Mr Chérif Khaznadar (France) President
UNESCO–Sharjah Laureate for 2010, Mr Chérif Khaznadar has been widely honored for his work as a promoter of intercultural dialogue, or as he has described it, as a ‘cultural smuggler’ across Mediterranean communities. Much of his work has been executed through his posts as President (since 2007) and Director (1982–2007) of the World Cultures Institute in Paris. He simultaneously serves as Vice-President of the French National Commission for UNESCO ((2010-2014), President of the Culture Committee of this Commission (1997-2014) and as a French government expert for Intangible Cultural Heritage (since 2002). Since 2009 he has been working as the Director of the project ‘Centre d’Al Aïn pour les musiques dans le monde de l’Islam’ (Abu Dhabi). Furthermore, he was President of the second session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2008–2010). He has also worked as a cultural journalist and studied at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon).
Ambassador Mary M. Khimulu holds a PhD in Human Behaviour and Leadership (Management), Masters in Management & Organisation Development and BSC Business Administration,(Magna Cum Laude). She is currently serving as -Global Honorary Associate-World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS); Trustee Member of UNESCO Category 2 Institute the Africa World Heritage Fund (South Africa); Advisory Board Member of the Nigeria /UNESCO Category 2 Institute for Africa Culture and International Understanding, Board Member and Bureau Member of UNESCO (Management of Social Transformations Programme and UNESCO IPDF- International Fund for the Protection of Culture). She is also the Vice-President for Africa Group of the UNESCO Inter-governmental Council (IGC) of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme. Formerly she was the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Kenya to UNESCO, Paris, France. She also served as President Africa Group of 53 Member States, President, Commonwealth Group; President Eastern Africa Group and 3 times Vice-President during UNESCO General Conferences amongst other leadership roles. Holds the title Moran of the Burning Spear,(M.B.S.) National honour by Kenya H.E. President in December 2011.
Ambassador Rebeca Sánchez Bello currently holds the position of Ambassador, Alternate Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. Formerly, she was the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. She previously served as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Mali from 2002 to 2007. Founder, Executive Director and President of OPEC’s Center for Studies (CENTROPEP, Caracas) from 1984 to 2001, Ms. Ambassador Rebeca Sánchez Bello has taken part over the years in actively promoting art and culture in OPEC member countries, through the organization of many intercultural events between the Arab World, Africa and Latin America. She was also, from 1994 to 1995, Coordinator for the UNESCO Latin America Research Project "Contribution of the Arab-Islamic Civilization to Latin American Cultures through Spain and Portugal (ACALAPI)." In 2001 she was appointed as Executive Coordinator of the "Latin-American and Caribbean meeting on the dialogue of civilizations" to mark the United Nations International Year of Dialogue among Civilizations. She has also been Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV, Caracas) from 1991 to 1996, and a thesis Director on the subject "Cultures and Arab-Islamic Societies ", from 1990 to 1998 at the UCV. H.E. Ms. Rebeca Sánchez Bello holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) from the Institute for the Study of Economic and Social Development (IEDES, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne), a Master’s in Planning and Development from Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Development, and a Diploma of Law from the Central University of Venezuela (Caracas).
Dr María Elisa Velázquez Gutiérrez (Mexico) Vice-President