March 28th, 2006

Reforming the UN System to Help Meet the MDGs

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Mark Malloch Brown
Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General, United Nation

Biographical Information

Mark Malloch Brown is Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations. Prior to this role, Malloch Brown served as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from July 1999 to August 2005. During his tenure at UNDP, he oversaw a comprehensive reform effort that has been widely recognized as making the agency more efficient and effective across 166 member countries where it operates. In addition to his role at UNDP, he was also the chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues. Prior to his work at the UN, he served at the World Bank as vice president of external affairs and vice president of United Nations Affairs from 1996 to 1999. He joined the World Bank as director of external affairs in 1994. In 1997, he chaired the United Nations Secretary-General's task force on the reform of United Nations communications. Malloch Brown was the lead international partner from 1986 to 1994 at a strategic communications management firm, the Sawyer-Miller Group. From 1977 to 1979, he was a political correspondent for The Economist, and from 1979 to 1983, he worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). A British citizen, Malloch Brown received a First Class Honours Degree in history from Magdalene College at Cambridge University and a master's degree in political science from the University of Michigan.