Tuesday, 20 July 2021, London, United Kingdom: 37th New Zealand prime minister and 8th Head of the United Nations Development Programme, The Rt Hon Helen Clark, has been elected president of Chatham House.
The Rt Hon Helen Clark is due to replace erstwhile United Kingdom Prime Minister, Sir John Major, who is retiring from the role. Helen Clark will join Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller and Lord Darling as one of the institute’s three serving presidents.
Helen Clark served in the capacity as prime minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008. Subsequently she became the 8th and first female administrator of the UN Development Programme, completing two terms from 2009-2017.
Ms Clark was elected at the Annual General Meeting of Chatham House held on 20 July which also marked the last official engagement for Lord O’Neill, who has now handed over to Sir Nigel Sheinwald as Chair of the institute.
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