Valtencir Maldonado Mendes is Chief of Education and Senior Specialist at the UNESCO’s Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has an European PhD in Project and Systems Engineering from UPC, Barcelona Tech, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, UK. He pioneered research on emerging technologies and multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of the UNESCO Education for All initiatives. He had previously coordinated the implementation of the Global Partnership for Education’s response to COVID-19 Consortium of Grant Agents: UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank, as well as EdTech activities under the framework of the UNESCO Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems. He has also contributed to many UNESCO publications, guidelines and policy papers on innovative pedagogies, artificial intelligence in education and inclusive education.