Susana Malcorra, a national of Argentina, is the current Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She has held this position since April 2012 at the rank of Under-Secretary-General and is a member of the Secretary-General’s Senior Management Team. In her position as Chef de Cabinet, Ms. Malcorra is responsible for advising the Secretary-General on a wide range of sensitive global and organizational issues, keeping track of important and sensitive issues, as well as representing the Secretary-General both in New York and around the world when necessary.
Prior to holding this position, Ms. Malcorra served as the first Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support. In this role, she led and directed the logistical, management and administrative support to all United Nations’ peacekeeping and special political missions in some of the most remote and austere areas of the world. She was responsible for the deployment and sustainment of more than 120 000 civilian, military and police personnel and administered a global budget of more than $7.5 billion globally. In addition, Ms. Malcorra’s vision for and implementation of a new service delivery model has resulted in improved quality and faster services to missions, significant savings for Member States and safer working environments and increased use of local staff and goods.
Before joining the Department of Field Support, Ms. Malcorra served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), overseeing daily emergency and humanitarian operations in more than 80 countries, with over 10 000 personnel. During her tenure at WFP, she led the initial phase of the operational response to the tsunami emergency in December 2004 and managed human resources, budget, finance, information technology, telecommunications, administration and security. Prior to that, Ms. Malcorra worked over 25 years in the private sector, with leadership roles at IBM and Telecom Argentina.