Jan Vandemoortele is the co-architect of the Millennium Development Goals. He was the Director of the Poverty Group at UNDP in 2001-2005. He has published widely on the MDGs. Vandemoortele served in various other capacities with the United Nations for over 30 years, both at headquarters and in the field – with UNICEF, UNDP, the ILO and on loan to the World Bank. His last position was as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Pakistan. He is a Belgian citizen and holds a PhD. in Development Economics. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and universities. He is member of various advisory groups, including to the UN Secretary-General.