Chair and Advisory Group


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Helen Clark – UNDG Chair

The Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) chairs the UNDG. The UNDG Chair reports to the Secretary-General and the CEB on progress in implementing the group’s work plan, and on the management of the Resident Coordinator System. The Administrator of one of the specialized agencies functions as a vice chairman on a rotational basis. The UNDG meets regularly in full and through working groups. It has also established an Advisory Group of 16 UNDG members, some of whom participate on a rotational basis. The Advisory Group provides the UNDG Chair with advice and guidance on managing the operational dimensions of the UNDG and the Resident Coordinator system. This group convenes at the level of heads of agencies and at the Assistant Secretary-General/Assistant Director-General level.

UNDG Advisory Group (ASG/ADG Members)

FAO Ms. Carla Mucavi 
Director, FAO Liaison Office, NY


Vinicius Pinheiro - ILO-low Ms.Vinicius Carvalho Pinheiro
Special Representative and Director of the ILO


Ms. Jan Beagle
Deputy Executive Director

Mr. Joakim Reiter
Deputy Secretary General

Mr. Thomas Gass
Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs

Mr. Jens Wandel
Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management


Ms. Qian Tang
Assistant Director-General for Education, OiC Bureau of Strategic Planning


Ms. Laura Londen
ASG and DED (Management)


Ms. George Okoth-Obbo
Assistant High Commissioner for Operations


Advisory Portrait - 10-UNICEF Ms. Yoka Brandt
Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs


Advisory Portrait - 11-UNIDO Mr. Taizo Nishikawa
Deputy to Director-General
Logo for OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Flavia Pansieri
Deputy High Commissioner

Logo for UN ESCWA - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Mr. Amr Nour
Director Regional Commissions NY Office


Mr. Amir Abdulla
Deputy Executive Director


Mr. Ian Smith
Executive Director



Mr. Yannick Glemarec
ASG/DED Policy and Programme

UNDG Advisory Group Membership



Rotational (for a period of one year, as of 1 January 2015)

  • UNCTAD (representing UNEP, UN Habitat and UNODC)
  • Economic and Social Commission for Western Africa (representing all five Regional Commissions)


Publication Date
Files and links
Report of the UNDG ASG Advisory Group Visioning Retreat, 23-24 October 2014 2014