In memory of the late Gérard Renaud, former IB Director General

Dr. Siva Kumari and the entire International Baccalaureate community would like to express our deepest condolences to the Renaud family on the passing of former Director General Gérard Renaud. Mr. Renaud passed away on August 23, 2020, in Nice, following an extended illness.

“DG Renaud served the IB, both as a Deputy Director General and as a Director General, for 16 years. We are thankful for his intellectual leadership during what was a formative set of years for the IB,” said Dr. Kumari.

DG Renaud was one of the major architects of the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and a champion for promoting the IB in French-speaking countries around the world.

From 1967-77 he was Deputy Director General of the IB and became Director General from 1977 until his retirement in 1983, working from Geneva. After his retirement he lived in France—within easy commuting distance to Geneva—and remained very involved with the organization. He frequently visited the office to discuss IB initiatives.

During the 1980s, DG Renaud was involved in the organization of a number of meetings to develop the International Schools Association Curriculum (ISAC), which in 1994 became the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the IB. He was a major contributor to the MYP’s founding concepts and continued to follow MYP developments for a number of years.