Undersecretary-General, United Nations; Associate Administrator
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Master's in Economics, University of Sussex, UK; studied Economy and Sociology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. 1994-98, Vice-President of Costa Rica. Also served as Housing Minister, Coordinating Minister of Economy, Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs and Vice-Minister of Finance. With the UN: Former Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Sub-regional Headquarters, Mexico; 2006-10, Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme; since Feb. 2010, UN Undersecretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator. Former Co-Chair, Executive Board, International Food Policy Research Institute. Currently, delegated UN representative in the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission, a board composed of Haitian government officials, former US President Bill Clinton and other high-level international partners. Author and Co-Author, numerous articles and books on social and economic policy, gender and poverty.