Opening Session: Pathways into the Future, Triggers of Change

Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva

On 11 March 2011, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan as the new Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), succeeding Sergei Ordzhonikidze.

Mr. Tokayev possesses a wealth of experience at the senior levels of Government. He has a thorough knowledge of the Conference on Disarmament and the issues surrounding the deliberations of the Conference, coupled with extensive hands-on management experience. He also brings to bear the ability to create consensus among United Nations agencies, partners in the public and private sector, academia and civil society in pursuit of the Organization’s objectives.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Tokayev was the Chair of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. He had also served as Minister for Foreign Affairs (1994-1999), Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-2007), and as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan (1999-2002).

Born in 1953, he is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the Beijing Institute of the Chinese Language and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and he holds a doctorate of political science.

He is married and has a son.

For more information about Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, visit the United Nations Office at Geneva website.