Hello fellow aspirants, here is a list of important International Organisations along with their heads and positions. These show up in every banking exam and other papers now and then. Aspirants of various competitive exams especially banking and state PSC, UPSC, SSC,etc. would benefit with these.

Name of International Organisation


Designation Holder

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka
African Union Commission Chairperson Ms.Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty
ASEAN Secretary-General Lee Luong Minh
Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (1 Nov 2014)
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (Next President is Donald Tusk)
Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva
FIFA President Sapp Blatter
Gulf Co-operation Council Secretary-General Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al-Zayani
International Amateur Federation (IAAF) President Lamine Diack
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano
International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Peter Tomka
International Cricket Council (ICC) President Mustafa Kamal
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman N. Srinivasan
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria
Organisation of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza Salinas
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary-General Abdalla Salem El-Badri
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary-General Arjun Bahadur Thapa
South-West African Peoples Organisation (SWAPO) President Hifikepunye Pohamba
UN High Commission for Human Rights High Commissioner Ms. Navanethem Pillay
UN Human Rights Council President Remigiusz Henczel
United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Directoral General Irina Bokova
UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandesh Yumkella
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
United Nations Conference on Table and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi
UN General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa
United Nations Development Programme Administral Ms.Helen Clark
United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Antony Lake
United Nations Organisation Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
World Bank Vice President Anil Sood
World Food Programmes Head Ertharin Cousin
World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo

Majority of the banking aspirants face a problem with questions regarding the International Organisation Heads. Such questions are considered tricky, because for answering them much revision and knowledge is required regarding the prominent international institutions and their heads.

We must point out here that, according to many gurus the candidates should not attempt such tricky questions. This is because, recalling the exact information which is required to answer the question is not highly rewarding. Even with this rider, it becomes important to master every possible type of information for excelling in todays’ competitive world. Therefore, the above list would be useful to such aspirants.

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