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Helen E. Clark

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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.