Ana Luiza Massot Thompson-Flores, born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),is presently the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe based in Venice (Italy).
Ms. Massot Thompson-Flores studied at the Kogod School of Business where she completed her university studies at the American University (Wash.DC) obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (International business, Personnel & Industrial Relations with a minor in Psycology) in December 1985. She also obtained a Certificate of Management, as one of the first participants in the FAO/WFP join-programme, from John Cabot University, Rome/Italy, in 1995.
Ms. Thompson-Flores has 30 years of progressively responsible professional experience within the United Nations Common System. In 1987,she began her career in the Human Resources Department of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in 1995 where she served in different managerial/policy development
In 2004, she joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, as Chief of the Human Resources Policy Unit, returning to the WFP at the end of 2005.
In 2008, she joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris/France, as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Human Resources Management and in 2011was promoted to the post of Director of the Bureau. She held the post of Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning in 2015 prior to joining the UNESCO Regional
Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe.