Mr. Khalil Mahshi

Position: Director of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning
Country: France
Since August 2010, Khalil Mahshi has been the Director of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). He held previously the position of IIEP Deputy Director (2008-2010). Mr Mahshi first joined IIEP in January 2001 as Programme Specialist in the Technical Assistance and Sector Planning Unit which he later headed (2005-2009). 

In this capacity he was responsible for initiating IIEP’s programme on planning education in post-conflict and post-disaster (PCPD) situations, and for assisting UNESCO Member States with formulating education sector plans and institutional capacity development. With regards to PCPD, he worked extensively in a number of countries, especially Afghanistan and Cambodia. He also assisted a number of countries in formulating sector-wide education strategic plans, such as Egypt and Palestine. 

Mr Mahshi is a staunch advocate of a capacity development approach that combines skills transfer and learning-by-doing – an approach whereby countries develop their competences in educational planning hands-on. Under his leadership, IIEP’s field operations portfolio has been growing steadily. 

Immediately before joining IIEP, Mr Mahshi helped set up the Palestinian Authority’s first Ministry of Education, and contributed to its development and promotion as Director-General of Public and International Relations (1994-2000). Previous positions also include: Chairman of the Department of Education and Psychology and Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Birzeit University (1975-1986); and Director of Ramallah Friends' Schools (1986-1994).

Mr Mahshi holds an MEd in Physics Education and a BSc in Physics from the American University of Beirut.