David M. Malone, became Rector of the UN University (UNU), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, in 2013 (until 2023). UNU, a confederation of research institutions and partnerships located on all continents, serves as the UN’s principal think-tank.
He holds a BAA from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal); an Arabic Language Diploma from the American University (Cairo); an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University.
Prior to joining the UNU, Malone served (2008–2013) as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a leading global funding agency that supports policy-relevant research in the developing world.
He had previously served as Canada’s Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council and as an Ambassador of Canada to the UN; as Director General of the Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaus within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT); as President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute); as DFAIT Senior official on Global Issues; and as Canada’s High Commissioner to India, and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal.
He has published extensively, in academic and lighter veins.