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Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP

June 30th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Development, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Europe, North America, Subsaharan Africa
Geographical Expertise - Country: China
Language: English
Field of Work: Law, United Nations
City: New York
Country: USA
Continent: North America

Email: jordan.ryan@theglobalexperts.org

JordanRyan sq Jordan RyanJordan Ryan was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in February 2009.

Mr. Ryan has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations and brings a wealth of development experience, including in post-crisis settings. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Ryan served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Recovery and Governance) and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia. From 2001 to 2005, he was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, where he was one of the key inspirations for Delivering as One. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Ryan served as Deputy Director, then Director of the Office of the UNDP Administrator in New York between 1996 and 2001.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Ryan held the positions of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Senior Assistant Resident Representative in Vietnam. He was also the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in China. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Ryan worked as an attorney in New York and California and an international legal consultant in Asia and in the Middle East.

Mr. Ryan, who is a US national, holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University, a J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and a B.A. in anthropology from Yale University. He was a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2001.

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