Izumi Nakamitsu

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator. Leading UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit.

Izumi Nakamitsu was appointed Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in November 2014. She leads UNDP's Crisis Response Unit.<br /> <br /> Ms Nakamitsu has more than 30 years of experience in foreign affairs, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, democratization and elections, including with the UN, an intergovernmental organization and in academia.<br /> <br /> Her most recent prior experience was with the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations; as Director of the Asia and the Middle East Division and as Director of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training.<br /> <br /> Between 2005 and 2008, Ms Nakamitsu was Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo; a member of the Foreign Exchange Council of the Japanese Foreign Minister; and a visiting senior advisor on peacebuilding at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). <br /> <br /> She was also Chef de Cabinet and Director of Planning and Coordination at the Stockholm-based intergovernmental organization, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) between 1998 and 2004.<br /> <br /> Earlier in her career, Ms Nakamitsu served on the UN Reform Team of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan; in the Office of the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Policy and Operations; and in UNHCR field operations in the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and northern Iraq.<br /> <br /> Ms. Nakamitsu is a Japanese national. She holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Laws from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.