Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope is the Director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) since July 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA and a CCE from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Within UNESCO, she has held several director positions including the Director of the Division for Basic to Higher Education and Learning. Prior to UNESCO, her work experience includes the World Bank, university teaching, academic networks, and consultancy services to governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies. She is on advisory boards of diverse public and private sector institutions. Her publications cover a wide range of areas in education. She is also an award winning Setswana novelist. As the Director of the IBE her resolve is to propel the Bureau towards critical acclaim as the Global Center of Excellence in Curriculum and related matters.