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 Press release - Mark Malloch Brown To Leave World Bank (WB)

 Press release date: 22.04.1999

The World Bank
News Release No. 99/2159/S

Contact: David Theis (202) 473-1955

World Bank Vice President for External and UN Affairs to Head UNDP

WASHINGTON, April 23, 1999Mark Malloch Brown, Vice President for External Affairs and Vice President for United Nations Affairs, is departing the World Bank to become the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

A British citizen, Mr. Malloch Brown replaces Mr. James Gustave Speth, UNDP Administrator since 1993, who has accepted an offer from Yale University to be the Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mr. Malloch Browns appointment is effective July 1, 1999.

Established in 1965, the UNDP is the worlds largest multilateral source of grant technical assistance for sustainable human development, as well as the central coordinating organization for United Nations development activities worldwide.

Commenting on Mr. Malloch Browns departure, World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn said, I believe that Mark will do a wonderful job as head of the UNDP, and I wish him every success. I am certain that his appointment will further strengthen the partnership between the Bank and the U.N. system. We will certainly miss him here at the World Bank, where he has made a formidable contribution to our work.

Mark Malloch Brown joined the World Bank in 1994 as the Director of External Affairs. He was appointed to the positions of Vice President for External Affairs and Vice President for United Nations Affairs at the beginning of 1996.

Upon his arrival, Mr. Malloch Brown greatly enhanced the Banks outreach, expanding partnerships with other U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations, building stronger links with client and donor countries, and strengthening media outreach and strategic communications worldwide. Surveys have shown that, in the past four years, the Banks relationships with its partners in developing and industrial countries, including governments, the press, and civil society, have improved immensely.

Mr. Malloch Brown increased the Banks presence in Europe, and deepened the Banks relations with non-European donor capitals as well. He was also instrumental in securing contributions for the International Development Associationthe World Banks lending arm for the poorest countriesfrom the donor community.

From 1979-1983, Mr. Malloch Brown worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. From 1979-1981, he was stationed in Thailand, where he was in charge of field operations for Cambodian refugees. In 1981, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the emergency unit in Geneva, undertaking extensive missions in the Horn of Africa and Central America as well as developing emergency assistance measures for dealing with crises of mass influx. In 1981, the UNHCR and its staff were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr. Malloch Brown founded The Economist Development Report, a monthly report on the aid community and political economy of development, for The Economist and served as the reports editor from 1983-1986. Previously, from 1977-1979, he had been The Economists political correspondent.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Malloch Brown was the lead international partner from 1986-1994 in a strategic communications management firm, where he worked with corporations, governments, and political candidates. He also provided strategic advice to governments on managing change and on public policy issues including privatization, environment, human rights, and other matters. Mr. Malloch Brown also advised CEOs on corporate marketing and change management issues.

Active in human rights and refugee issues, Mr. Malloch Brown is a board member of the Open Society Institute, George Soros foundation network. In 1997, he chaired for Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, a taskforce on the reform of UN communications activities. He formerly served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Refugees International in Washington, D.C., and was active in early support for Bosnia. He has written and broadcast extensively about development, refugees, and international financial and political matters.

Mr. Malloch Brown was educated at Cambridge University, where he received a First Class Honors Degree in History from Magdalene College, and at the University of Michigan, where he received a Masters Degree in Political Science.

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