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 May 2019, the UNU Council has convened seventy-one times.


Current members of the UNU Council

  • Ms Angela Kane UNU Council Chair; Senior Fellow, Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; Professor, Sciences Po (Paris)
    Germany
    2016–2022
  • Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz Scientific Director, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP); Professor, Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, State University of Campinas
    Brazil
    2016–2022
  • 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 Programme Director, Crisis Group
    United Kingdom
    2019-2025
  • Dr Xin Fang President & Professor,School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
    China
    2019-2025
  • Ms Isabel Guerrero Pulgar Director IMAGO Global Grassroots, Lecturer at Harvard and MIT
    Chile
    2016-2022
  • Prof. Adam Habib Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Witwatersrand
    South Africa
    2019-2025
  • Dr Segenet Kelemu Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
    Ethiopia
    2016–2022
  • Dr Radha Kumar Policy Analyst
    India
    2016–2022
  • Amb. Tsuneo Nishida Special Advisor to the President of Kanagawa University; Honorary Director of the Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University
    Japan
    2016–2022
  • Prof. ‘Funmi Olonisakin Vice-President & Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & Development, King's College London
    United Kingdom & Nigeria
    2019-2025
  • Prof. Brenda Yeoh Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
    Singapore
    2019-2025