UNESCO Office for Iraq, Baghdad
Louise Haxthausen (Denmark) joined UNESCO in 1993, where she worked in the Human Rights Division of the Sector for Social and Human Sciences, at UNESCO HQ (Paris). She has an academic background in political science (bachelor degree) and international public law (masters degree).
She has worked on conflict and crisis response at country-level in Afghanistan (2002-2004), where she was seconded to the Ministry of Culture and Information to support the development of its National Development Budget and coordination of international assistance in the field of culture and media development. Subsequently, she served as Head of the UNESCO Office for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), covering the West Bank and Gaza (2008-2011); and as Officer-in Charge of the UNESCO Iraq Office (2013 and since July 2016). She was appointed as Director of the UNESCO Iraq Office in January 2017.
At UNESCO Headquarters, she has acted as Focal Point for the Middle East in the Office of the Director-General (2004-2007); as Senior Coordinator, Crisis Response in the Arab World, Bureau of Field Coordination (2012) and as Senior Coordinator, Crisis and Transition Response, Office of the Director-General (2014- July 2016).