Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the designation of Prof. Khalili as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Paris 16 Oct 2012

…what prof. Khalili (David) represents… he is more than a collector, art historian, business man, of diverse cultural background… he’s just a HUMANIST and this is what is so wonderful about him.

…in 17th Century France, there is a very interesting description of people (such as David) – an honest MAN, meaning a man of passionate intellect and great culture, a man of balance and reason… (showing) an intellect and moral spirituality towards humanity.

Dear Professor Khalili, you have always been an ambassador for the values that inspire UNSECO’s action.

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the designation of Prof. Khalili as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Paris 16 Oct 2012