UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mark Malloch Brown, Accepts Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

Mark Malloch Brown

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization has announced the appointment of Mark Malloch Brown as Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the spring term of this academic year.

The Fellowship will provide him an opportunity to focus on research and writing in addition to interacting with the faculty and students of Yale University.  The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization awards Fellowships to distinguished individuals who influence policy making and generate ideas for seizing globalization’s opportunities and overcoming its challenges.

While at the Center, Malloch Brown plans to concentrate on writing a book that will focus on changing leadership in a globalized world where old models of organization no longer prevail.

Malloch Brown has served as United Nations Deputy Secretary-General since April 2006 and will step down at the end of December.  During his tenure there, he deputized for Secretary-General Kofi Annan across the full array of the UN’s global functions from managerial issues to crisis management, political matters and the overall policy and institutional agenda of the organization. In this capacity, he successfully drew upon his experiences and unique background in management, public policy, politics, development co-operation and communications.

 Malloch Brown served as Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General since January 2005. In that position, he worked closely with the Secretary-General on, among other projects, helping to set out and implement an ambitious management reform program for the UN that was presented to world leaders at the World Summit in New York in September 2005.  He also led the UN’s response to the oil-for-food scandal.

Prior to becoming Chef de Cabinet, Malloch Brown served as Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN’s global development organization, where he oversaw a comprehensive change in the management process that was widely recognized as making the UNDP more focused, efficient and effective across the 166 countries where it works and doubled its annual resources to over $4 billion. His efforts included a major push to expand UN support to developing countries in areas such as democratic governance; a new advocacy dimension reflected in pioneering publications, including the Arab Human Development Reports; and strengthened UNDP operational leadership in natural disasters and post-conflict situations. By 2005 the UNDP was ranked in a number of independent donor surveys as the best performing international development agency.  During that time, he was also the Chair of the UN Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues.

At the request of Secretary-General Annan, Malloch Brown also led the UN system’s efforts to help support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals — eight time-bound development targets with the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015 — which were approved by world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit of September 2000.

Prior to his appointment with the UNDP, Malloch Brown served at the World Bank as Vice-President for External Affairs, and Vice-President for UN Affairs from 1996 to 1999. He joined the World Bank as Director of External Affairs in 1994. He is credited with having helped the Bank enhance its outreach and expand its partnership with the UN and non-governmental organizations. In 1997, he chaired the UN Secretary-General’s task force on the reform of UN communications.

Malloch Brown also previously worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). From 1979 to 1981, he was stationed in Thailand, where he was in charge of field operations for Cambodian refugees. He was appointed Deputy Chief of UNHCR’s Emergency Unit in Geneva, undertaking extensive missions in the Horn of Africa and Central America. In 1981, the UNHCR and its staff were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Active in human rights and refugee issues, he formerly served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Refugees International in Washington, D.C., and has served on the advisory boards of a number of non-profit organizations. Malloch Brown was included in Time Magazine’s world’s 100 most influential people in 2005.

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, launched in 2001, serves as a link between academia and the world of public policy.  Its director is Ernesto Zedillo, the former President of Mexico.  The Center devotes its work to examining the impact of the increasingly integrated world on individuals, communities and nations, with particular focus on practical policies to enable the world’s poorest and weakest citizens to share in the benefits brought by globalization. The Center’s programs also explore solutions to problems that, even if they do not result directly from integration, are global in nature, and can therefore be effectively addressed only through international cooperation.

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