9 May 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Atefeh Riazi of United States as Chief Information

Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, ICT Office


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Atefeh Riazi, a United States national born in Iran, as Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Management.† She will replace Choi Soon-Hong, and the Secretary-General and the Under-Secretary-General for Management are grateful for Mr. Choiís commitment and dedicated service to the Office.

Ms. Riazi brings with her wide-ranging experience in the public and private sector, focusing on leading complex organizational change involving large departments in challenging environments to deliver vital business transformation through the use of innovation and technology.

Ms. Riazi started her professional career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City.† During the period of 16 years, she held various progressively responsible positions and was appointed as the Chief Information Officer with responsibilities for implementing the MetroCard in New York City.

Since 2009, Ms. Riazi has served as the Chief Information Officer of New York City Housing Authority with oversight responsibilities for design and deployment of smart building technologies and cost containment practices.† She also served as the Acting General Manager with responsibility for all operations.† Prior to joining the Housing Authority, she was the global Chief Information Officer and Senior Partner of Ogilvy and Mather overseeing technology, applications, networks and data centres.

Born in 1961, she is married with two children.

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