The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, with the concurrence of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, has reappointed Dr David M. Malone to a second five-year term as Rector of UNU. Rector Malone’s second term will begin in March 2018.
The decision to appoint Dr Malone was taken after an extensive seven-month international search process led by the UNU Council Chair Dr Radha Kumar, and with the participation of representatives of both the Secretary-General and the UNESCO Director-General.
Dr Malone has served as Rector of UNU since March 2013. A distinguished academic and practitioner in the fields of international development and international security, he has spearheaded reform efforts within UNU, emphasising the importance of policy-relevant research. The result has been closer collaboration by UNU with policymaking communities in the United Nations system and beyond.
Dr Malone previously served as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He was Canada’s Representative to the Economic and Social Council and then Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (New York) from 1990 to 1994. Later, after overseeing economic and multilateral diplomacy within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he was appointed Canada’s Envoy to India, Nepal and Bhutan. He also served in New York as President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute) from 1998 to 2004.
Dr Malone is a graduate of l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal), the American University (Cairo), and Harvard University, and holds a doctorate from Oxford University. Associated with New York University’s School of Law and Massey College in the University of Toronto, he has authored and co-edited several books, the latest being Law and Practice of the United Nations (2016).
For more, see the UN Secretary-General’s press release announcing the appointment