Advisory Board

Rt Hon. Helen Clark

Former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator

Helen Clark served as Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008 and as a member of Parliament in New Zealand for over 27 years. In April 2009, Helen Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), serving two terms through 2017. She was the first woman to lead the organization. She simultaneously chaired the United Nations Development Group, consisting of all UN development funds, programs, agencies, and departments. UNDP, during her tenure, was ranked the most transparent global development organization.

From 2020-2021 she Co-Chaired the WHO-mandated Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. She chairs the boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Organisation, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and other public good organisations and initiatives, and is a board member of others.

Throughout her career, Ms. Clark has held a particular focus on sustainable development and climate. Her policy, programmatic and advocacy work spanning the international, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts (Hons) from Auckland University, where she subsequently taught political science.