Helen E. Clark

Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand

1968, studies in Politics, University of Auckland. Formerly: Lecturer in Political Studies, University of Auckland; 1971, joined Labour Party; 1975, stood for election to Parliament; 1981, Member of Parliament for Mount Albert; 1984-87, Chair, Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee; 1987, elected to Cabinet; held portfolios including conservation, housing, labour and health; 1989-90, Deputy Prime Minister; 1993, Leader, Labour Party; until 1999, Leader of the Opposition. 1999-2008, Prime Minister of New Zealand; also Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage; 2009, became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the first woman to lead the organization. Chair, United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Since 2017, Helen is an active participant in public discourse around issues related to her life's work and serves on public good advisory boards and commissions. She chairs the boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, and the Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Report hosted by UNESCO. She is Patron of The Helen Clark Foundation, an institute established to support evidence-based public policy debate.