Harriet Schmidt Biography

Harriet Schmidt
Former UN Director; Office of the High Representatives (OHRLLS)

Harriet Schmidt received her eduction both in the US and Germany.  She is a graduate in Economics from Moravian College, received a Master of Arts in Political Science from New York University and pursued her interest in Political Economy further at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany .

Her professional career was entirely devoted to the United Nations and spans more than 35 years.  During this long and distinguished career she was able to work both intensively on the management side , for example at the Chief of Staff of the Under-Secretary-General for Management, who oversees the worldwide operations, as well as delving deeply into the economic and social operations of the organization by among others representing the five Economic and Social Commissions of the UN at UN Headquarters and by advocating for the concerns and needs of the three most vulnerable groups of countries, the Least Developed countries , Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States as Director of the Office of the High Representative.  Her deep knowledge of developed issues was intensified by extensive travel, both professional and privately, in the developing world.