UNU Council

The UNU Council serves as the governing board of the United Nations University. It is composed of 12 appointed members (who serve in an individual capacity, not as representatives of their countries), the UNU Rector, and three ex officio members (the UN Secretary-General, the UNESCO Director-General and the UNITAR Executive Director). The UNU Council is responsible, inter alia, for devising the principles and policies that govern the University’s operations, and for considering and approving the UNU budget and work programme.

The UNU Council currently holds two regular sessions per year. It reports annually to the UN General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council, and the Executive Board of UNESCO. As of year-end 2021, the UNU Council has convened seventy-six times.


Current members of the UNU Council

  • Prof. ‘Funmi Olonisakin Council Chair; Vice-President & Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & Development, King's College London
    United Kingdom & Nigeria
    2019-2025
  • Ms Yamini Aiyar President & Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
    India
    2022-2028
  • Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles Vice-Chancellor, The University of the West Indies (The UWI)
    Barbados
    2022-2028
  • Dr Denisa Čiderová Associate Professor in the Department of International Trade and Liaison for Idea Puzzle at the University of Economics in Bratislava
    Slovakia
    2019-2025
  • Dr Comfort Ero President and CEO, International Crisis Group
    United Kingdom
    2019-2025
  • Dr Xin Fang Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
    China
    2019-2025
  • Dr Enrique Forero President, Colombian Academy of Exact Physical and Natural Sciences
    Colombia
    2022-2028
  • Prof. Adam Habib Director, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
    South Africa
    2019-2025
  • Prof. Catherine Kyobutungi Executive Director, The African Population and Health Research Center
    Uganda
    2022-2028
  • Ambassador Kuni Sato Advisor, East Japan Railway Trading Co., Ltd
    Japan
    2022-2028
  • Dr Vanessa Scherrer Vice President for International Affairs of Sciences Po
    France
    2022-2028
  • Prof. Brenda Yeoh Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
    Singapore
    2019-2025