Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe is born in Beirut in 1959. She is a diplomat with over two decades of in-depth experience in multilateral diplomacy and international relations.

Her broad knowledge of the design and structure of international organizations gives Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe international-level recognition as an authority on the UN system. In January 2016, she became a member of the “Independent Team of Advisors” established by the Economic Social and Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), to formulate recommendations on the long term positioning of the United Nations Development System. She also teaches at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University a Master 2 level seminar entitled “International Institutions and Organizations”.

Since 1996 she has driven in UNESCO a tireless agenda for focus and the strengthening of governance and effectiveness, which contributed to the Organization’s ambition to remain relevant in a changing world. Today she is regarded as a leading authority on UNESCO.

Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe, who embodies the highest ethical standards, will vigorously pursue UNESCO’s value adding activities with a real impact. She believes in UNESCO’s fundamental contribution and relevance to building a global mind-set for peace and progress.

Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe is a politically astute negotiator and effective consensus builder. She has a track record of imparting gravitas to political roles and has headed multiple delegations to ministerial meetings and chaired numerous intergovernmental committees.

Her reputation for leadership has merited the respect of her peers. Consistently, she has been chosen to lead teams on reform of the Organization and other politically sensitive issues. She leads through engagement, persuasion and diplomacy. Her results indicate the strength of her inspiring leadership as well as her political judiciousness.