Nordic Development Fund appoints new head

Pasi Hellman, new managing director of the Nordic Development Fund. Photo by: NDF

Pasi Hellman is set to begin his term as the new managing director of the Nordic Development Fund on Nov. 1.

Appointed by the NDF board on Sept. 29, Hellman will succeed Helge Semb, who has been managing director of NDF since November 2006.

Hellman brings to NDF a broad background in development. He is currently deputy director general of the Department for Development Policy at Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also part of the board of the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research.

Hellman’s career also includes positions within several multilateral organizations. He served on the board of directors of the Asian Development Bank in Manila from 2004 to 2007 and represented Finland in recent negotiations for the replenishment of the African Development Fund, the Asian Development Fund and the International Development Association.

He is likewise not new to NDF, having served as member of the organization’s board of directors between 2002 and 2004.

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