United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen of Denmark as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Management) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), replacing Mari Simonen, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and commitment to the Organization.
With nearly 20 years of managerial experience, Ms. Albrectsen previously held leadership positions in UNFPA, as well as the Government of Denmark and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Currently Ambassador and Under-Secretary-General for Management in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she directs global management services for 2,800 staff and operates with an annual budget of $3 billion.
Ms. Albrectsen also has a strong background in development work, having served with UNDP from 1997 to 2004, first as Deputy Resident Representative in Indonesia and later as Director and Management Adviser in the Administrator’s Office at UNDP Headquarters. She has direct knowledge of UNFPA’s mandate and areas of work, having served the Fund’s Representative in Turkey and as Country Director for Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
She holds a Master of Science degree in law from the University of Copenhagen.
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