Rebeca Grynspan begins appointment as Associate Administrator of UNDP

01 Feb 2010

New York - Rebeca Grynspan of Costa Rica began her appointment today as the Associate Administrator of UNDP.

Prior to her appointment as the Associate Administrator of UNDP, Rebeca Grynspan served as the Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean for four years, where she was a strong advocate for the Millennium Development Goals, for system-wide coherence, and an organization more responsive to the needs of developing countries.

“With Rebeca’s impressive experience and strong management track record, both in the UN system and in government in Costa Rica, I am confident that she will play an invaluable role in helping me to lead UNDP, to bring about the changes we seek, and deliver development results where they matter most,” said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.

In addition to her experience as an adviser, lecturer and author, Ms. Grynspan has been actively involved in key United Nations initiatives such as the Millennium Project’s Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development and on the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development.

Prior to her service with UNDP, she worked within the United Nations system as the Director of the subregional headquarters in Mexico of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from 2001 to 2006. Before joining the United Nations system, Ms. Grynspan served in several ministerial level positions with her Government (1986-1994), before becoming Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica (1994-1998).

As Associate Administrator, she will assist the Administrator in overseeing UNDP programmes, as well as fulfilling other leadership responsibilities in the organization. UNDP focuses on helping developing countries build capacity in the areas of democratic governance, conflict prevention and recovery, poverty reduction, energy and environment, and HIV/AIDS. In all of its work, UNDP seeks to promote human rights and the empowerment of women.

Born in 1955, Ms. Grynspan holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

She is married and has a daughter and a son.

Contact Information

Christina Lo Nigro, Office of Communication, New York, +1 212 906 5301, christina.lonigro@undp.org