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DR Noeleen Heyzer

Social Scientist and Former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations

Dr Noeleen Heyzer was an under-secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) and the highest ranking Singaporean in the United Nations (2007-2014). She was the first woman to serve as the executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947.

Dr Heyzer was the first executive director outside of North America to lead the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She was widely recognised for the formulation and implementation of the landmark of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Dr Heyzer was also the UN SG’s special adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building and sustainable development. Currently she is a member of the UN SG’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

Dr Heyzer holds a BA (Hons) and a MSc degree from Singapore University, a PhD from Cambridge University, and has received numerous international awards for leadership.