The International Jury for the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education is appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of their reputation in the advancement of education for girls and women, and with consideration for equitable geographical distribution and gender balance.
Composed of five independent and recognized experts, the jury meets once every year to assess nominations to the Prize and presents its recommendations to the Director-General of UNESCO.
The five members of the Jury have served their initial two-year term and have been reappointed for the 2018/2020 period:
Africa - Ms Aïcha Bah Diallo (Guinea)
Ms Aïcha Bah Diallo is a founding member of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and is known as a champion for girls’ and women’s education. She is the Chair of the Africa Network Campaign for Education for All, Aide et Action International, and is member of the Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, among other key roles she has taken to lower barriers related to education for girls and women. As the Minister of Education in Guinea (1990-1996), she pioneered a program that boosted the enrolment of girls in schools from 113,000 to 233,000.
Arab States - Ms Hayat Sindi (Saudi Arabia)
Dr Sindi is the Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. She founded the i2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity to foster innovation among youth in STEM fields, and co-founded Diagnostics for All, a social enterprise serving the developing world. She became the first woman from the Gulf States to earn a Ph.D. in the field of biotechnology, and the first woman appointed to the Shura Council, Saudi Arabia’s highest consultative body. Dr Sindi is also a member of the UN Scientific Advisory Board and the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism.
Asia and the Pacific - Ms Zheping Xie (China)
Dr Xie is an author and an Associate Professor of Education at the Research Institute for Education, as well as the Deputy Director of Policy Research Office at Tsinghua University in China. Before joining the university, she worked at the EU-China Higher Education Cooperation Programme and at Renmin University of China, and was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Along with seasoned expertise, her current research focuses on education in global governance.
Europe and North America - Mr Maxime Forest (France)
Mr Forest is an associate researcher at CEVIPOF-SciencesPo and a senior researcher and lecturer in gender studies at SciencesPo (OFCE-PRESAGE) where he holds the role of principal evaluator of the EU-funded SUPERA project. He has been an executive member of the French High Council for Gender Equality from 2013 to 2019. Mr Forest brings expertise across the EU and Latin America in the areas of gender equality and policy analysis, including gender training instruments, and social innovation and policy change projects.
Latin America and the Caribbean - Ms Gloria Bonder (Argentina)
Prof. Bonder is the Director for the Postgraduate Programme on Gender, Society and Policies at FLACSO University in Argentina. She also holds the UNESCO Regional Chair for Women, Science and Technology in Latin America and she is the coordinator of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender. Since 2014, she coordinates the LAC Focal Point of GenderInSITE. Prof. Bonder is distinguished by UNESCO as one of 60 women worldwide to have collaborated to advance the Organization’s mandate, representing the voices, aspirations and visions of many women in the world.