United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Sudhir Rajkumar of India as Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. He will succeed Carol Boykin of the United States to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.
Mr. Rajkumar brings to the position more than twenty-eight years of broad-based global investment experience, covering formulation and implementation of investment policies, and hands-on experience with global bond markets, private equity and project finance transactions, and corporate finance and privatization advisory engagements.
He is currently head of the global pension advisory programme at the World Bank Treasury, a role in which he has provided advisory services to the National Pension Fund of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, South Africa’s Government Employees Pension Fund, KWAP - Malaysia's second largest pension fund and the Nazarbayev University Endowment in Kazakhstan – in addition to other public investment institutions globally. He also currently serves as a member on the External Advisory Committee on Investments of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Investment Committee of the United Nations Office for Project Services, and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM).
Mr. Rajkumar began his career at the World Bank in Eastern Africa Operations as a Young Professional in 1988. Since then, he has worked in various regions and capacities with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, including as Principal Investment Officer. Prior to this, he served in managerial positions with the Shriram Group in New Delhi and Kota, India.
Mr. Rajkumar holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Delhi. He is co-editor and an author of the book Governance and Investment of Public Pension Assets: Practitioners’ Perspectives published by the World Bank.