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    Biographical Note

    28 February 2002

    Secretary-General Appoints Brigita Schmögnerová As New Executive Secretary of Economic Commission for Europe

    NEW YORK, 27 February (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General announced today the appointment of Brigita Schmögnerová as the new Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe, at the Under-Secretary-General level.

    Ms. Schmögnerová was born on 17 November 1947 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. She completed her University studies, earning her PhD degree from the School of Economics in Bratislava. She pursued professional training at the University of Athens and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Schmögnerová worked as a researcher in the Institute of Economics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, and as a lecturer at the University of Economics, Bratislava.

    Ms. Schmögnerová served as economic adviser to the President of the Slovak Republic (1993), Deputy Prime Minister (1994), and Finance Minister (1998-2002). From 1995-1998 she served as a Member of Parliament.

    Ms. Schmögnerová was awarded the World Finance Minister of the Year Award (2000) by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, which cited her courage in implementing important reforms in the banking sector, macroeconomic stabilization programmes, tax administration and fiscal management.

    In her capacity as a Governor or alternate Governor, Ms. Schmögnerová worked closely with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She also contributed to the Slovak membership in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2000) and acceleration of the Slovak pre-accession process to the European Union.

    Ms. Schmögnerová has published numerous articles in the fields of econometrics, privatization and transition. She has also written books of poetry and essays.

    Ms. Schmögnerová is married, with one son.

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