Rebeca Grynspan

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Rebeca Grynspan
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Rebeca Grynspan in 2012
Secretary-General of the SEGIB
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 April 2014
Preceded by Enrique V. Iglesias
Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 February 2010
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Administrator Helen Clark
Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme.
In office
2006–2010
Director of the Sub regional Headquarters in Mexico of United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
In office
2001–2006
2.° Vice President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 1994 – 8 May 1998
President José María Figueres
Preceded by Arnoldo López Echandi
Succeeded by Elizabeth Odio Benito
Minister of Housing and Human Settlement
In office
1996–1998
President Óscar Arias
Vice Minister of Finance
In office
1986–1988
Personal details
Born (1955-12-14) 14 December 1955 (age 58)
San José,  Costa Rica
Political party National Liberation Party (Costa Rica)
Spouse(s) Saúl Weisleder
Children 2
Alma mater University of Costa Rica
University of Sussex
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Gryspan and the second or maternal family name is Mayufis.

Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis (born 1955) is a Costa Rican economist, the Secretary General of SEGIB,[1] the Ibero-American Secretary General, a former UN Under-Secretary-General, and the Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She was the Vice President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. Grynspan previously served as Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, appointed to the position by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in December 2005.[2]

Early life and Career[edit]

She is the daughter of Manuel Grynspan Burstin and Sara Mayufis Schapiro, Jews from Poland. She is married to Saul Weisleder, deputy (legislator) for the National Liberation Party (Costa Rica), and they have two children. Grynspan obtained a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Costa Rica and a Master of Arts in Economics from Sussex University.

She was a professor and researcher at the Economic Science Research Institute at the University of Costa Rica.

Political life[edit]

Before joining the UN, she held various official functions in her country such as Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998 and concurrently as Housing Minister from 1996 to 1998, Coordinating Minister of Economy from 1995 to 1996 , Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs from 1994 to 1998 and Vice-Minister of Finance from 1986 to 1988.

She served as Director of the Subregional Headquarters in Mexico of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)from 2001 to 2006, where she also served as Co-Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Executive Board.[3] She was also a member of the UN Millennium Project’s Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development and of the UN High-Level Panel on Financing for Development.

United Nations Development Programme[edit]

She was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General and the United Nations Development Programme Associate Administrator on Feb 1 2010. At the UN and prior to her current appointment, Ms. Grynspan served as Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme from 2006 to 2010.[4]

SEGIB[edit]

Rebeca Grynspan was unanimously elected Secretary General of the Ibero-American Secretary General (Secretaria General Iberoamericana), SEGIB, in a special meeting of the Ministers of External Relations on February 24, 2014 in Mexico City, in which representatives of all 22 member countries were present. She succeeded in the office Enrique V. Iglesias who had held the position since the establishment of SEGIB in 2005.[5][6]

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