Atefeh Riazi, a United States national born in Iran, was appointed as Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Management by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2013. Ms. Riazi started her professional career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City. During the period of 16 years, she held various progressively responsible positions and was appointed as the Chief Information Officer with responsibilities for implementing the MetroCard in New York City. Since 2009, Ms. Riazi has served as the Chief Information Officer of New York City Housing Authority with oversight responsibilities for design and deployment of smart building technologies and cost containment practices. She also served as the Acting General Manager with responsibility for all operations. Prior to joining the Housing Authority, she was the global Chief Information Officer and Senior Partner of Ogilvy and Mather overseeing technology, applications, networks and data centers.