Dr. Jean- Pierre Ilboudo was appointed Head of Office of the UNESCO Windhoek Office and UNESCO Representative to Namibia and assumed his duties on 10 March 2015.Born in Bougouriba, south west of Burkina Faso, Dr. Ilboudo is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Social Communication) obtained in 1980, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Information and Sciences (1981), a Diplôme d’études approfondies (1982) and a PhD obtained in 1992 in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Bordeaux III.Dr. Ilboudo has extensive professional experience in Communications, Development and Journalism both at the international and national level. He also has UN experience having worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome (from 1992 to 2006) as a Communication for Development Expert responsible for elaboration and implementation of communication programmes and projects in French-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Africa, a Regional Communication Adviser for West and Central Africa and served as Officer-in-Charge for the FAO Communication for Development Group in the Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE) from 2002 to 2006. Prior to joining UNESCO, Dr. Ilboudo was the Information and Communication Manager at the West and Central African Council for Research and Agricultural Development (CORAF) based in Dakar (August 2007 – June 2008). On June 2008, Dr. Ilboudo was appointed Regional Adviser for Communication and Information in
Central Africa in the UNESCO Office in Yaoundé (Cameroon) and in January 2011, he was appointed in the Liaison Office of UNESCO to African Union Commission (AUC) and to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa as Advisor for Communication and information where he worked until his appointment in August 2012 to the UNESCO Office in Dakar.While in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Senegal, Dr. Ilboudo was involved in building a very strong relationship between culture and communication and between education and communication. Dr. Ilboudo has actively taken part in the UN Reform processes by contributing to the drafting, planning, implementation and evaluation of the CCA/UNDAF exercises.Dr. Ilboudo combines a solid experience at programme level with sound managerial skills and experience. His experience and knowledge of a multisectoral approach of programming in the field, his managerial training and experience demonstrated in the course of the interim duties (OIC) entrusted to him in Yaoundé, Addis and Dakar, made him a candidate of choice for the post of Head and UNESCO Representative to Namibia.As the Head of office in Windhoek, Dr. Ilboudo oversees the implementation of activities that cover all UNESCO’s areas of competence: education, sciences, culture, communication and information.Dr. Ilboudo is married with 3 children.