Rebeca Grynspan was appointed the Ibero-American Secretary General on 24 February 2014 in Mexico City, beginning her mandate on 1 April 2014.

In 2010 she was appointed Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was the Director of the UNDP's Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean between 2006 and 2010.

A renowned advocate of human development, she has greatly aided towards focusing the attention of the world and Latin America on important issues such as reduction of inequality and poverty, gender equality, South-South cooperation as an instrument for development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

She was also a UN Delegate on the Haiti Recovery Commission.

Before joining the United Nations, she was Vice-President of Costa Rica (1994-1998). She was also Housing Minister, Coordinating Minister of Economic and Social Affairs and Vice-Minister of Finance.

She is also a member of the Global Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development at the World Economic Forum, among other bodies.

In June 2014 she was elected Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development.

In 2014 and 2015 she was recognised as one of Latin America’s 50 leading intellectuals.