Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Sun 07 Sep - Fri 12 Sep, 2008
(Session 455)

Carolyn McAskie Carolyn McAskie (Faculty)

Country/Region: Canada

Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding, United Nations, New York

Biography:
Carolyn MCASKIE is former assistant secretary general for peacebuilding at the United Nations in New York. Previously she served as the senior UN envoy to Burundi and head of the UN peacekeeping operation there. She served as a member of the Facilitation Team of the Burundi Peace Process in Arusha in 1999 under the late Julius Nyerere, the former President of Tanzania, and as Humanitarian Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the humanitarian crisis in Cote d'Ivoire in 2003. From 1999 to 2004, she was the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, serving on a temporary basis as Emergency Relief Coordinator from 1999 to January 2001. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. McAskie had a thirty-year career with the Federal Government of Canada in the Canadian International Development Agency. Early in her career, she served in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London as assistant director of finance and personnel from 1975 to 1980 and as Canadian high commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 1986 to 1989. Carolyn McAskie has played a prominent role in multilateral negotiations as a Canadian delegate to the UN Funds and Programmes and in the Governing Councils of international financial institutions.