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Jordan Ryan Named Vice President for Peace Programs at The Carter Center

Contact: Deanna Congileo,

ATLANTA....Jordan Ryan has been named vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center, effective June 1, 2015. Ryan served 24 years with the United Nations in developing countries and post-crisis settings. Most recently, he was assistant administrator of United Nations Development Programme and director of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, serving at the assistant secretary-general level.

"With an accomplished career at the United Nations, Jordan Ryan brings valuable experience working with nations struggling to recover from conflict, build democratic processes, and strengthen human rights - all central components of the Carter Center's work to wage peace around the world," said Carter Center CEO Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters.

From 2006-2009, Ryan was deputy special representative of the secretary-general for recovery and governance, and resident and humanitarian coordinator of the U.N. mission in Liberia. He joined UNDP in China as assistant resident representative in 1991, was senior assistant resident representative and deputy resident representative in Viet Nam from 1993-1996, and was resident representative there from 2001-2005. He served as deputy director of the Office of the Administrator in UNDP headquarters from 1996-97 and director of that office from 1997-2001.

Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Yale University, a law degree from George Washington University, and a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He was a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001.


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