Current Executive Director

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif is the Executive Director UN-Habitat. She was appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. On 22 January 2018, Ms. Sharif, former mayor of Penang City from Malaysia, assumed her post at UN-Habitat’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director UN-Habitat

Past Executive Directors

Dr. Joan Clos was Executive Director from October 2010 to December 2017. He was elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006.

Dr. Anna Tibaijuka was the Executive Director of UN-Habitat from 2000 to 2010. She was the second highest ranking African woman in the UN system until her departure.

Dr. Klaus Toepfer was the Acting Executive Director from 1998 to 2000. He also served as the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1998 to 2006.

Mr. Darshan Johal was the Acting Executive Director from 1997 to 1998.

Dr. Wally N'Dow was Executive Director from 1994 to 1997. He served as the Secretary-General during the Habitat II assembly in 1996.

Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell was Acting Executive Director from 1993 to 1994. From 1992 to 1998, she led the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Dr. Arcot Ramachandran was the Executive Director from 1978 to 1992. He was also the Administrator of the United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation.