Helgason, Kristinn

Kristinn Sv. Helgason is the Deputy Chief of the Development Cooperation Policy Branch in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the UN Secretariat with responsibility for analysis and reporting on issues related to international development cooperation and operational activities for development of the UN system. He was the architect and coordinator of the substantive preparations of DESA for the 2012 quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of the General Assembly of operational activities for development of the UN system. He has also led an effort in the past three years to transform statistics, analysis and reporting by the Secretary-General on funding of UN operational activities for development, which account for some two-thirds of all system-wide activities of the UN. In 2009 and 2010, he was one of the two main Secretariat resources persons for the intergovernmental negotiations on UN system-wide coherence. He also coordinates the preparations of DESA for the biennial high-level Development Cooperation Forum of ECOSOC including the various preparatory events. Prior to joining DESA, he worked in UNDP as Governance Adviser, first in New York and then in Zimbabwe, and as the Coordinator of the Sub-regional Resources Facility for South and West Asia based in Pakistan. Before joining UNDP, he was on the staff of UNEP, first in Nairobi and then in Japan as part of a team charged with establishing the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre. His public service career started in his own country, Iceland, where he served in the Ministry for the Environment.  He has a Cand. Oecon. degree in Business Economics, Masters in Business Administration, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Faculty Type: 
Division of Global Affairs
English, Icelandic
Africa, South and West Asia
Visiting Professor of Global Practice
MBA, MPA Harvard University
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