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Secretary-General Appoints Hannah Ryder Special Adviser for Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers

The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC), H.E. Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam, announced today his decision to appoint Ms Hannah Wanjie Ryder, of Kenya, as his Special Adviser for the Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers.

The Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers (CLUB) is an innovative, multilateral financial instrument through General Assembly resolutions GA/RES/10 and GA/RES/11, designed to address the external public debt burdens of Member States and secure fresh financing for education and development on more sustainable and favourable terms.

Ms Ryder is a former diplomat and economist with a career spanning over 20 years. Named one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2021, she is a Senior Associate for the Africa Program of the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), serves on the Board of the Environmental Deference Fund, and is a member of the International Advisory Council for the New Economy. Prior to becoming the CEO of Development Reimagined in 2017, Ms Ryder led the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) work with China to help it scale up and improve its cooperation other developing countries. She has also co-authored the seminal Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change in 2006.

On accepting her appointment at the OEC, Ms Ryder expressed her gratitude to the Secretary-General for his trust, and further elaborated upon her motivation to join the Organisation:

“I am honoured to be joining the OEC, as the first truly Global South-driven intergovernmental organisation and one whose innovative vision and mandate are not only to drive educational transformation, but also multilateral financial reform. I firmly believe that a “borrowers’ club” is a much needed new, innovative tool in our multilateral system, and I am excited that this is set to become a reality with the OEC. As Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers (CLUB), I look forward to work with OEC colleagues and Member States to accelerate this process.”

In her new capacity at the OEC, Ms Ryder will advise the Secretary-General on matters related to the CLUB and work with the Department of Financing for Development (FINDEV) as well as other Departments within the Secretariat to ensure that the CLUB is made operational and that its objectives are met in a timely and effective manner.