About UNDP Resident Representative


As in most countries, the UN Resident Coordinator also serves as the UNDP Resident Representative in Iran.

Mr. Lewis, a national of Barbados, has served with the United Nations for 26 years in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.  He was born in Bridgetown in 1962.  Mr. Lewis’ postings with the UN have been as follows:

2013 – date     UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Islamic Republic of Iran.  (Duty station: Tehran)

2008-2013       Regional Representative, UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific (Duty station: Bangkok, Thailand – covering 34 countries and territories).

2004-2008       Regional Representative, UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (Duty station: New Delhi, India – covering 6 countries).

1999-2004       Programme Manager (Drugs), Regional Office for Southern Africa (Duty station: Pretoria, South Africa – covering 13 countries).

1998-1999       Deputy Representative, UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan.  (Duty station: Islamabad, Pakistan – Concurrent designation as Acting Representative of the Regional Office from December 1997 – May 1998.)

1995-1998       Assistant Representative, UNODC Regional Office for South West Asia (Duty station: Islamabad, Pakistan – covering Pakistan and Iran). 

1993-1995       Programme Officer, Office of Deputy Executive Director and Director of Operations, UNODC Headquarters (Duty station: Vienna, Austria).

1987-1993       National Programme Officer, UNDP Regional Office for the Eastern Caribbean (Duty station: Bridgetown, Barbados – covering 10 countries and territories.) 

Mr. Lewis holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.  His undergraduate years were spent at Queen's University in Canada and Glasgow University in the UK.  He is a University of the West Indies Exhibition holder.  Mr. Lewis is a published author on Barbadian history and has also written journal articles on matters related to Caribbean security and drug control.  He is a soccer player.  His interests include bass guitar and percussion, paleoanthropology, 4x4 off-road driving and scuba diving.

He is accompanied in Iran by his wife, Elizabeth Lewis.  Together, they have three university-age daughters.