Jordan Ryan serves as the vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center. He assumed his duties in June 2015. Mr. Ryan was named an assistant secretary-general for the United Nations in 2009, serving as the assistant administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery until his retirement at the end of September 2014.
Mr. Ryan had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations, where he brought a wealth of development experience, including in post-crisis settings. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Ryan served as the deputy special representative of the secretary-general (Recovery and Governance) and as the U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Liberia. From 2001 to 2005, he was the U.N. resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Vietnam, where he was one of the key inspirations for the U.N.'s "Delivering as One" initiative. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Ryan served as deputy director, and then director, of the office of the UNDP administrator in New York.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Ryan held the positions of UNDP deputy resident representative and senior assistant resident representative in Vietnam. He was also the UNDP assistant resident representative in China. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Ryan worked as an international legal consultant in China and Saudi Arabia as well as an attorney in California, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Ryan has a master's in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; a J.D. from the National Law Center, The George Washington University; and a B.A. in anthropology from Yale University. He was a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001.