Wilkes University

Ambassador Odo Tevi

Ambassador Odo Tevi

Photo of TeviTOPIC: Climate Change,The U.N. and Small Island States

The global perspectives of the United Nations come to Wilkes University through a collaborative program launched in 2011. The program brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students. Wilkes University is the ONLY northeast Pennsylvania higher education institution offering this opportunity.

  • When:
    • 4 p.m. | Jan. 26, 2017
  • Where:
    • Henry Student Center, Miller Room
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Since May 2014, Odo Tevi became Vanuatu’s Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations, New York. Apart from this role, Ambassador Tevi also assumed other international roles at the UN. He is currently the Chairman of UN Disarmament Commission, was the Chairman of the Special Committee on UN Charter and Strengthening of the Role of the Organization and also was Chairman of the Asia Pacific Group, Vice-President for the UN Pledging Conference for Development Activities and Chairman of the joint Vanuatu and UN Consultative Forum on ICPD and National Sustainable Development Plan. He was extensively involved in the negotiation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN’s Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR). From 2013-2014, Odo became an international consultant and did assignments for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union and the Melanesian Spearhead Group. For the latter he investigated whether the four countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) should adopt a common currency. From 2003 to 2013, Odo was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu. During this period, he was also Vanuatu’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund. His major achievement as Governor of the central bank during his 10 year stint was that Vanuatu was able to achieve monetary and financial stability and this was translated into record high economic growth. This was achieved despite the challenges imposed by the 2008 global financial crisis. Before becoming Governor, Odo was Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Division at the Vanuatu Ministry of Finance and Economic Management. Odo has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Papua New Guinea. He then obtained a Masters of Arts (Development Economics) from the University of Sussex, UK. He has a graduate diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also an Advanced Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from New York University. He did his executive training at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and also at Columbia University Business School. Odo and his wife Sharon have three young children and are residing in New York. Odo is an avid reader and loves music, soccer and basketball.

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