MIL-OSI United Nations: Secretary-General Appoints Anacláudia Marinheiro Centeno Rossbach of Brazil Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme

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Source: United Nations General Assembly and Security Council

Following nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, the General Assembly, on 7 June, elected Anacláudia Marinheiro Centeno Rossbach of Brazil as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

She succeeds Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her service and commitment to the Organization. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Michal Mlynár, Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat, who will continue to serve as Acting Executive Director until Ms. Rossbach assumes her position.

Ms. Rossbach, an economist, brings to the position over 20 years of experience working on precarious and informal urban settlements, social housing and urban policies, together with designing and implementing strategies for public, social and private organizations with local, national and international stakeholders.

She has been the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy since 2022.  From 2014 to 2022, she worked for the Cities Alliance, serving as the Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, where she supported communities of practice, promoted the transfer and exchange of knowledge and provided advisory services on housing and urban policies in Brazil, Jamaica, Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay, among others.  She also led the organization’s Global Programme on Informality in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  From 2005 to 2014, she served as a Senior Housing Specialist for the World Bank, providing technical assistance and facilitating high-level policy dialogue to develop and implement housing in several countries around the world.  This includes in Brazil, where she had a leadership role in the design of large-scale housing and informal settlements upgrading programmes, and in India, Mozambique, the Philippines and South Africa.

She also worked for the Municipality of São Paulo and was the founding director of the non-governmental organization Interação, affiliated with Slums Dwellers International, developing high-impact projects in informal communities in the state of São Paulo and the city of Recife, Brazil.

Ms. Rossbach holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Master of Science in political economy from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Brazil.  She speaks English, German, Portuguese and Spanish and has an intermediate knowledge of French.

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