Dr. David M. Malone

Rector of the United Nations University;
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • Dr. David M. MalonePrior to joining the United Nations University on 1 March 2013, Dr. David Malone served (2008–2013) as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency supporting policy-relevant research in the developing world.

    Dr. Malone had earlier served as Canada’s Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council and as Ambassador to the United Nations (1990–1994); as Director General of the Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaus within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT, 1994–1998); and as President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute), a New York-based independent research and policy development institution (1998–2004). He oversaw Canada’s economic and multilateral diplomacy within DFAIT (2004–2006) and served as Canada’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal (2006–2008).

    Dr. Malone also has held research posts in the Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution; Massey College, University of Toronto; and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He has been a Guest Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law, where he is currently a Senior Fellow.

    He holds a degree from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal); studied at the American University of Cairo; holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and earned a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University.

    Dr. Malone has published extensively. His recent books include Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy (2011, Oxford University Press); Nepal in Transition: From People’s War to Fragile Peace (co-editor, 2012, Cambridge University Press); International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects (co-editor, 2014, Oxford University Press); The UN Security Council in the 21st Century (co-editor, 2015, Lynne Rienner Publishers); and The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy (co-editor, 2015, Oxford University Press). The second edition of Law and Practice of the United Nations (co-authored graduate textbook) is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2016.