Alumni Profile

Minh-Thu Pham
Minh-Thu Pham
Executive Director for Policy, United Nations Foundation
MPA, Class of 2003

With over 15 years of experience in foreign policy and international affairs, Minh-Thu develops and implements strategic initiatives to strengthen the United Nations' ability to solve global problems, particularly in development, peace and security.

Minh-Thu is currently Executive Director of Policy at the UN Foundation, a non-profit that connects people, ideas, and resources to the UN, where she leads strategic initiatives to support the UN's priorities and works with diplomats to find consensus on difficult issues. She has also taught international policymaking at Princeton University. She has served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General for both Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon as policy adviser for strategic planning, leading and managing policy initiatives to strengthen the UN and improve relations between the U.S. and the UN during a particularly difficult phase of that relationship. Minh-Thu has advised the UN envoy for malaria and the top international official in Bosnia on implementing the Dayton peace agreement that ended that country's war. She has worked all over the globe and was once a crew photographer for the award winning BBC series ‘Planet Earth’ and helped film a documentary for National Geographic TV.

Minh-Thu is a security fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a progressive national security leadership institute; a 92Y Women InPower Fellow; and she was selected a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2007. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she also received her MPA in International Relations and Policy. She has a BA in History from Duke University where she was a Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar. Minh-Thu was born in Vietnam and currently lives in New York City.