Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
On 4 December 2014, Ms. Cristina Gallach of Spain was appointed as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Ms. Gallach, who took office on 1 February 2015, succeeds Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal in the post.
Ms. Gallach has a wealth of experience in communications, information, public diplomacy, international affairs and security policy, combined with transformational leadership and hands-on management expertise. She is also an experienced newspaper, radio and television journalist.
Before joining the UN, Ms. Gallach had served as Head of the Public Relations Unit in the Council of the European Union, Directorate General for Information and Communication, Brussels, since 2010. In that role she was responsible for designing and implementing the EU Council’s communication strategies and for its public relations and outreach to key partners, including opinion-makers, civil society and academia.
Prior to that, Ms. Gallach was Spokesperson of the Spanish Government for the European Union rotating Presidency (2010); Spokesperson and Chief Media Advisor of the European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009); and Deputy Spokesperson of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Chief Media Adviser for the Secretary-General (1996-1999).
Ms. Gallach spent more than 15 years as a journalist, during which time she held the positions of senior correspondent for EFE, the Spanish news agency, in Brussels (1993-1996) and in Moscow (1990-1992). She was also a correspondent with El Periodico newspaper in Barcelona (1986-1990), a United States correspondent for Avui newspaper (1984-1986) and a reporter with TVE Barcelona (1983-1984).
Ms. Gallach holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, New York, and a degree in communication and journalism from the Universidad Autonoma, Barcelona. She has been a frequent lecturer on communications and public relations in universities and at conferences.
Born in 1960 in Barcelona, Ms. Gallach speaks English, French, Spanish and Catalan. She is married with two children.