Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark heads the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), making her the third-highest ranking person at the UN. She is pictured here speaking to reporters in Lao PDR, October 2010. www.undp.org PHOTO: UNDP
Helen Clark: b. 1950; Helen Clark is a New Zealand politician, who was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand serving three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. She was the first woman elected, at a general election, as the Prime Minister, and was the fifth longest serving person to hold that office. She has been Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third-highest UN position, since 2009.
Helen Clark saw a decade of economic success as Prime Minister of New Zealand for three terms. She is now the administrator for the UN's Development Program which confronts the world's worst development problems.