Franz Baumann
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Franz Baumann, a distinguished figure born in Schramberg, Germany, embarked on his academic journey at the Gymnasium in his hometown and later pursued studies in International Public Administration at the Universität Konstanz. His early professional endeavors led him to the European Parliament in Luxembourg in 1976, marking the commencement of a remarkable career.

Transitioning to the European Commission in Brussels and subsequently contributing his skills at Siemens in Munich showcased Baumann's versatility and commitment to diverse professional experiences. However, it was in 1980 that he found his true calling within the realm of international diplomacy when he commenced his tenure with the United Nations.

Over the course of three decades, Franz Baumann's commitment to global cooperation and diplomacy led him to serve in four cities spanning three continents. His multifaceted contributions within the United Nations spanned a variety of functions, reflecting his adaptability and expertise in navigating the complex landscape of international relations. This journey not only underscored his dedication to fostering collaboration but also positioned him as a seasoned United Nations official with a profound impact on global affairs.

In Lagos, Nigeria, he worked as a development officer. At New York Headquarters, he served in peacekeeping logistics. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he held the position of Chief Administrative Officer of the joint United Nations/Organization of American States Human Rights Monitoring Mission MICIVIH.

Returning to New York Headquarters, he first served as Executive Officer of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and later of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management. He also worked as a senior officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

In Vienna, he served as Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Office. Later, he assumed the role of Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Additionally, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

In 2009, he was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. His last assignment was as Special Adviser on Environment and Peace Operations with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General.

Baumann obtained a doctorate in Political Science (African Studies) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. From 2017 to 2021, he was a Visiting Research Professor at New York University. He taught at the Hertie School in Berlin, the Universität Konstanz and New York University.

He is the President-elect of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), an Executive Editor of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, a member of the Scientists for Future (S4F) Professional Board, the Board of Advisers of the Centre for United Nations Studies at the University of Buckingham and of the Nigerian Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET).

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