Advisory Board

Membership

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.

Members 2007:

Past Members

UNFIP Advisory Board Members (1998 - 2006)

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, Fellow 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

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, Fellow 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)

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, Fellow 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

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, Fellow 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

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

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, Fellow 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

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

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. Josť Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow 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

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. Josť Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow 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)

Objectives and Structure

In accordance with the relevant sections of the agreement between the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation, Inc., as well as the earlier concept paper concerning the gift of Mr. Turner, the Secretary-General established an advisory board to assist him in his review of proposals received by UNFIP for funding by the Foundation.

Unless otherwise decided by the Secretary-General, the UNFIP Advisory Board is responsible for the following functions:

    (a) To provide broad policy guidance to the Secretary-General and monitoring of the operations and activities of UNFIP;

    (b) To advise the Secretary-General in the review of project proposals, particularly with regard to the appropriateness of the projects to be proposed by the United Nations to the Foundation for funding and support, as well as the capacity and capability of the United Nations system to deliver the outputs and results proposed in such project proposals. In this regard, the Advisory Board shall:

      (i) Assist the Secretary-General in such review in the light of criteria established by the United Nations and the Foundation for approval of such project proposals, such as urgency, effectiveness, innovation, forward-looking orientation and availability of funding from other sources;

      (ii) Consider unity of focus and technical compliance with United Nations aims and objectives;

      (iii) Assist UNFIP in ensuring that project proposals to be funded and supported by the Foundation are in conformity with the goals, policies, aims and objectives of the United Nations, in particular with the goals and objectives of the Agenda for Development and recent United Nations global conferences, and that they take full account of programming mechanisms, such as national development plans and priorities, country strategy notes and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks;

      (iv) Ensure that project proposals to be funded and supported by the Foundation are in conformity with the orientation of the Secretary-Generalís reform programme;

    (c) To contribute to identifying projects and activities that are suitable to be funded and supported by the Foundation, based on new developments and factors that may arise from time to time.

The Secretary-General, having received the advice of the Advisory Board, decides on projects and activities to be proposed to the Foundation for funding and support.