The UIS is the statistical office of UNESCO and the United Nations’ depository for global statistics in the fields of education, science and technology, culture, and communication.
The Institute is an autonomous organization within UNESCO. This functional autonomy safeguards the Institute’s independence in developing and disseminating the accurate and policy-relevant data needed in today’s increasingly complex and changing social, political and economic environments.
The UIS has its own Governing Board that consists of 12 international experts, representing users and producers of statistics from different regions and international organizations.
The Board's primary tasks are to define UIS policy and broad functions, as well as to approve the yearly Institutional programme and budget. The Board also monitors, evaluates and provides guidance on the Institute's operations.
UIS Governing Board members:
Members designated by UNESCO's Director-General:
- Ms Grace BEDIAKO* (Ghana), Consultant, National Development Plannning Commission of Ghana (2013).
- Ms Elizabeth KING (the Philippines), Director of Education, Human Development Network of the World Bank (2013).
- Ms Sylvia Irene SCHMELKES DEL VALLE (Mexico), Director, Research Institute for Development of Education, Universidad Iberoamericana (2013).
Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim AL-THANI (Qatar), President of the Qatar Statistical Authority (2015).
Mr Lennart NORDSTRÖM (Sweden), Director of International Cooperation Office at the Swedish National Board of Trade (2015).
Mr Mark SCHNEIDER (USA), Vice-President of the American Institute for Research (2015).
Members elected by the UNESCO General Conference:
- Mr Talal AL-RAHBI (Oman), Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning of Oman (2013).
Mr Yvon FORTIN (Canada), independent consultant (2013).
Mr Collins OMONDI OPIYO (Kenya), Technical Advisor, Census, United Nations Population Fund, Tanzania country office(2013).
Mr Azam ABDULLAEV (Uzbekistan), Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Uzbekistan to UNESCO (2015).
Mr Rangachar GOVINDA (India), Vice Chancellor of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, Director of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (2015).
Mr Pablo TACTUK (Dominican Republic), Director of the National Statistical Office (ONE) (2015).
*Ms Grace Bediako is the Chair of the Governing Board.
Former Chairs of the Governing Board: