLSC Leadership Group meetings

The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth