United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Olga Algayerova of Slovakia as the next Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). She will succeed Christian Friis Bach of Denmark, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.
Ms. Algayerova brings to the position a combination of leadership and diplomatic skills, as well as deep knowledge of the region’s challenges and opportunities and a strong focus on building and nurturing partnerships among key stakeholders with the United Nations. Currently Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria, since 2012, she was previously President of the Slovak Millennium Development Goals (2010-2012); State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010); and Corporate Export Manager at Zentiva International, a.s. (2004-2006).
Born in 1959, she holds a master’s degree in contemporary diplomacy from Malta University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Open University Business School in the United Kingdom, and an Engineer of Economy diploma from the Bratislava Business School at Slovakia’s University of Economics.