Former Director a.i. of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
David Atchoarena is the Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems at UNESCO. His Division covers education policies, higher education, adult and vocational education and training, and ICT in education.
Before joining UNESCO Headquarters, Mr Atchoarena worked at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). At the Institute, he conducted research and capacity-building programmes in the fields of educational planning, lifelong learning, technical and vocational education, and higher education. He also contributed to the development of the capacities of officials from ministries of education as the head of the Training and Education Programmes Unit of IIEP.
Prior to working for UNESCO, Mr Atchoarena served as Chargé de Mission at the National Agency for Lifelong Education of the French Ministry of Education and as a project coordinator in the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Saint Lucia.
Mr Atchoarena is a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK) and holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.