Andre Varchaver joined Jack Fobes from the early days of Americans for the Universality of UNESCO, now Americans for UNESCO (AU). He has been AU's Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, becoming President in 2006.
For over 27 years, Mr. Varchaver was on the staff of the United Nations system. Before serving at United Nations Headquarters in Geneva as Chef de Cabinet of its Director-General, he served UNESCO from 1959 to 1981. Among his various posts, he was successively Deputy Director then Director of the Liaison Office with the United Nations in New York , Director of the Training and Fellowships Division at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and the Organization's Representative in Zaire, Burundi and Rwanda. He has also served as advisor on training to the World Bank and the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa.
After graduating from Indiana University and Columbia University's School of International Affairs and the Russian Institute, and before joining UNESCO, Mr. Varchaver was a researcher at the Brookings Institution; he then headed the Eastern European Division of the International Institute of Education, before managing the New York office of the Ford Foundation sponsored Project on Hungary. He also worked for the USIA European Field Service.
Andre Varchaver was a Consultant to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., from 1987 to 1997, dealing with the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) and United Nations affairs; in this capacity, he participated in international conferences on Natural Disaster Reduction in Chiba and Yokohama; joined the NAS advisory observation team following the 1988 earthquake in Armenia; he was interim Director of the Secretariat of the IDNDR at the United Nations in Geneva.
From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Varchaver represented the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) at the United Nations' headquarters in New York, and at the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. He created, and directed the IPU liaison office with the United Nations.