Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, GCIH (born March 20, 1921) is a Senegalese educator. He was born in Dakar.
M'bow served in France and North Africa during World War II after volunteering for the French army. After the end of the war he studied geography at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
M'bow began working for UNESCO in 1953 and was the director-general from 1974 to 1987, being the first black African to head a United Nations support organisation.