Leading Canadian Diplomat Joins IDRC

    OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's International Development
Research Centre (IDRC) welcomes the appointment of David M. Malone as its next
President, effective July 1, 2008. Mr. Malone is currently Canadian High
Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Nepal and Bhutan.
    "I am proud to welcome Mr. Malone, who brings a wealth of diplomatic and
scholarly experience to IDRC. He will build on the outstanding legacy of
Maureen O'Neill, who has provided excellent leadership to the Centre for 10
years," said Barbara McDougall, Chair of IDRC's Board of Governors. "I had the
pleasure of working with David during my tenure as Secretary of State for
External Affairs in the early 1990s, and know him to be a brilliant thinker
and practitioner, as well as a long-time friend of IDRC."
    David Malone joined the Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served
in increasingly senior positions in Ottawa, Cairo, Amman, and New York. He is
currently Canada's High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to
Bhutan and Nepal, managing Canada's largest diplomatic mission abroad. From
1998 to 2004, he was President of the International Peace Academy in New York,
an independent non-profit research organization. He has taught at a number of
universities in Canada, France, and the United States and has published
numerous books and articles on international relations.
    "IDRC has always been for me the model of an ambitious and innovative
organization that has increased steadily in stature and accomplishment as it
matured," said Mr. Malone. "I look forward to working with IDRC staff, who are
renowned for their professionalism, creativity, and commitment to improving
the lives of people in the developing world."
    "It has been a great privilege to lead IDRC and to be part of Canada's
foreign policy community over the last decade" said outgoing President Maureen
O'Neil. "I know that Mr. Malone will be a tremendous asset to the Centre as it
strives to improve people's lives in the developing world through research."
Ms. O'Neil, who has served as IDRC's President since 1997, will stay on until
Mr. Malone joins IDRC in July.

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
37 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

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For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, (613) 816-7620, ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca

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