Director for Gender Equality
María Begoña Lasagabaster has been appointed Director of the Gender Equality Division in the Office of the Director-General of UNESCO since 21 November 2022. She has extensive international experience in the area of gender equality. In 2008, she joined the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) at its Headquarters in New York. In 2010, Ms Lasagabaster was appointed as a specialist and advisor for women’s political participation at UN-Women Headquarters. In 2012, she was appointed Chief of the Leadership and Governance Section. In 2017, she was seconded to Lebanon as the UN-Women Representative for one year. Since December 2018, Ms Lasagabaster had been serving as Representative for UN-Women in Tunisia and Libya. She holds a master’s degree in European law, which she obtained in 1986 at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in law, which she obtained in 1985 at the University of Salamanca in Spain. After working in the European Parliament in Brussels for two years and working as a lawyer in Spain from 1989 to 1996, she became a Member of Parliament in the Congress of Deputies in Madrid (Spain), serving from 1996 to 2008.