Prof. Georges Haddad

Director of Education Research and Foresight (ED/ERF), Education Sector, UNESCO


Born in 1951, Georges Haddad, a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, holds an M.A. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Paris VII and a D.E.A. (postgraduate diploma) in Mathematics from the University of Paris VI.  He holds the Agrégation in Mathematics and a Doctorat d’Etat in Mathematical Sciences. 

Professor Haddad started his career as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Tours (1975-1976), then moved to the University of Paris-Dauphine (1976-1983).  From 1983 to 1984, he took up the position of Lecturer at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne. Appointed Professor in 1984 at the University of Nice, he has since been Professor at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne. He was President of the latter University from 1989 to 1994, and also Chairman of the French Conference of University Presidents from 1992 to 1994. He is currently Honorary President of the University Panthéon-Sorbonne. He chaired the Steering Committee of the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (1994-1999), and was a member of the Task Force on Higher Education in Developing Countries (World Bank-UNESCO) (1998-2000).

He founded the Marin Mersenne research laboratory for mathematics, informatics and interdisciplinary applications and is a member of several scientific and educational councils. Professor Haddad has been awarded prestigious honorary distinctions and is the author of a large number of publications on education, science and society. He took up the position of Director of UNESCO’s Division of Higher Education in April 2004, and since December 2010 he has been leading the Education Research and Foresight in the Education Sector of UNESCO.