New Administrator appointed to head UNDP

May 25, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has a new Administrator. Mr. Achim Steiner was confirmed to the post by the General Assembly in April and is expected commence his mandate in mid-June 2017.

Currently Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford (since 2016), Mr. Steiner brings to the position extensive senior leadership experience, both at the grass-roots and highest levels of international policymaking addressing environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development.

Mr. Steiner’s professional experience includes assignments with governmental, non-governmental, as well as international organizations around the world, most recently Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme between 2006 and 2016.  He previously served as Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi from 2009 to 2011, Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature from 2001 to 2006, and as Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams, in South Africa, from 1998 to 2001.

Born in 1961 in Brazil and holding Brazilian and German nationality, Mr. Steiner’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford, as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of London, with specialization in development economics, regional planning and international development and environment policy.  He also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin, and at Harvard Business School.

Achim Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Mr. Steiner succeeds Ms. Helen Clark of New Zealand, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her leadership over the past eight years as UNDP Administrator and Chair of the United Nations Development Group.  She is a highly effective communicator and champion of development, environmental protection, democratic governance and institutional reform, she has advocated for the rights of the poor and marginalized, particularly women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex persons, refugees and migrants, and people living with HIV and AIDS, noted the Secretary General e a media release.