Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

UNFIP Advisory Board

The Members of the UNFIP Advisory Board 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 Advisory Board is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and, aside from the Chair, is composed of eight high-level UN representatives and experts from academia, foundations and civil society organizations. The Executive Director of UNFIP serves on the Advisory Board as an ex-officio member. 

As per the Revised and Restated Relationship Agreement between the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation, the UNFIP Advisory Board shall primarily provide the Secretary General with advice of a strategic nature concerning the relationship between the United Nations and the UN Foundation, about any important reputational issues arising from the activities of the UN and the UN Foundation under the Relationship Agreement as well as concerning projects, campaigns, fiduciary grant-making or grant-management activities, and other activities funded by the Foundation or otherwise coordinated with the Foundation. The UNFIP Advisory Board shall also monitor the operations and activities of UNFIP.

Current Members

Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Amb. Martin Sajdik, President of the Economic and Social Council, UN General Assembly
Amb. Sebastiano Cardi, Chairman of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Ms. Susan M. Davis, President & CEO, BRAC USA
Mr. Luis A. Ubiñas, former President, The Ford Foundation
Mr. Bruce Usher, Faculty Director, Social Enterprise Program, Columbia Business School
Mr. Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Ann de la Roche, (ex-officio), Officer-in-Charge, UNOP

Past Members

2013
Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Mr. Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Ambassador Miloš Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council
Ambassador George Talbot, Chairperson of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Ms. Susan M. Davis, President & CEO, BRAC USA
Ms. Kati Marton, former Chair, International Women’s Health Coalition
Mr. Roland Rich, (ex-officio),Officer-in-Charge, UN Office for Partnerships

2012
Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Ms. Angela Kane, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Ambassador Miloš Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council
Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Chairperson of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, President, Iraqi Women's Fellowship Foundation
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Head, The Ford Foundation Study Group
Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Mr. Douglas Conant, former President and CEO, Campbell Soup Co.
Mr. Roland Rich, (ex-officio), Officer-in-Charge, UN Office for Partnerships

2011
Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Ms. Angela Kane, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe, President of the Economic and Social Council
Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Chairperson of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, President, Iraqi Women's Fellowship Foundation
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Head, The Ford Foundation Study Group
Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, President, China Medical Board
Mr. Roland Rich, (ex-officio), Officer-in-Charge, UN Office for Partnerships

2010
Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)
Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, President, China Medical Board
Ms. Angela Kane, Under-Secretary-General for Management
Ambassador Hamidon Ali, President of the Economic and Social Council
Ambassador Enkhtsetseg Ochir, Chairperson of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, President, Iraqi Women's Fellowship Foundation
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Head, The Ford Foundation Study Group
Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Mr. Amir Dossal, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

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, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

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. José 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, (ex-officio), Executive Director, UNFIP

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. José 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