Participation in the Chief Executives Board includes the Executive Heads of the United Nations, its 12 Funds and Programmes, the 15 Specialized Agencies, and 3 Related Organizations.  Under the chairmanship of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Executive Heads meet twice a year to consider policy and management issues impacting organizations of the United Nations system.

Mr. António Guterres (Chair of CEB) - Secretary-General of the United Nations - UN

Antonio Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015 , heading one of the world's foremost humanitarian organizations wi th nearly 10,000 staff working in 125 countries.

During his tenure, he oversaw a profound structural reform of UNHCR...

Mr. Guy Ryder - Director-General - ILO

Guy Ryder has some thirty years of experience in the world of work, most of it at the international level. During that time he has occupied positions of leadership at the global level and been called upon to manage complex processes of change and situations of considerable political sensitivity...

Mr. José Graziano da Silva - Director-General - FAO

José Graziano da Silva has worked on issues of food security, rural development and agriculture for over 30 years. In 2001 he led the team that designed Brazil’s "Zero Hunger" (Fome Zero) programme. In 2003, he was charged with its implementation by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who named...

Ms. Irina Bokova - Director-General - UNESCO

Irina Bokova, born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia (Bulgaria) has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and reelected for a second term in 2013. She is the first woman to lead the Organization.

Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and...

Ms. Fang Liu - Secretary-General - ICAO

Fang Liu is the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), having been appointed for a three-year term beginning August...

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Director-General - WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, from Ethiopia, took office on 1 July 2017. His five key priorities for the Organization are universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a...

Dr. Jim Yong Kim - President - World Bank Group

A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. Dr. Kim comes to the Bank after serving as President of Dartmouth College, a pre-eminent center of higher...

Ms. Christine Lagarde - Managing Director - IMF

Born in Paris in 1956, Christine Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda (Maryland, USA). She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence. After being...

Mr. Bishar Abdirahman Hussein - Director-General - UPU

Bishar Abdirahman Hussein was elected director general of the UPU International Bureau on 10 October 2012 during the 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha.

His four-year mandate as the head of the United Nations...

Mr. Houlin Zhao - Secretary-General - ITU

Houlin Zhao was elected ITU Secretary-General at the 19TH Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea, in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015.

Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in...

Mr. Petteri Taalas - Secretary-General - WMO

Petteri Taalas, Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, has been appointed as the next Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization for a four-year mandate starting 1 January 2016. He succeeds Michel Jarraud (France).

Mr Taalas received...

Mr. Kitack Lim - Secretary-General - IMO

Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, one of the major port cities in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for Sanko Shipping Co. He joined the...

Mr. Francis Gurry - Director-General - WIPO

Francis Gurry began his WIPO career in 1985, initially in the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He was instrumental in establishing the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in 1994 and subsequently in developing the highly successful Uniform Domain...

Gilbert F. Houngbo - President - IFAD

Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 1 April 2017.  Born and raised in rural Togo, Houngbo has spent more than 30 years working to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, with extensive experience...

Mr. Li Yong - Director-General - UNIDO

Mr. LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank...

Mr. Taleb Rifai - Secretary-General - UNWTO

Mr. Rifai is Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain. He holds this position since 1 January 2010. He was unanimously elected at the 18th session of UNWTO General Assembly (October 2009), following the recommendation of the UNWTO Executive Council made...

Mr. Yukiya Amano - Director-General - IAEA

Mr. Yukiya Amano is the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA is an intergovernmental organization based in Vienna and is the global center for cooperation in nuclear applications, energy, science and technology. Established in 1957 as the world´s "Atoms for Peace...

Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo - Director-General - WTO

Ambassador Azevêdo holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia and in international relations from the Intstituto Rio Branco, the graduate school of international relations and diplomacy run by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. He joined the Brazilian...

Mr. William Lacy Swing - Secretary-General - IOM

Download Full bio PDF On 14 June 2013, Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States was re-elected to his second five-year term as Director General of the International Organization for...

Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi - Secretary-General - UNCTAD

Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, who became UNCTAD's seventh Secretary-General on 1 September 2013, has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office. He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader...

Mr. Achim Steiner - Administrator - UNDP

Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2017, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.

As UNDP Administrator, Mr. Steiner also chairs...

Mr. Erik Solheim - Executive Director - UNEP

 Following an extensive career focusing on environment and development in government and international organizations, Erik Solheim was elected to become Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on May 13, 2016.

Prior to joining UNEP, Solheim was the chair of the...

Mr. Filippo Grandi - High Commissioner - UNHCR

Filippo Grandi became the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on 1 January 2016. He was elected by the UN General Assembly to serve a five-year term, until 31 December 2020.

As High Commissioner, he heads one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations. UNHCR has...

Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl - Commissioner-General - UNRWA

Appointed by the UN Secretary-General in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl became UNRWA Commissioner-General on 30 March 2014. As Commissioner-General, he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A Swiss national born in 1966, Mr. Krähenbühl has 25 years of experience in humanitarian,...

Mr. Anthony Lake - Executive Director - UNICEF

On 1 May 2010, Anthony Lake became the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public service. During his career, Anthony Lake has worked with leaders and policy makers across the world. In 2007-2008, he served as a senior...

Natalia Kanem - Executive Director - UNFPA

On 3 October 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Dr. Natalia Kanem as Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Dr. Kanem brings to the position more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in medicine, public and reproductive...

Mr. David Beasley - Executive Director - WFP

In a public service and business career that spans more than four decades, David Beasley, a former governor of the US state of South Carolina, has worked across political, religious and ethnic lines to champion economic development, education, interfaith cooperation and humanitarian assistance...

Mr. Yury Fedotov - Executive Director - UNODC

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Yury Fedotov of the Russian Federation Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) on 9 July 2010. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the...

Mr. Joan Clos - Executive Director - UN-Habitat

Appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) at the level of Undersecretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly, Dr. Joan Clos took office at the Programme’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on 18 October 2010. Born in Barcelona on 29 June...

Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - Executive Director - UN Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms...

Ms. Grete Faremo - Executive Director - UNOPS

 Ms. Grete Faremo joined UNOPS as Executive Director in August 2014. Before this appointment, Ms. Faremo held various senior-level positions for the Government of Norway.  Most recently, she was Minister of Justice and Public Security; a role she held for two years. During her...