Former UN Deputy Secretary-General to Kofi Annan & Former UK Minister
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Mark Malloch-Brown served as a number two in the United Nations and was a member of the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. An active personality in the worlds of business and non-profit, he currently sits in the House of Lords while remaining involved in international affairs.
He is now the Chairman of SGO and its branch Smartmatic, a renowned elections technology provider. Mark Malloch-Brown sits on many private boards, including Kerogen (an independent equity fund specialising in oil and gas), Investec and Seplat (both listed on stock markets internationally). After leading the EMEA practice for the global business firm FTI Consulting, he became a senior Special Adviser for the company.
He was Kofi Annan’s right hand man at the UN, serving as his Chief of Staff and then becoming Deputy Secretary-General. He also led the UN’s international development efforts by working as Administrator of the UNDP for a period of six years. Later, he served as Minister of State for the Foreign Office, covering the regions of Africa and Asia and being knighted in 2007 for his international contribution.
Originally trained as a journalist for The Economist, he was a former member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Additionally, he has been the vice-chairman for the World Economic Forum and for George Soro’s Investment Funds and his Open Society Institute. He also worked as vice-president for the World Bank.
He sits on many non-profit boards such as the International Crisis Group, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Centre for Global Development and serves as the former Chair of the Royal Africa Society. He is also a Distinguished Practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and a former distinguished fellow at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation.
In 2005, Mark Malloch Brown was among the 100 most influential individuals in the world according to Times Magazine. In 2011, Penguin published his book The Unfinished Global Revolution. He currently writes, broadcasts and lectures about topics such as the big global challenges, the world’s worst trouble spots, reforming the UN, corporate bottom-lines and about his own life, professional experiences and leadership management.
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