Fernando Blasco

Fernando Blasco has served as Vice-President of the Council of the University for Peace (UPEACE) since October 2015 and he teaches on Conflict Resolution, as well as Peace and Development for the University’s Master Program. He consults to the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and teaches in several programs of the UNSSC.

Between April 2012 and November 2016 he:

  • - Served as Director in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and was the main strategic adviser for the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet. This role had a focus on management reform, and in coordination and supervision of reports to Member States’ Legislative Bodies on management issues.
  • - Served as Secretary to the United Nations Secretary-General's Management Committee where he supported the Secretary-General's UN educational activities worldwide – namely the United Nations University, the United Nations System Staff College and the University for Peace in particular.
  • - Served as focal point in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General for coordination of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.

Between July 2008 and March 2012 he:

  • - Directed the global field support strategy development and implementation in the Department of Field Support of the United Nations at the New York Headquarters in support of UN Peacekeeping Missions and Special Political Missions worldwide.
  • - Developed a five-year management implementation plan adopted and funded by the UN General Assembly to strengthen service delivery in terms of deployment of civilian, military and police personnel, logistics and financial and human services support to UN peace operations. The plan supports more than 120,000 United Nations personnel distributed all over the world,particularly in the most difficult and dangerous areas where they are deployed through Security Council mandates in the ambit of the maintenance of international peace and security.

Between 2004 and 2008 he:

Served as special advisor on management for the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations’ World Food Program in Rome. Fernando focused on efficiency of international missions in African countries, for emergency relief in particular.

Between 1990 and 1993 he :

  • - Worked for IBM HQ in New York as Marketing Strategy Manager for Latin America. He had joined IBM in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1977 as a Systems Engineer and developed a management career until 1989.

In 1993, Fernando founded an Executive Consulting firm in Argentina and served as President of the firm until 2003. The firm provided services to national and international companies, specializing in the implementation of customer driven result-based management.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University, New York, in Business Administration and has an undergraduate degree in Electronics from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also graduated from the IBM Management Acceleration Program in New York : a one-year training program that combines three four month-assignments in different areas of the business, and short intensive formal training (Harvard Business School and Brookings Institution).