Friday, September 25, 2009

Do you agree with the choice of the Executive Board?

Comparison of the Final Two Candidates

For UNESCO Director General

Irina Bokova

Farouk Hosny

Experience Bringing Nations Together

As First Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affaris led in the integration of Bulgaria with the European Union

As Minister of Culture Opposed Normalization of Egyptian Cultural Relations with Israel


· Moscow State Institute of International Relations, MBA in international relation

· Jan. – Aug. 1989 USA University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs, Washington, Ford Foundation fellow, Program on the US foreign policy decision-making proces

· Sept. 1992 – Dec. 1994 NATO fellow, Program for Central and Eastern Europe on democratic institutions focusing on the national and legal mechanism for the protection of minorities

· Nov. – Dec. 1999 Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Exec

BA; Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Alexandria, 1964

Most Senior Position in Government

Candidate for Vice President

Foreign Minister

Minister of Culture

Diplomatic Experience

Foreign Minister

Ambassador to France

Cultural Attache

Cultural Councilor

Experience with UNESCO

Permanent Representative to UNESCO

Representative to the Executive Board

Counterpart for UNESCO projects in Egypt

Civil Society Experience

Feb. 1997 – June 2005 Founder and Chairperson of the European Policy Forum


Intellectual Accomplishments

  • Member of the Working Group on Enlargement with the Robert Schuman Institute of European Studies in Florence, Italy, addressing the geo-political implications of enlargement.
  • Bulgaria and Ethnic Tensions in the Balkans, Mediterranean Quarterly, January 1991
  • Monitoring Bulgaria’s Accession to the European Union, European Policy Forum, Annual publications 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Integration of South-Eastern Europe into the European Mainstream, Journal of South East and Black Sea Studies, October 2000
  • Einbahnstrasse EU-Erweiterung, Schüren Verlag, Marburg, Germany, September 2001
  • Numerous articles on foreign policy and European integration issues.
  • Internationally know artist
  • Director, Anfoushy Cultural Palace, Alexandria (1969-1971)
  • Director of the Egyptian Cultural Centre , Paris, France (1971-1978)
  • Director, Children's Cultural Centre, Cairo (1978-1979)
  • Deputy Director, Egyptian Arts Academy, Rome (1979-1982)
  • Director, Egyptian Art, Rome (1982-1987)
  • Part-time Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Soka Gakkai, Japan
  • Part-time Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University since 1999 till to-date


  • English – fluent
  • Russian – fluent
  • Spanish – fluent
  • French – fluent
  • Bulgarian – native
  • Arabic - very good
  • French - very good
  • Italian - very good
  • English - fair

Negative Charges

Former Communist

  • Member of non-Democratic Government
  • History of anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli statements
  • Responsible for Government Ministry that Censors press, films, stage, and television
  • Egyptian cultural production has suffered during his time as Minister of culture

Personal Data

Age: 57

Civil status: Married, two children

Age: 71

Civil status: Single

Have I missed anything critical to the choice?


Anonymous said...

Anyone here speak German?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

You seem to have missed a few things!

Anonymous said...

and these:

Anonymous said...

not to mention especially these:

Anonymous said...

What is the significance of the "personal data" at the end? Does being single debar a candidate for office? Does having two children mean one of the candidates would not have time to tend to the international housekeeping at Place Fontenoy? And why stop there? How about Hosny wears glasses, so his political outlook is necessarily short-sighted? Or Bokova has grey hair but Hosny's is black?

John Daly said...

I listed the personal data at the end because Director General designate Bokova did in her biography. Of course the interpretation is up to the reader. I will share mine.

I, like Farouk Hosny, am 71. I have retired because I recognize that my physical and mental abilities are not as good as they were even a decade ago.

I know I have grown as a person through my marriage and through raising my son, and I think that experience has relevance to UNESCO, especially in terms of its education and cultural programs.