Elisabeth Lindenmayer directs the United Nations Studies Program at SIPA, teaches courses on the UN Security Council and peacekeeping/peacebuilding in Africa. She also serves as a senior advisor to SIPA's Center for International Conflict Resolution. Lindenmayer is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Security Council Report. She also serves as a board member of the Kofi Annan Foundation and on the advisory board of the NGO STOP (Stop Trafficking of People).
Lindenmayer joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1977, and in 1992 moved to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations before its expansion into numerous volatile areas. She was on the scene at conflicts in Somalia and Rwanda. In 1997, Lindenmayer was selected to serve as executive assistant to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. There, she became one of Annan's closest advisors and led the many teams which accompanied him on political missions around the world. In 2004, Lindenmayer was promoted to assistant secretary-general and named Deputy Chef de Cabinet, which placed her at the center of preparations for the 2005 summit on UN reform. Upon leaving the United Nations, Lindenmayer was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In 2007, the American Red Cross recognized her work in humanitarian affairs.
U8507: The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century