UNESCO Communication and Information Sector, Chief of Section, Digital Innovation and Transformation Section (CI/DIT)
Cédric Wachholz, Chief of Section of UNESCO’s Digital Innovation and Transformation Section (CI/DIT), which includes multiple Artificial Intelligence (AI) work streams. UNESCO’s AI work focuses on the human rights and ethical dimension of AI and on the use of frontier technologies for attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals, through advocacy, capacity and public policy development. UNESCO harnesses AI-related opportunities in its field of competence (education, sciences, culture, communication and information), addresses related risks and serves as a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on AI innovations for development. Previously, as Chief of the Executive Office of UNESCO’s Communication and Information (CI) Sector, Cédric provided strategic decision-making support to the Assistant Director-General for CI on the management of the Sector’s activities, budget and staff (Jan. 2017 until Feb. 19). Before, he coordinated UNESCO’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up, covering a wide range of ICT issues in the fields of the Sciences, Culture, Education and Communication and Information, also including Internet Governance. Cédric is originally an e-learning specialist and headed before the ICT in Education Unit in UNESCO’s Education Sector. From 2006-8, he worked in the office of UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education and from 2002-2006, as Chief of the ICT in Education Unit in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand. In the Regional Bureau, he led a team of 15 people on ICT projects in the areas of Policy-, SchoolNet- and indicator development, in teacher and non-formal education, curriculum and content development. From 2000-2002, Cédric Wachholz was the ICT in Education Focal Point in UNESCO HQ Educational Policies and Strategies Division. He started his UNESCO work in 1998 in the Education for All (EFA) Division.