Stephen Cutts

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Based in New York, Stephen is a consultant at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Before that, Stephen was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reach to Teach, an international education charity funded by the Larry Ellison Foundation. Reach to Teach partners with government and like-minded organisations to improve the quality of primary education.


Stephen has wide-ranging senior level experience in international organisations, delivering results and driving major reforms to improve effectiveness and efficiency. He served from 2013 to 2017 as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Central Support Services in New York, in charge of the Secretariat’s multi-billion dollar global procurement account and overseeing property management and major construction and renovation projects worldwide. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Secretary-General for Corporate Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London (2010-2013), where he drove a major programme of reforms to transform and modernise the strategic direction and administration of the organisation, and led a number of major initiatives (including the development and successful negotiation of the Commonwealth Charter).


Stephen started his intergovernmental career at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1995-2007), where he held a number of progressively senior positions after starting as an export credits negotiator, eventually becoming Deputy Executive Director and Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General.


Stephen serves in an advisory capacity on a number of trustee boards, and holds and Executive MBA from INSEAD as well as a First Class Honours Degree (American Studies and English Literature) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Keele.