Franz Baumann

Franz Baumann is a German former United Nations official, who served as Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Special Adviser on Environment and Peace Operations at the United Nations Secretariat in New York until the end of 2015. Baumann worked for the European Parliament in Luxembourg from 1976, in 1979 at the European Commission in Brussels and in 1980 for Siemens in Munich. He began his career with the United Nations in 1980, serving from 1980 to 1982 as Associate Expert in Nigeria for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He then worked in various departments at the United Nations Secretariat, including those of management and peacekeeping, and in the Office of the Secretary General. In 1993 he was Chief Administrative Officer of the joint United Nations/Organization of American States Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH). In 2002 he was appointed Director for Management of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), in 2004 Deputy Director-General of UNOV, in 2006 Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and in 2007 Acting Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). In 2009 he was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management at the United Nations Secretariat. In September 2014 he became Senior Deployment Coordinator for Umoja and in September 2015 Special Advisor on Environment and Peace Operations. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he is also a senior fellow. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the German International School New York.