International Steering Group

Francesc Vendrell CMG
Chairman

Francesc Vendrell CMG

Ambassador Francesc Vendrell CMG, currently a Senior Consultant to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Senior Fellow at the LSE and Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins University, Bologna, spent the academic year 2008-09 as Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton University. Between July 2002 and the end of August 2008 he served as the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan, having served previously in 2000 and 2001 as the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Afghanistan.

A career UN official, Mr. Vendrell served for seven years (1993-99) as Director of the Asia and the Pacific Division, UN Department of Political Affairs, serving concurrently as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cambodia (1995-99) Papua New Guinea (1995-98) and as either Envoy or Senior Adviser for Myanmar (1993-99) and East Timor (1993-99) an issue on which he was deeply involved for many years until the referendum on self-determination in late August 1999 that led to the eventual independence of Timor Leste. More recently in 2008-09 Francesc Vendrell was Head of the UN High Level Team charged with playing a good offices role in connection with the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.

Between 1986 and 1992 Francesc Vendrell was Director for Europe and the Americas in the Office of Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar, serving concurrently in 1987-92 as his Deputy Special Representative for the Central America Peace Processes (Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala). With the arrival of Boutros-Ghali, Mr Vendrell served in 1992-93 as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Armenia, Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and subsequently as Senior Political Adviser to the UN Envoy on Haiti.

Francesc Vendrell holds an MA from Cambridge, an LLB from London and a law degree from Barcelona University.

In 2009 Mr. Vendrell was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II a (Honorary) Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG)