Governing Board
Dr. Karan Singh

Dr. Karan Singh

Member of the Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India

Dr. Karan Singh is a member of India's Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha. He is a senior member of the Indian National Congress Party who served successively as Sadr-i-Riyasat and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Singh received the Padma Vibhushan in 2005.

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba

Member, Nepalese Constituent Assembly, Nepal

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba is a Nepalese politician and a social worker. She is a member of Nepalese Constituent Assembly from Nepali Congress and runs numerous social organizations with a special interest in the empowerment of women in Nepal. For the past two decades, advocacy for conservation and sustainable development has been her passion. As a social scientist and Regional Councillor she has served to further this cause.

Dr. Kristian Berg Harpviken

Dr. Kristian Berg Harpviken

Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway

Dr. Kristian Berg Harpviken is a Norwegian sociologist and researcher, and since 2009 director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is a sociologist from the University of Oslo and has also worked on civil society, transnationalism, political mobilization as well as a variety of issues related to post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding. He is the leader of the working group on Transnational and International Facets of Civil War within PRIO's Centre for the Study of Civil War.

Ms. Susan Hopgood

Ms. Susan Hopgood

President, Education International, Belgium

Susan Hopgood is both President of Education International (EI) and the Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union (AEU). Susan has held a number of positions in the education union, such as branch general secretary, AEU federal women’s officer, and deputy federal secretary. She was elected federal secretary of the AEU in 2006, the first woman to achieve that position.

Mr. Koichiro Matsuura

Mr. Koichiro Matsuura

Corporate Auditor and Former Director General of UNESCO

Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura is a Japanese diplomat. He was appointed on 12 November 1999 to serve a six-year term as Director-General of UNESCO by the Organization's General Conference. Posts held by Mr. Matsuura include those of Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988); Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990); and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. He has also served as the Chairperson of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee for one year, until November 1999.

Ms. Virginia Miralao

Ms. Virginia Miralao

Secretary General, UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines

Dr. Virginia Miralao is currently the Secretary-General of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. Prior to this, she headed the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) as its Executive Director and came to be involved in the programmes and activities of UNESCO's Social and Human Sciences Sector. Dr. Miralao has also worked with the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.

Ms. Roza Otunbayeva

Ms. Roza Otunbayeva

Former President, Kyrgyzstan

Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva served as the President of Kyrgyzstan from 7 April 2010 until 1 December 2011. She previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Deputy Head of Government of the Soviet Kyrgyz Republic before being invited to the Soviet Foreign Ministry in Moscow and later working as President of the Soviet National Commission of UNESCO. She currently heads The Roza Otunbayeva International Foundation.

Dr. Aung Tun Thet

Dr. Aung Tun Thet

Economic Advisor to the President, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet is the President's Economic Advisor and also a member of the President's National Economic and Social Advisory Council, Member of Myanmar Investment Commission, Advisor of Union of Myanmar Federation of Commerce and Industries, Member of Myanmar Press Council, Senior Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator's Office and a visiting Professor. Previously, he held various positions including Principal Officer, UN System Staff College, Turin, Italy; Senior Policy Advisor, UNICEF, New York, Dhaka and Bangkok; Director-General, Ministry of Health and Faculty Member, Institute of Economics, Yangon

Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri

Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri

Science Adviser to the Prime Minister, Malaysia

Dr. Zakri is the Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. His senior leadership roles include Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the United Nations University, Japan ; Chairman, Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity; Co-chair, ”Millennium Ecosystem Assessment”, and Member, Inter-Academy Council Committee reviewing the IPCC. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a Gold Medal Award from the Rotary Research Foundation and the Langkawi Award.

Dr. Tao Zhan

Dr. Tao Zhan

Director General, Education Management Information Centre, Ministry of Education, China

Dr. Tao Zhan is currently Director-General of the Educational Management Information Center of Ministry of Education in China. Dr. Zhan has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Shandong University. He was deputy dean of the Department of Mathematics and vice president of Shandong University. He is now the standing member of Chinese Association of Mathematics, deputy director of Young Scientist Association of China, Standing member of All China Youth Federation, vice president of Shandong Youth Federation, and board chairman of Shandong Association of Mathematics.

Vinay Sheel Oberoi

Vinay Sheel Oberoi

Secretary, Department of Higher Education (MHRD)

Mr. Vinay Sheel Oberoi, a 1979 batch IAS officer of Assam Meghalaya cadre, is presently Secretary, Department of Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). He was the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO. He has also served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Prof. Jandhyala B. G. Tilak

Prof. Jandhyala B. G. Tilak

Vice-Chancellor (National University of Educational Planning and Administration) NUEPA, New Delhi

Prof. Tilak is a Professor in Economics and Financing of Education. He holds a Ph.D. (Economics of Education) from the Delhi School of Economics. He was on the research and teaching faculty of the University of Delhi, Indian Institute of Education, University of Virginia and Hiroshima University, as well as research staff for the World Bank.

Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah

Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah

Director, UNESCO MGIEP

Dr. Duraiappah is a development environmental economist. He has written numerous articles and books on the economics of sustainable development and is a founding fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association and a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Duraiappah was the report director for the Inclusive Wealth Report released at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012. He is presently the founding director of UNESCO MGIEP.