UPEACE Council


The Council of the University for Peace is the governing body of the University composed of 17 members (currently 15 members).

Ten members are appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in consultation with the Director-General of UNESCO, and seven ex-officio members: the Chancellor of the University, the Rector, two members nominated by the Government of Costa Rica—the host country—a  representative of the UN Secretary-General, a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO and the Rector of the United Nations University.

Council of the University for Peace

Updated December 2017

António Guterres


United Nations


Hal Klepak

Professor Emeritus of History and Strategy

Royal Military College of Canada


Fernando Blasco

Former Director

Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General



Enrique Barón Crespo

Former President

European Parliament



Fatima Akilu

Executive Director

Neem Foundation



Pilar Álvarez-Laso

Representative, UNESCO Director-General



Jean Arnault

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia



Alicia Barcena

Executive Secretary




Lalla Ben Barka


UNESCO Chair on "Community Research on Development Levers: Emergence through Innovation"


Ouided Bouchamaoui


Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA)



Oscar Fernández-Taranco

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

UNSG Representative to the Council



Meenakshi Gopinath

Founder and Director

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP)



Francisco Rojas

Rector, University for Peace



David Malone

Rector, United Nations University



Mercedes Peñas

First Lady of Costa Rica

Costa Rican Government Representative


Xiaoyu Zhang

Executive Vice President

China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations (CICPMC)