Alberto Sileoni

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Alberto Sileoni
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Minister of Education of Argentina
In office
July 20, 2009 – December 10, 2015
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded by Juan Carlos Tedesco
Succeeded by Esteban Bullrich
Minister of Education of the City of Buenos Aires
In office
March 2006 – February 2007
Personal details
Born 1952 (age 64–65)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentina
Political party Front for Victory
Alma mater University of Buenos Aires
National University of General San Martín

Alberto Estanislao Sileoni (born in 1952) is an Argentine academic and policy maker who served as a former Minister of Education.

Alberto Sileoni enrolled in the University of Buenos Aires and earned a degree in History, in 1975. He later taught the discipline at his alma mater, and in 1993, was named Director of Adult Education Services for the City of Buenos Aires. He was shortly afterwards appointed the city's Undersecretary of Education, remaining in the post until the election of Mayor Fernando de la Rúa, in 1996.[1][2]

Sileoni was transferred to the National Education Ministry, where he directed the Education and Work Project. The election of Mayor de la Rúa as President in late 1999 resulted in the project's raplacement and Sileoni's appointment as Director of Secondary Education and Undersecretary for Buenos Aires Province Governor Carlos Ruckauf.[1]

The election of a center-left Peronist, Néstor Kirchner, resulted in Sileoni's appointment as Vice Minister of Education in June 2003, a post he held until Minister Daniel Filmus transferred him to the City of Buenos Aires, in March 2006. He served as Education Minister for Mayor Jorge Telerman until Filmus declared his candidacy for Mayor, in early 2007; considering his friendship with Filmus a potential conflict of interest (when Mayor Telerman sought reelection), Sileoni resigned in February of that year.[3]

The election of Kirchner's wife, Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as President in late 2007 resulted in Sileoni's appointment as second-in-command for Education Minister Juan Carlos Tedesco, a UNESCO official. A disappointing showing in the June 2009 mid-term elections en 2009 and a subsequent cabinet-shake-up, however, led to Sileoni's appointment as Education Minister in replacement of Tedesco, who was made Director of the Ministry's Planning and Evaluation Unit.[4]

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