Advisory Board

Reflecting the changing world and growing role of civil society, the Secretary-General designed an Advisory Board comprised of UN high-level representatives and outside experts from the fields of philanthropyand accademia. The UNFIP Advisory Board is responsible for the following functions:

  • To provide broad policy guidance to the Secretary-General and monitor operations and activities of UNFIP;
  • To advise the Secretary-General on the review of project proposals; and,
  • To contribute to identifying projects and activities to be funded and supported by the Foundation, based on new developments and factors that may arise from time to time.
The Members of the Advisory Board, including ex officio members, are appointed by the Secretary-General and serve for a term of two years following their appointment, unless otherwise decided by the Secretary-General. The Executive Director of UNFIP serves on the Advisory Board as an ex-officio member.

Current Members

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)

Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, President of the Economic and Social Council

Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, President of the China Medical Board of New York, Director, Global Equity Initiative

Ms. Angela Kane, Undersecretary-General for Management

Ambassador Uche Joy Ogwu, Chairman of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly

Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank

Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Head of the Ford Foundation Study Group

Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships



Past Members

Past UNFIP Advisory Board Members (1998 - 2007)

2007
Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Ms. Alicia Barcena, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Ambassador Dalius Cekuolis, Vice President, UN Economic and Social Council
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, President, China Medical Board of New York
Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Chairman of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, The Ford Foundation (TFF) Study Group
Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UNFIP (ex-officio)

2006
Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Mr. Christopher Bancroft Burnham, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Ambassador Ali Hachani, President of the Economic and Social Council
Mr. JosÚ Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, The Ford Foundation (TFF) Study Group
Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Chairman of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UNFIP (ex-officio)

2005
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Ambassador Munir Akram, President of ECOSOC
Mr. Christopher Bancroft Burnham, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Mr. JosÚ Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Ambassador Aminu B. Wali, Chairman of the Second Committee
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

2004
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Mr. Marco Balarezo, Chairman of the Second Committee
Ms. Catherine Bertini , Under-Secretary-General for Management
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman of the Second Committee
Ambassador Marjatta Rasi, President of the ECOSOC
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

2003
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Ms. Catherine Bertini , Under-Secretary-General for Management
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman of the Second Committee/ Ambassador Marco Antonio Suazo Fernandez, Chairman of the Second Committee
Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, President of ECOSOC
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

2002
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Mr. Joseph E. Connor, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Ambassador Francisco Seixas da Costa, Chairman of the Second Committee
Ambassador Ivan Simonovic, President of ECOSOC
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

2001
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou, President of ECOSOC
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Mr. Joseph E. Connor, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Ambassador Francisco Seixas da Costa, Chairman of the Second Committee
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

2000
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Mr. Joseph E. Connor, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Mr. Richard Jolly (Special Advisor to the Administrator of UNDP)
Mr. Alexandru Niculescu, Chairman of the Second Committee/ Ambassador Roble Olhaye, Chairman of the Second Committee
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Ambassador Makarim Wibisono, President of ECOSOC
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

1999
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Ambassador Bagher Asadi, Chairman of the Second Committee
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Mr. Joseph E. Connor, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ambassador Francesco Paolo Fulci, President of ECOSOC
Mr. Richard Jolly (Special Advisor to the Administrator of UNDP)
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Mr. Somendu Banerjee, (ex-officio), Acting Executive Director, UNFIP
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP (July 1999)

1998
Ms. Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General, Chairperson of the Board
Ambassador Bagher Asadi, Chairman of the Second Committee
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, Director Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
Mr. Joseph E. Connor, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Mr. Richard Jolly (Special Advisor to the Administrator of UNDP)
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank
Ambassador Oscar R. De Rojas, Chairman of the Second Committee
Ambassador Juan Somavia, President of ECOSOC
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Mr. Miles Stoby , (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP