Monika Froehler is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens since January 2018. The Centre is co-chaired by the former UN Secretary-General (UNSG), Ban Ki-moon and former President of the Republic of Austria, Heinz Fischer and is mandated to empower youth and women as global citizens. The Ban Ki-moon Centre works for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Since 2005, Ms. Froehler has built a career in the multilateral sphere and she advised the former UN Secretary-General, Ministers, UN USGs, Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the United Nations, in Geneva, Vienna and New York.
Before her time as CEO of the BKMC, Ms. Froehler worked for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), a United Nations and World Bank Initiative. As part of the team of the former UN Undersecretary-General and Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Kandeh Yumkella, she was assisting in building up the UN SEforALL Secretariat in Vienna.
During her years in the service of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Ms. Froehler was press spokesperson and adviser to two Austrian State Secretaries of Foreign Affairs.
Before that, she served at the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Austrian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva in the field of disarmament and environment, covering issues ranging from nuclear to biological and conventional weapons, including the Conference on Disarmament, CERN and various environmental fora.
Ms. Froehler was also part of the Troika teams for two different EU Presidencies representing and coordinating the members of the European Union at the United Nations in Geneva and the General Assembly in New York. Furthermore, she served as EU Joint Action Coordinator and member of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention Secretariat.
Ms. Froehler was born in Vienna and is an alumna of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy and the Mediterranean Diplomatic Academy.