Elected Director-General of UNESCO in 2017, Audrey Azoulay has launched a vast Strategic Transformation program for the organization, with a view to positioning UNESCO at the heart of emerging challenges in the 21st century. This includes several flagship projects to protect cultural heritage, to achieve quality education for all, as well as to defend UNESCO’s role as a global laboratory of ideas.
After successfully completing her studies at the École Nationale d’Administration, Azoulay graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. She also holds a Diploma of Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (United Kingdom).
As the French Minister of Culture, she took action to protect endangered heritage. She also worked to widen children’s access to culture by launching artistic and cultural education programs.
Azoulay is committed to positioning UNESCO as a platform for humanist cooperation, as a standard-setting body and as an agency of experts that helps to disseminate knowledge and expertise throughout the world to the greatest number of people.
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