Irina Bokova

ISC Patron and Co-chair of the International Science Council’s Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability

Former Director-General of UNESCO, Bulgaria

Irina Georgieva Bokova is a Bulgarian politician and the former Director-General of UNESCO (2009–2017). During her political and diplomatic career in Bulgaria, she served, among others, two terms as a member of the National parliament, and deputy minister of foreign affairs and minister of foreign affairs ad interim under Prime Minister Zhan Videnov. She also served as Bulgaria’s ambassador to France and to Monaco, and was Bulgaria’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Bokova was also the personal representative of Bulgaria’s President to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (2005–2009).

Irina Bokova is an ISC Patron and co-Chair of the Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability.

Photo credit: UNESCO/Nora Houguenade

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