Helen Elizabeth Clark

Helen Elizabeth Clark



  • Global Development and Governance
  • Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Women World Leaders

What she offers

Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.

How she presents

Helen Clark is a powerful speaker whose presentations are very much in demand at prestigious events and delivered in her captivating, assertive and impressive style.

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.

Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999-2008. Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens. As Prime Minister, Helen Clark was a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, Helen Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008. Earlier in her career, she chaired Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Between 1987 and 1990, she was a Minister responsible for first, the portfolios of Conservation and Housing, and then Health and Labour. She was Deputy Prime Minister between August 1989 and November 1990. From that date until December 1993 she served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and then as Leader of the Opposition until winning the election in November 1999.


  • In the New Year Honours 2010 Clark was appointed to the Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand
  • In 2009, she was awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degree by University of Auckland
  • In 2009 Clark was voted Greatest Living New Zealander in an opt-in website poll run by the New Zealand Herald
  • Clark is an Honorary Member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation
  • In 2008, Clark won the United Nations Environment Programme Champions of the Earth Award
  • The government of the Solomon Islands awarded Clark (together with John Howard) the Star of the Solomon Islands in 2005

Presentation Languages: English

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