Bruce Jenks

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Bruce Frederick Edward Jenks OBE served as director of the Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 1995 to 2009/2010.[1]

Jenks holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University and Master of Arts degrees from Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.[2]

In 1981, Jenks joined UNDP and was assigned to a variety tasks. He was appointed director of budget in 1990 and as director of Office of the Administrator in 1993. He was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as the first director of the United Nations Office and UNDP Representative in Brussels in 1995.[1]

Jenks was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the UNDP.[3]

Dr. Bruce Jenks has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs since 2010. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Geneva’s International Organization MBA program. He is a fellow at the Center for International Cooperation (CIC) at NYU and has been a senior non-resident fellow at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2010-13).

In 2013 Dr. Jenks was appointed by the Secretary-General to be a member of the Council of the University for Peace. The Council elected him as Vice-President. [4]

In 1984, he married Nancy Piper Jenks, a renowned specialist in international travel medicine and board member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Speaking over 5 languages, she lecturers around the world on topics that include narrative medicine.[5]

Jenks is the father of filmmaker Andrew Jenks.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Speakers for Summit '08". Business for Millennium Development. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Jenks: Assistant Secretary General of the UNDP". Growing Inclusive Markets Forum. Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  3. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 24. 
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