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Sheldon Shaeffer, Director UNESCO Bangkok

Sheldon Shaeffer

Mr. Shaeffer took up his duties at UNESCO Bangkok between 15 June 2001 and 31 December 2008.

A citizen of Canada, Mr Shaeffer holds a B.A. in History (1967), an M.A. degree in Anthropology (1974) and a Ph.D. in International Development Education (1979) from Stanford University.

Mr Shaeffer has worked in several positions in the area of education, notably as a teacher in a government secondary school in Sarawak (Malaysia) (1968-1969), as a lecturer in the Faculty for Teacher Training at Pattimura University in Ambon, Indonesia (1970-1971), as a teaching assistant in a graduate programme for South-East Asian educators and for courses in non-formal education at Stanford University (1972-1974) and as the programme officer for education and culture at the Ford Foundation in Jakarta (1975-1977).

Since 1980, Mr Shaeffer has worked in several international organizations. From 1980 to 1990 he served as Associate Director of the Social Sciences Division at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa where he was in charge of the Population, Education  and Society Programme.

He then served as a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris (1990-1993).

Beginning in 1994 Mr Shaeffer worked with UNICEF, first as regional education advisor in Bangkok (1994-1998) and then as chief of the Education Section at Headquarters in New York (1998-2001).

Mr. Shaeffer has published and co-edited a number of books and journal articles in the field of education.

UNESCO Bangkok Director Reflects on Life in the UN and Beyond (pdf, 145KB)