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 Organisation MBA program. He currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation. In 2013 Dr. Jenks was appointed by the Secretary-General to be a member of the Council of the University for Peace which elected him as Vice-President.
Dr. Jenks has co-authored studies on ‘UN Development at a Crossroads‘ (funded by five governments.), on ‘Rethinking the UN for a Networked World’ and on the 'Future of Multilateralism' (commissioned by the Government of Sweden). He has been co-lead for three successive annual reports on the ‘Financing of the UN Development System’.
He has been actively engaged with UN reform initiatives since 2013. In 2017 Dr. Jenks was appointed by the Deputy Secretary General to be a member of the Reference Group which assisted her in the UN Development system reform process. He contributed to the Secretary General’s report on the next phase of UN Development system reform.
Dr. Jenks served as Assistant Secretary General at UNDP, responsible for UNDP’s relationship with its Executive Board (2000-10). He strengthened UNDP’s outreach to donors and partnerships with both the private sector and civil society. He was responsible for UNDP’s resource mobilization. During this time, total income to UNDP amounted to $40 billion, increasing from $2.2 billion in 2000 to $5.5 billion in 2009. He worked closely with the last five UNDP Administrators. He served as Chief of Staff, Director of the Budget and Director of the Office of Strategic Planning. He was appointed by the Secretary General as the first Director of the UN Office in Brussels with a mandate to strengthen UN-EU relations (1995-97).
Specific responsibilities have included oversight of the Executive Secretariat to the Private Sector Commission launched by the Secretary General and co-chaired by Ernesto Zedillo and Paul Martin, exercising overall coordination of UNDP’s mandate to provide system wide leadership on the Millennium Development Goals (2002-04) and membership of the OECD/DAC Reflection Group charged with making recommendations on the future of the OECD/DAC. He served as Chair of the Secretary General’s Task Force on strengthening relations with the European Union, Chair of the UN system wide NGO Committee, and Chair of the Advisory Board on Growing Inclusive Markets.
Dr. Jenks has a PhD from Oxford University, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Cambridge University. He has been a guest speaker at universities and conferences in over 50 countries and has authored numerous articles and policy papers.