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Dr. David Malone of Canada begins term as United Nations University Rector

1 March 2013, Tokyo — The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce that Dr. David M. Malone of Canada today has assumed office for a five-year term as Rector of UNU. In this role, Dr. Malone holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The selection of Dr. Malone as the sixth Rector of UNU, to succeed Dr. Konrad Osterwalder of Switzerland (UNU Rector from 1 Sept. 2007 to 28 Feb. 2013), was previously announced by the UN Secretary-General’s Office in October 2012.

Prior to joining UNU, Dr. Malone had served (from 2008) as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency that supports policy-relevant research in the developing world. See below for a brief profile of Dr. Malone’s career.

“I congratulate Dr. Malone and look forward to working closely with him to strengthen the vital work of the United Nations University”, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Dr. Malone brings a world of experience to the job, and I wish him well as he takes on this important assignment.”

On behalf of the governing Council of the United Nations University, Council Chair Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan of Sudan said: “We are very pleased with the appointment of Dr. Malone as the sixth Rector of UNU. The members of the Council join me in welcoming Rector Malone to the University community, and we look forward very much to working with him in the coming months and years.”

“I have worked alongside the United Nations University and within several UNU projects in the past, and retain excellent memories of those experiences”, noted Dr. Malone.

“I am grateful to my predecessor, Konrad Osterwalder, for having worked tirelessly to enhance the research and academic capacities of UNU”, he added. “I very much look forward to getting to know the research teams animating UNU’s work around the world, and also to meeting its growing faculty and student body.”

As Rector, Dr. Malone will be based at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

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