Audrey Azoulay elected as Director General of UNESCO

Oct 16, 2017 09:41 IST
Audrey Azoulay

Audrey Azoulay was on 14 October 2017 elected as the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO’s Executive Board voted 30 to 28 in favour of Azoulay against Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari. Her election will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on 10 November 2017.

The board's selection of Azoulay came the day after the United States announced that it intends to pull out of UNESCO because of its alleged anti-Israel bias.

Once confirmed by UNESCO's 195-member General Assembly, Azoulay will succeed outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria.

Azoulay will become the second French leader of the UNESCO after Rene Maheu, who was UNESCO's Director General from 1961-74.

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About Audrey Azoulay
•Azoulay was born in Paris in 1972 to a Moroccan Jewish family from Essaouira.
•She is the daughter of Andre Azoulay, who served as an advisor to King Hassan II and now to King Mohammed VI.
•She was appointed as French Minister of Culture in 2014.
•Azoulay also served as French President François Hollande’s cultural advisor.

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