Jordan Ryan

Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery



Jordan Ryan has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations and brings a wealth of development experience, including in post-crisis settings.

From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Ryan served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Recovery and Governance) and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia. From 2001 to 2005, he was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, where he was one of the key inspirations for the Delivering as One initiative. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Ryan served as Deputy Director, then Director of the Office of the UNDP Administrator in New York between 1996 and 2001.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Ryan held the positions of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Senior Assistant Resident Representative in Vietnam from 1993 to 1996. He was also the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in China from 1991 to 1993. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Ryan worked as an attorney in New York and California and an international legal consultant in Asia and in the Middle East.

Mr. Ryan, a US national, holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University, a JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and a BA in anthropology from Yale University. He was a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2001.

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