Catherine Pollard

Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance

Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC)

On 1 September 2019, Catherine Pollard of Guyana assumed her role as Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance.

Before joining the Department for Mangement Strategy, Policy, and Compliance (DMSPC), Ms. Catherine Pollard served as Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management.  Prior to that, Ms. Pollard served as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management since September 2014.

On 17 December 2015, the Secretary-General appointed Ms. Pollard as the Coordinator for Multilingualism in the United Nations Secretariat.  She was also appointed on 16 August 2017 by the Secretary-General as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations International School.

Before joining the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), she was Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management since 2008.  While in that position, she represented the Secretary-General on human resource management issues, providing advice on wide-ranging strategies and policies.  She has led human resources reform initiatives and the introduction of new policies during her tenure including as Co-Chair of the Chief Executive Board/Human Resources Network for the United Nations common system.

Prior to joining the Office of Human Resources Management, Ms. Pollard was Chief of Staff in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and before that, the Director of the Peacekeeping Finance Division in the Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts.

Ms. Pollard’s career in the United Nations began in 1989 when she worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Chief of National Execution Projects. In 1993, she joined the Department for Peacekeeping Operations; she then worked as Chief Budget Officer for the United Nations Operations in Yugoslavia and Central Headquarters.  Thereafter, she served as Chief of the Budget and Finance Section of the United Nations Volunteers.

Ms. Pollard brings a proven track record of valuable experience in conference management, financial, human resource and general administrative management.  During her 28 years with the United Nations, she acquired a solid foundation of the United Nations culture, organizational and operational structures, global initiatives and reform efforts in accordance with the Secretary-General’s priorities and strategies.  In each of her assignments at senior levels, she has helped to effect real improvements in management practices, moving away from the status quo.

Born in 1960, Ms. Pollard holds a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.