Ms Angela Kane

UNU Council Chair; Vice President, International Institute for Peace; Senior Fellow, Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; Professor, Sciences Po (Paris)

  • Ms Angela Kane is Vice President of the International Institute for Peace, and a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. She also teaches at Sciences Po in Paris.

    She has had a long and distinguished career at the United Nations; her functions included High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (2012–2015), Under-Secretary-General for Management (2008–2012), Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs (2005–2008) and Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. She served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and had postings in the Democratic Republic in the Congo, Indonesia, and Thailand.

    Previously, she held UN positions as director in the Department of Political Affairs and director in the Department of Public Information. She served as principal political officer with former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and worked with the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central American Peace Process, which resulted in the signing of the El Salvador Peace Accords.

    Before she joined the UN Secretariat, she worked for the World Bank. Ms Kane went to Bryn Mawr College and studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She received an honorary doctorate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California).