NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

JULY 15, 2019

NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

While the Secretary General made several appointments in senior positions, the most effective ones would be those heading Departments within the Secretariat.

Two recent announcements:

Ms. Catherine Pollard of Guyana -- Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance

10 June 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Catherine Pollard of Guyana as the next Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. She will succeed Jan Beagle of New Zealand to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her extraordinary work in management reform in the United Nations system and 40 years of dedicated service to the Organization.

Ms. Pollard brings to the position over three decades of experience in human, financial, information communications technology and support operations and services and has a proven record of transformational leadership in the United Nations system. She is currently Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Affairs, a position she assumed in 2015. Her previous leadership roles include Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management.

She joined the United Nations in 1989 as Chief of National Executive Projects at the United Nations Development Programme. She then served the United Nations in various capacities, including as Chief Budget Officer for the United Nations Operations in Yugoslavia and Central Headquarters, Chief of the Budget and Finance Section of the United Nations Volunteers, Director of the Peacekeeping Finance Division in the Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts and Chief of Staff in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Ms. Pollard holds a Master’s in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.

Mr. Movses Abelian of Armenia -- Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management

10 June 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Movses Abelian of Armenia (as well as a national of Georgia), as the next Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. He will succeed Catherine Pollard of Guyana who has been appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance.

Mr. Abelian is currently Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. Prior to assuming this position in 2016, he was Director of the Security Council Affairs Division in the Department of Political Affairs.

He brings to the position over 25 years of experience in conference and management affairs, coupled with experience in peace and security issues, conflict resolution as well as extensive expertise leading, supporting and managing complex portfolios and intergovernmental processes in the United Nations system. Mr. Abelian also has extensive experience in management, including programme planning and budget, having previously worked as Secretary of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the General Assembly (Fifth Committee) and the Committee on Programme and Coordination at the United Nations.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Abelian was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations (1998-2003) and Deputy Permanent Representative (1996 to 1998). Prior to joining the Foreign Service of Armenia in 1992, Mr. Abelian worked in academia as an Associate Professor at Yerevan State University.

Mr. Abelian was educated in Armenia, the Russian Federation and the United States. He is married and has two children.


Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces

An awaited appointment is that of Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications to head the crucial department dealing with the media in New York and worldwide in every member state. It is already known that Ms. Alison Smale of UK would be leaving by the end of this summer. Speculation about contenders vary. Certain permanent representatives are either aspiring or being seriously considered. Certain interviews were made without clear indication yet. Diplomatic corridors mention the name of Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, who has performed admirable task as president of the current General Assembly Session. Her term expires with the opening of the new session in early September. She will certainly be available by then and most likely looking forward.