Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015

NICHOLAS BURNETT - Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO
Nicholas Burnett was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education on 5 September 2007.

Mr. Burnett has spent his entire career working on developing and transition countries, much of it on Africa. At the World Bank (1983-2000), he was responsible from 1989 to 1993 for analytical work and projects in education in East Africa and also for the Bank’s global education sector strategy review in the mid-1990s (engaging the Bank for the first time in discussions with teacher unions). He then served from 1997 to 2000 as Human Development Sector Manager in West and Central Africa, where he successfully managed the World Bank’s education and health activities in 16 mainly francophone countries, with a project portfolio of some US$2 billion and a diverse staff in eight different geographical locations.

From 2001 to 2004, Mr Burnett managed his own international consulting firm, specializing in human development and strategic management, particularly on the interface between macro-economic policy and human development.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr Burnett was Director of UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report, where he maintained the Report’s editorial independence and high standards, solidified and broadened its extrabudgetary financing, enhanced its external communications, built partnerships with the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD and with the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, and developed extensive knowledge of all aspects of Education for All, including aid flows for basic education.