The United Nations University (UNU) announced today that Mr Sebastian von Einsiedel has been appointed as the next UNU Vice-Rector in Europe. He joins the Vice-Rectorate as Vice-Rector designate from 17 September, and will assume full leadership on 15 November 2018.
He succeeds Prof. Dr Jakob Rhyner, who has held the post of UNU Vice-Rector in Europe since 2010, concurrently serving as Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).
The UNU Vice-Rector in Europe, based in Bonn, represents the Rector on special initiatives, particularly in Europe and Africa, and facilitates collaboration both across the global UNU system and with key stakeholders including Europe-based United Nations entities, the European Commission, and key European capitals. The post is one of two current Vice-Rectorates in the UNU system, with the other based in Tokyo.
Mr. von Einsiedel previously served as the founding Director of the Tokyo-based UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), from its inception in 2014 until its merger with the UNU Office in New York earlier this year. He brings to the Vice-Rector role some 17 years of professional working experience in the field of International affairs, including more than a decade with the United Nations.
Prior to joining UNU, Mr von Einsiedel worked (2009–2014) in the Policy Planning Unit of the UN Department of Political Affairs, where he led development of policy initiatives on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, counter-terrorism, and organised crime. In 2013, while on sabbatical from that post, he was a Non-Resident Fellow with the New York University Center on International Cooperation.
Mr von Einsiedel first joined the United Nations in 2004, serving on the research staff of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change and then in the UN Secretary-General’s Office, where he helped prepare for the 2005 World Summit. After two years as Special Assistant to the President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute) in New York, he rejoined the United Nations in 2007, serving with the UN Mission in Nepal and then with the UN Secretary-General’s Strategic Planning Unit on terrorism-related issues.
Mr von Einsiedel holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and University of Munich. He has published extensively on multilateral security issues. His co-edited book, The UN Security Council in the 21st Century (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015) received the 2016 “Best New Book on the UN” award presented by the Academic Council of the UN System.
For more, see today’s press release.