Director, Project on UN Governance and Reform
University of Oxford


Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy, North-South Relations, Peace and Security, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Secretaries-General, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Sam Daws is Director of the Project on UN Governance and Reform at the Centre for International Studies of Oxford University, and has held a variety of UN-related roles over the last 30 years. He recently served as Deputy Director (UN, Prime Minister’s Post-2015 Development Agenda team) in the UK Cabinet Office, and previously as Senior Principal Research Analyst in the Multilateral Policy Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2000 to 2003 Mr Daws served as First Officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He became Executive Director of the United Nations Association (UK) in 2004, and then Senior Advisor and UK Representative to the UN Foundation.

Mr Daws has written or co-edited 13 books on the UN, including The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. He has degrees in Social Anthropology and International Conflict Analysis and undertook doctoral studies in International Relations at Oxford. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge in international law and at Yale in UN studies, and is an alumnus of CASS and London Business Schools, where he took courses in foundation asset management, grant-making, social investment and philanthropy. He has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organisations including ACUNS. He also directs a consultancy company, 3D Strategy which provides UN strategy advice and training to governments and foundations.

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Recent ACUNS Activity
Previous Board Member and Executive Committee Member of ACUNS

Attended and presented at multiple ACUNS Annual Conferences

Updated December 2016