Mary Chinery-Hesse

Dr. Chinery-Hesse obtained her BA (Hons) in Sociology and Economics, and Doctor of Laws (Honoris causa) degrees from the University of Ghana, Trinity College, postgraduate training in Development Economics from the University of Dublin, and the World Bank Institute.

In 1981, Dr. Chinery-Hesse began working for the United Nations. She was appointed the first African Woman Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and Resident Representative of UNDP to many countries (including Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Seychelles, and Uganda). In 1989, she was appointed as the first woman Deputy Director-General of the International Labor Organization in Geneva. She is also a Commissioner of the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Dr. Chinery-Hesse was a member of the Council of African Advisers of the World Bank, served as Chairperson of the Consultative Committee on Programme and Operational Questions of the United Nations, the Commonwealth Expert Group of Eminent Persons on Structural Adjustment and Women, and the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Review of Progress in the Implementation of the Programme for the Least Developed Countries. She is currently a Member of the U.N Secretary-General's Blue Ribbon Panel of Eminent Persons on Threats, Challenges and Change.

Before joining the United Nations, Ms Chinery-Hesse was Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana, and Secretary of the National Economic Planning Council. She is a member of the country’s Board of the Centre for Policy Analysis, and a Commissioner of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission. Dr. Chinery-Hesse also serves as a member of the Eminent Persons’ Advisory Panel of the African Union, the Distinguished High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Financing for Development (Zedillo Commission), and the ICSC Panel on Strengthening of the International Civil Service. In addition, she acts as a Consultant to several Governments and International Institutions.