Visiting Lecturer,
Graduate Institute Geneva


Areas of Expertise
Economic Development, Fragile States, Global Governance, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Development, International Organizations, International Trade, Peacebuilding, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
Central and South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

Trained as an international economist, I first worked in the European Commission (Brussels) and in The Economist Intelligence Unit (London), following which I had a long and varied career in the United Nations with assignments on different continents. From 2006 until 2009, I was Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Geneva, overseeing policy and programmes. I am now Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute in New York; founder and co-Director of the Future UN Development System (FUNDS) Project; and visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva.

I have been on two field assignments as UN resident coordinator. I was appointed to Ukraine from 1992 to 1996 as the first UN Representative there, and to Rwanda from 1998 to 1999, concurrently as UN Humanitarian Coordinator. During my headquarters assignments in New York with UNDP, I was Director for Poverty and Social Policy (and Chair of the UN system poverty working group); and focal point for the UN Summit on Financing for Development (FFD).

Much of my career has also been spent on technical assistance operations. I have written and edited several books on the UN and development cooperation and many chapters and articles on various development topics.

Recent Publications

2020: Handbook on the UN In Development (Routledge, forthcomimg), co-editor
2019: UN Reform: 75 years of challenge and change (Edward Elgar, forthcoming)
2017: The SDGs and UN Goal-Setting (London: Routledge)
2014: Post-2015 UN Development (London, Routledge) (Co-editor with Thomas G. Weiss)
2012: Making Change Happen: Enhancing the UN’s Contribution to Development (New York: World Federation of UN Associations) (Co-author with Thomas G. Weiss)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (London, Routledge)
2011: UNDP and the UN Development System (London, Routledge);
The International Trade Centre (London, Routledge) (co-author)
2006: Aid and Influence: Do Donors Help or Hinder? (London, Earthscan)
2002: Developing Capacity through Technical Cooperation: country experiences (London, Earthscan) (Editor)
1999: Beyond Aid: from Patronage to Partnership (London, Ashgate Publishing)

Plus: many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles

Recent ACUNS Activity 

ACUNS Deputy Chair in 2017 and 2018
Currently Liaison Officer for ACUNS in Geneva
Attended and presented at the ACUNS Annual Meetings in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Updated June, 2019