Global Conference 2010
Special Advisor, U.N .World Food Programme
Michael Klein is a Special Advisor to the United Nations' World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian aid organization, focused on humanitarian aid financing initiatives. In addition, he works on various academic, not-for-profit and government policy initiatives. Klein has served as an advisor to the government of the United Kingdom in responding to the financial market crisis. Until mid-2008, he served as chairman of Citi Institutional Clients Group, where he was responsible for leading relationships with many of the largest companies, investment funds and governments globally. Previously, he was CEO of Citi Global Banking, which was responsible for the relationship, advisory and financing execution for clients in 106 countries. Klein held a variety of positions within Citi and its predecessor advisory and investment banking organizations since 1985. He has served on various not-for-profit or academic boards, including the Global Capital Flow Council of the World Economic Forum, the Chairman's Committee of the London Investment Bankers Association, the Investment Advisory Board for the Prime Minister of Turkey, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, The Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue, Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Dean's Council of the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton, and the Harvard Belfer Centre. Klein received a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.