Kieran Prendergast

Sir Kieran Prendergast is a British Diplomat and a former Under-Secretary- General for Political Affairs at the United Nations. After graduating from St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Sir Prendergast worked for the British Embassy in Turkey. He was then posted to the NATO department at the British Foreign Office where he worked in Nicosia, Cyprus and The Hague. He later worked for the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, and was then appointed as the Consul General in Tel-Aviv, High Commissioner to Zimbabwe and Kenya and the British Ambassador to Turkey. In 1997, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Sir Prendergast as the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the United Nation. During his time in this position, he helped to bring attention to the human rights violations and “ethnic cleansing” which resulted from the war in Darfur and was deeply involved in the Cyprus reunification negotiations. Since his resignation from the United Nations, Prendergast has conducted research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a member of the Advisory Council of Independent Diplomat. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva.