Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2017, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.
Mr. Steiner is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development.
Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the United Nations system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Achim Steiner previously held other notable positions including Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.
Achim Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Associate Administrator / Regional Bureau for Africa, ad interim
Tegegnework GettuAssociate Administrator / Regional Bureau for Africa, ad interim
Mr. Tegegnework Gettu was appointed by the Secretary-General as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 1 December 2015.
Mr. Gettu previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management from 10 June 2013 to 30 November 2015.
Mr. Gettu has had a long and distinguished career at UNDP, previously serving as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa from 2009 to May 2013, where he provided overall leadership in development work and shaped UNDP’s engagement and corporate strategic direction in the region. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff to UNDP’s Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Executive Office from 2006 to 2009, a position in which he performed strategic functions at the core of UNDP’s global operations.
Mr. Gettu also served as UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria from 2003 to 2006, as Acting Resident Representative in Sierra Leone and Liberia from 1997 to 1999, and also as Country Director for Southern and Eastern African countries and Indian Ocean countries in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa. He was also the Programme Manager and Deputy Director for the Structural Adjustment Advisory Team for Africa stationed in Zimbabwe while working as Senior Economist covering eastern and southern Africa from 1989 to 1997.
Prior to joining the United Nations system, Mr. Gettu was a fellow at Columbia University, Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the University of Rochester, at Hunter College (both in New York), and lecturer at Addis Ababa University (in Ethiopia). He has also worked in the Ethiopian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and the private sector.
Mr. Gettu holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Politics and Economics, and International Relations from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Administration from Addis Ababa University. He also has a certificate in African Studies from Columbia University.
Mr. Gettu is married and has two children.
Abdoulaye Mar Dieye
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Abdoulaye Mar DieyeBureau for Policy and Programme Support
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M. Dieye, from Senegal, is a development expert and a macroeconomist; with an academic background in mathematics, statistics, econometrics, economic policy and planning; he has exercised increasing leadership responsibilities in managing complex development portfolios.
He has been appointed since March 2018, the United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG); Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in New York.
He was, prior to his new appointment, the United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG); Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) of UNDP, in New York (2013-2018).
M. Dieye was previously Chief of Staff of the UNDP Administrator; and Director of UNDP’s Executive Office, in New York (2009-2013).
From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), in New York, overseeing UNDP policy and programme portfolios in Northern Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf Countries.
Before his assignment as UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator, in November 2006, M. Dieye served in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (2003-2006), as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (DSRSG), United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI); UN Resident Coordinator (RC), UN Designated Official for Security (DO); Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and UNDP Resident Representative (RR).
Prior to that, he held several senior positions with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) (1995-2003), as respectively: Senior Economist; Chief of Staff; Chief Economist and Chief of Policy; and Country Director of Programmes and Operations for West Africa, in New York.
From 1988-1995, he worked with the UN Department for Technical Cooperation and Development (UN/DTCD) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Development (UN/DESD) as respectively Technical Adviser and Interregional Advisor on Development Policies and Planning. From 1984-1988, he served, with UN/DTCD, as Macroeconomist and Chief Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Development in Burkina Faso, (1986-1988) and to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Haiti, (1984-1986).
Prior to joining the UN System, he worked with the Government of Senegal, in senior positions, as Chief of the General Planning Division (1976-1982) and Inspector General (1982-1984) in the Ministry of Planning and Cooperation. He led the design of national development plans and international negotiations for development financing. M. Dieye was also a lecturer in Econometrics, Statistics and Theory of Probabilities at the University of Dakar, Senegal; and a lecturer in Techniques of Development Planning, and Operational Research at the National School of Applied Economics (ENEA) in Senegal.
M. Dieye is Ingenieur Statisticien Economiste (ISE), graduated from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE-CESD) of the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), Paris, France; He studied Advanced and Specialized Mathematics, (Mathématiques Supérieures et Spéciales) at Lycée National du Parc, Lyon, France; and holds a Masters in Development Studies–Economic Policy and Planning (MDS-EPP) from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Den Haag, The Netherlands.
Bureau for Management Services
Susan McDadeBureau for Management Services
Susan McDade is the Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Management Services at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ms. McDade previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director for UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this, she served as Director of Country Actions with the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative from July 2013, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, UNFPA Representative and UN Designated Officials in Uruguay (2010-2013) and in Cuba (2006-2010). She was the Manager of the Sustainable Energy Programme for UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (2000-2006) in New York, positioning the organization as a global leader on energy and sustainable development issues.
Ms. McDade started her career with UNDP in 1991 as a Junior Professional Officer with the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in Guatemala. She was Assistant Resident Representative in China (1992-1996) and subsequently became a Technical Specialist on energy, for the Bureau for Programme and Policy Support in New York (1996-1999). Before joining UNDP, she worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Research and Teaching Assistant with the Institute of Social Studies in Netherlands.
Ms. McDade, a Canadian national, holds an MA from the ISS in Development Studies specializing in Economic Policy and Planning and a BA in Economics and International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada. In 1999 Ms. McDade was a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was a guest lecturer on the topics of energy and development at Columbia, Rice and Princeton Universities.
Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, ad interim
Lenni MontielRegional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, ad interim
Lenni Montiel served as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2015-2017). Previously, Lenni was Director of Economic, Social and Development Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2012-2014); United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan (2009-2011); Democratic Governance Group Director a.i. and Senior Policy Adviser on Local Governance and Decentralization in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (2006-2009). Prior to this, he worked as a Senior Technical Advisor with UNDP in Vietnam and in Ukraine (2000-2006).
Before joining UNDP, Lenni was a Senior Public Management Specialist in the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1999-2000). He also served as Counselor to the Executive Director for Venezuela and Panama at the Executive Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. (1992-1993).
Lenni began his career in his native Venezuela. He was General Manager of the Social Investment Fund of Venezuela (1991-1992). He also served as Coordinator of the Social Investment Programme, Office of the President of Venezuela's Commissioner on Employment Generation and Social Investment Programme (1990); Director of Social Policy, National Planning Office of the President of Venezuela (1989); Director of Planning, Ministry of Family Affairs (1987-1989) and Training Programmes Coordinator, Venezuelan Planning Institute, under the National Planning Office (1985-1987).
Lenni holds a Master of Sciences in Economics from the Belorussian Institute of National Economic Planning (former USSR), a Master of Arts on Legislative Affairs from the University of Hull (UK) and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham (UK). He speaks Spanish, English and Russian.
Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy
Robert PiperOfficer in Charge of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy
Robert Piper assumed the interim leadership of UNDP’s Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy in February 2018, with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Piper served as Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator on UN Reform. He brings over 27 years of humanitarian and development experience with the United Nations, leading efforts in peacebuilding, conflict prevention and disaster risk reduction in a number of complex situations.
Mr. Piper previously served as the Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and RC/HC for the occupied Palestinian Territory (2015 – 2017); United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel region (2013 – 2015); and United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Nepal (2008 – 2013). He played a similar role leading the United Nations system in Kosovo from 2002 to 2004.
Mr. Piper has held a number of other key posts with the UN at Headquarters and in the field, including as inaugural Director for the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, as Deputy Director of UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and as Chief of Staff to President Clinton in his capacity as the UN's Special Envoy to coordinate the international recovery effort after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Mr. Piper began his UN career with the UN Population Fund in Thailand.
Mr. Piper has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honours in political science, from the Australian National University. He was a Yale University World Fellow in 2004.
Born in 1966, he is married and has four children.
Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Cihan SultanoğluRegional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Ms. Ayse Cihan Sultanoğlu (Turkey) is the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was appointed to this position by the UN Secretary-General in April 2012.
Ms. Sultanoğlu has had many years of distinguished service at UN/UNDP, including leadership positions at the country and headquarters level. Cihan previously served as the Director of Human Resources in UNDP’s Bureau of Management. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, RBEC (2007-2010); UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus (2004-2007); UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Lithuania (2000-2005); Deputy Resident Representative in Morocco (1995-2000); Deputy to the Director of the Office of the Administrator (1993-1995); Recruitment Officer and later Staffing Specialist for Junior Professional Officers (JPO), Division of Personnel (1988-1993); Recruitment Officer, Division of Personnel, (1986-1988); Administrative Officer, UNDP Malawi (1982-1985). She started her career as an administrative trainee in New York and Bangkok, Thailand (1981-1982).
Ms. Sultanoğlu holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the School of International Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University as well as a BA in Economics from Barnard College at Columbia University, New York. She speaks Turkish, English and French. She was awarded with the “Order of the Commander of the Cross” by the President of Lithuania in 2005.
Regional Bureau for Arab States
Mourad WahbaRegional Bureau for Arab States
Mr. Mourad Wahba (Egypt) is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States. He was appointed to this position by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in November of 2016 and assumed duties on 1 February 2017.
Mr. Wahba has had many years of distinguished service at the United Nations and UNDP. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Haiti. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Regional Bureau of Arab States, UNDP, in New York (2013-2015); Director, Security Office, UNDP Bureau of Management, New York (2009-2013); UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (2006-2009) in Morocco; Director, United Nations Affairs, UNDP New York (2001-2006); and Deputy Resident Representative in Guyana (1999-2001).
Mr. Wahba began his career with the United Nations in 1993, as a Senior Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General. Before joining the UN, Mourad was an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo, and a Visiting Lecturer on International Political Economy at the Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt (1987-1993).
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Haoliang XuRegional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Haoliang Xu was appointed Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific by the United Nations Secretary-General in September 2013.
Previously, Mr. Xu was Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York since 2010.
Prior to this, he served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan (2007-2010); Country Director in Pakistan (2005-2007); Deputy Resident Representative for Programme, Pakistan (2004-2005); Country Manager and Senior Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Timor-Leste (2002-2004); Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Iran (2000-2002); Programme Manager, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, New York (1997-1999); Programme Officer/Junior Professional Officer, UNDP Kazakhstan (1997-1999). Mr. Xu was a consultant for the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) working as Associate Project Management Officer in the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, New York (1994-1995); and as a Research Assistant with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in New York (1994).
Before joining the UN, Mr. Xu was a computer-aided design engineer with Louis Berger International Inc. in New Jersey and an assistant lecturer at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Xu, a Chinese national, holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, and a Masters’ of Science in Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology (USA). He also holds a Masters’ of International Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Columbia University (USA).