United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Tatiana Valovaya of the Russian Federation as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. She will succeed Michael Møller of Denmark, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.
Ms. Valovaya brings to the position over 35 years of extensive experience in journalism, diplomacy and government service. She is currently Member of the Board and Minister in charge of integration and macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission, the executive body of the Eurasian Economic Union, which is responsible for implementing the latter’s decisions, upholding its treaties and managing its day-to-day business.
She began her career with the Government of the Russian Federation in 1989 and served in various capacities, including as the Third and Second Secretary at her country’s Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels (1989-1994) and Deputy Director and subsequently Director of the Department of International Cooperation (1999-2012). Before joining her country’s Government, she worked as a reporter for The Economic Gazette in Moscow (1983-1989).
Ms. Valovaya graduated from the Department of International Economic Relations of the Moscow Financial Institute. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a doctorate in economic sciences from the State Financial Academy in Moscow. She has written extensively on international monetary relations, European economic integration and economic cooperation with member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.