Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Union
Louise Haxthausen (Denmark) was appointed as UNESCO Representative to the European Union and Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels in February 2019.
She joined UNESCO in 1993, as Associate Expert in the Human Rights Division of the Sector for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris). She has worked on conflict and crisis response at country-level in Afghanistan and in Palestine; and most recently as Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq (Baghdad). At UNESCO HQ, she has acted as Focal Point for the Middle East in the Office of the Director-General; as Senior Coordinator, Crisis Response in the Arab World, Bureau of Field Coordination ; and as Senior Coordinator, Crisis and Transition Response, in the Office of the UNESCO Director-General.
She has an academic background in political science (bachelor degree) and international public law (Masters degree).