Helen Clark one of world’s most powerful women, says Forbes

24 Aug 2011

image UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, shown here in Papua New Guinea, is also the former Prime Minister of New Zealand. (Photo: UNDP)

New York - Forbes Magazine today announced Helen Clark, chief of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.  

Appearing regularly in Forbes’ annual league table since her time as Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark ranked No. 50 this year, up from No. 61 in 2009.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came in at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively.

“Helen Clark has the trifecta of characteristics of a 2011 power woman,” said Forbes Deputy Editor Caroline Howard.

“She controls a US$5 billion budget, has reach into [177] developing countries around the world and an extraordinary career in politics as former Prime Minister of New Zealand that she is able to leverage on the global stage.”

The world’s 100 most powerful women on the list were chosen this year for their reach and influence.

Click here for the full article:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2011/08/24/the-worlds-100-most-powerful-women-this-year-its-all-about-reach/