Jan Vandemoortele was Director of the Poverty Group at UNDP in New York from 2001-05, during which time he was the co-architect of the Millennium Development Goals. He served in various other capacities with the United Nations for over 30 years, both at headquarters and in the field – with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and seconded to the World Bank. His last position was as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Pakistan.
He is now an independent researcher, writer and lecturer, and is member of various advisory groups, including to the UN Secretary-General.
Jan holds a PhD in Development Economics and is a regular speaker at international conferences and universities.