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Keynote Speaker

Dr. David O’Connor, current UN ambassador for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where he graduated Summa cum Laude, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a PhD. from University College London.  Dr. O’Connor also currently works as a Sustainable Economist with the World Resources Institute.

Previously, Dr. O’Connor worked as the Chief of Policy Analyst at the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development in New York, where he led the team that supported the intergovernmental negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the world’s leaders in September 2015.

As a result of this work, he co-authored (with the then Kenyan Ambassador to the UN, Macharia Kamau, and Professor Pamela Chasek of Manhattan College) Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Before joining the United Nations, Dr. O’Connor was a senior researcher at the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental think-tank based in Paris. While there he wrote a book titled Managing the Environment with Rapid Industrialisation: Lessons from the East Asian Experience and wrote papers on climate policy in developing countries and how it can benefit human health and well-being.

The MPHMUN 2019 conference theme is “Sustaining Our World”.  We believe Dr. O’Connor will provide a valuable perspective and contributions to theme and we are honored with his presence as our keynote speaker.