GOVERNANCE / Achim Steiner
Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Achim Steiner became United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator on 19 June 2017 and is serving a term of four years. The UN General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2017, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.

Mr. Steiner is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites 40 entities of the UN system that work to support sustainable development.

Over nearly three decades, Mr. Steiner has been a global leader in sustainable development, climate resilience, and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth, and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to joining the UNDP, Mr. Steiner was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. He has served across the UN system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. Mr. Steiner led the UN Environment Programme (2006 – 2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Mr. Steiner previously held other notable positions including Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams.

Mr. Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.


  • MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Worcester College at Oxford University (England)
  • MA, School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (England)