Michèle Griffin is a Director, Policy Adviser and occasional speechwriter in the Secretary-General’s office at the United Nations. She advises the Secretary-General on crisis prevention and peacebuilding. She has worked for three Secretaries-General in a variety of capacities. Previous assignments include secretary of the cabinet-level Policy Committee.
She was also chief of the Policy and Mediation Division in the UN Department of Political Affairs, where she was instrumental in the establishment of the Mediation Support Unit and Standby Team of Mediation Experts, and several years in the United Nations Development Programme. She has served at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and has been an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, a visiting scholar at Stanford University and has published and lectured widely on UN matters over the years. She is a graduate and Foundation Scholar of Trinity College Dublin and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.