Stefan Schweinfest was appointed Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in 2014. Under his leadership, the Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities including the integration of geospatial, statistical and other information, and supports countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical and geospatial systems.
Stefan Schweinfest started his career when he joined the Statistics Division in 1989, working in the field of national accounting. He has also been the substantive secretary of two intergovernmental bodies – the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) since 2002, and the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM) since 2011.
As the Director of the Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest supported the work of the Statistical Commission and its Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop the global indicator framework to monitor progress towards achieving the SDGs. Under his leadership, the Division works on implementing this framework and ensuring countries receive capacity-building support to monitor progress towards achieving the SDGs.
He was the Officer-in-Charge of DESA’s Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) from 1 March 2018 until 28 February 2019.
Stefan Schweinfest studied Mathematical Economics at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Bonn in Germany. He holds a Diplome D’Etudes Approfondies (Masters equivalent) from the University of Paris in these fields. He also conducted postgraduate research at the London School of Economics (LSE).