UNESCO’s Executive Board has elected Alissandra Cummins of Barbados as its Chairperson for 2012-2013. Cummins, an acclaimed authority on Caribbean heritage, museum development and art, received 53 votes from the 58-member Board. Four countries abstained, and another was absent.
Alissandra Cummins has a long association with UNESCO. From 2004 to 2010, she served as President of the International Council of Museums, a leading UNESCO partner in cultural activities.
A widely published author, she has also held high-level posts on a number of key UNESCO committees, including the World Heritage Committee and the International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Programme. Since 1985 she has held the position of Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.
UNESCO’s Executive Board oversees the execution of the programme adopted by the General Conference. It meets twice a year.