United Nations Under-Secretary-General
UNDP Associate Administrator, UNDP New York
Rebeca Grynspan was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator effective 1 February, 2010.
Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Grynspan was elected Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She also served as Housing Minister, Coordinating Minister of Economy, Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs and Vice-Minister of Finance.
Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Grynspan served as Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme (2006-2010). Previously, she was Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-regional Headquarters in Mexico, where she also served as Co-Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Executive Board.
Ms. Grynspan is a strong and consistent advocate for human development. She has helped focus global attention on the need to reduce inequality, build social cohesion, empower women, and achieve the world’s Millennium Development Goals. Her many contributions include spearheading the design and implementation of Costa Rica‘s National Plan Against Poverty and initiating Human Development Reports for Latin America and Caribbean which broke new ground in highlighting the inter-generational transmission of inequality.
In addition to her experience as an adviser, lecturer and author, Ms. Grynspan has contributed to 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. She has worked with multiple Government institutions, national and international organizations as Counselor, Adviser and Researcher.
Ms. Grynspan has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on social and economic policy, gender and poverty.
Ms. Grynspan is Costa Rican and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Sussex (England) and studied Economy and Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.