Irina Bokova (b. 1952) is the former Director-General of UNESCO. A native of Bulgaria, she is both the first person from Southeast Europe and the first woman to head the agency.
Her diplomatic career also included the posts of Ambassador to Bulgaria for Monaco and France. She advocated for gender equality and educational opportunities while Director-General. She has also led efforts against racism and anti-Semitic behaviour, and oversaw Holocaust remembrance activities.