Dr. Saadia Beatriz Sanchez Vegas was appointed Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean based in Kingston, Jamaica on September 1, 2020. Her regional mandate covers twenty (20) countries and territories in the English and Dutch-speaking sub-region of the Caribbean.
Prior to this, she served as Director of the UNESCO Office in Quito and Representative to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela from February 10, 2014 until August 31, 2020.
Saadia Sanchez is a sociologist with a degree from the University of Zulia (Venezuela), a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University (USA) and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California at Berkeley (USA).
As an experienced senior manager with more than 20 years of practice, she has had an extensive career in management, technical cooperation and international relations.
Saadia Sanchez served as Director of the Information and Knowledge Network Division of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA). In this capacity, she contributed to developed intersectoral technical cooperation and networking, and led relevant initiatives on ICT for development and social inclusion, strengthening digital regional integration based upon knowledge sharing, exchange of good practices and innovation.
Besides further management positions in the public and private sector, she was Director-General of the National Library and the National Network of Public Libraries Autonomous Institute (IABN – Venezuela). Regarding her academic endeavor, she has been an adviser on the design of various Masters Programmes on Knowledge and Digital Technology Management, a graduate adviser and a guest professor for over 15 years.
In her new assignment as Director of UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Ms. Sanchez is committed to exercise strategic and operational leadership to advocate for the Caribbean Small Island Developing States, SIDS as UNESCO´s priority. To focus on the delivery of technical support under high standards and grounded on human rights, aligned with sub-regional and national priorities in the framework of the COVID-19 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
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Dr. Saadia Sanchez
Director and Representative
UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean