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Mr. Franz Baumann of Germany was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management on Thursday, 14 May 2009.
Mr. Baumann has extensive experience in management within the United Nations and a deep understanding of the issues facing the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. In his career with the Organization, he has been a strong advocate for reform, the introduction of new and improved management and technological solutions to achieve better, faster and more economically the objectives of the Organization. As Executive Officer for the Department from 1996 to 2002, Mr. Baumann helped to shape some of the early reforms which have come into effect throughout the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management.
In 1976, Mr. Baumann worked for the European Parliament in Luxembourg, in 1979 at the European Commission in Brussels and in 1980 for the electronics giant Siemens in Munich, Germany. Fluent in German (mother tongue), English and French, Mr. Baumann began his career with the United Nations in 1980, serving from 1980 to 1982 as Associate Expert in Nigeria for the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He then worked in various departments at the United Nations Secretariat, including those of management and peacekeeping, and in the Office of the Secretary-General. In 1993 he was Chief Administrative Officer of the joint United Nations/Organization of American States Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Haiti. In 2002 he was appointed Director for Management of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), in 2004 Deputy Director-General of UNOV, in 2006 Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and in 2007 Acting Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
Born in Schramberg, Germany, in 1953, Mr. Baumann attended primary school in Schramberg and obtained his school leaving certificate in 1973 at Schramberg Secondary School. He then studied social sciences and management at the University of Konstanz, specializing in international management, and in 1975 studied history of art at the University of Bristol, in the United Kingdom. He obtained his degree in public administration in 1979 from the University of Konstanz and went on to obtain a doctorate in political science in 1992 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His wife Barbara Gibson is a Canadian diplomat and served from 2004 to 2008 as Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria. Their daughter Hannah was born in 2000.
Last Update: 7 January 2013 / Abigail LOREGNARD