Chair of the Board
Maureen O’Neil was appointed Chair of the UNRISD Board by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in October 2011. She is President of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (since September 2008). Her previous positions include President of the International Development Research Centre, Interim President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, President of the North-South Institute, and Deputy Minister of Citizenship for the Government of Ontario.
Ms. O’Neil is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development, a member of the board of e-Health Ontario, Chair of the Board of World University Service of Canada, a member of the Board of International Institute for Sustainable Development, Chair of the International Advisory Group, Think Tank Initiative (IDRC Hewlett Gates and DFID Foundation) a member of the Leadership Council, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, a member of the International Board of Governors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a member of the Operating Board of Directors for CIGI, and chair of the Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility of Canada’s Export Development Corporation. She is also a Fellow of the School of Policy Studies of Queen’s University. She has represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on OECD committees, and has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy and the UNRISD Board (1989-1994).
In June 2011, Ms. O’Neil was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for public service, recognizing her contributions to international development, gender equality and human rights.
Ms. O’Neil has a BA in Sociology from Carleton University and Honorary LLDs from Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.