Wilkes University

Current Speaker - United Nations Lecture Series

Photo of Donald Lee.Dr. Donald Lee

  • Former Chief, Social Perspectives on Development Branch, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • President, International Committee for October 17 (UN Day for the eradication of poverty)

 The event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Lee began his career at the United Nations with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. He helped establish the Youth Employment Network in 2001 and was – until his retirement – a member of its Steering Committee.

In 2008, he was appointed to the International Committee for October 17th which promotes and supports the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Mr. Lee is an advocate for human rights, poverty eradication, social justice and environmental protection through his research, publications and blog. He has a PhD in Economics from University College London.


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