(Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO)
IBE Director 2014 – 2020; Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope assumed the role of Director of the IBE on 15 July 2014. Previously, she held several posts at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris including the Director of the Division for Basic to Higher Education and Learning.
Over three decades of her experience in education includes 10 years at the World Bank, 11 years teaching at the University of Botswana, two years as Executive Secretary of ERNESA (Educational Research Network in Eastern and Southern Africa), and extensive consultancy and advisory services to Ministries of Education, Regional Economic Communities, ADEA (Association for the Development of Education in Africa), bilateral and multilateral agencies, and education research networks.
Through her career, Dr Marope built extensive experience in all levels of education and training; both formal and non-formal education; basic research; policy research and policy dialogue; education sector analysis; development of sector reform programs responsive to national economic and social development challenges; capacity assessment including the design and implementation of capacity development programs; monitoring and evaluation; program impact assessment; resource mobilization; efficient resource utilization; building and engendering international partnerships for sector development; and business development. She is reputed for her contribution and leadership in establishing professional communities of practice as well as strengthening their capacities, including the mentoring and training of junior researchers and professionals.
Her publications cover a wide range of areas including: education and national development; skills development, shared growth and competitiveness; education and poverty reduction; education sector analyses; education policy, planning and management; capacity development; strategic partnerships for education development; innovation and best practices in education; women in higher education; early childhood care and education; curriculum; teaching; and award-winning Setswana novels.