Mr. Benjamin Zhu is the Special Assistant to the President as of 1 January 2019 providing executive support to the President in executive management, planning, reporting, external relations and programme coordination. Mr. Zhu joined WMU as Procurement and Contracts Officer and established the procurement function overseeing all procurement and contracts related matters. Before joining WMU, Mr. Zhu served more than eight years at the United Nations University (UNU) where he worked as the Associate Executive Officer and Manager, Office of the Director. He provided strategic and operations management support to the Director in the establishment of the UNU Institute in Dresden, Germany and oversaw its operations management in the realm of administration (Finance, Procurement and Human Resources), public relations, legal and programme support. He also worked as Manager, Procurement and Operations at the UNU in Bonn, Germany managing shared procurement and operations services to seven UNU institutes and programmes (UN-Water Programme and International Human Dimension Programme) in Europe. Prior to his career at the UN, Mr. Zhu worked for various media institutions in both Europe and China. Mr. Zhu holds Master’s Degrees in Law (led by UCL and Queen Mary) and Business Administration (Royal Holloway) from the University of London, UK. He also holds a Diploma in Public Procurement awarded by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) from the UK.