Michael O’Neill

Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy



Michael O’Neill (United Kingdom) joined UNDP in February 2014, as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. O’Neill was serving as Senior Foreign Office Representative, Gulf Strategy Group, UK Cabinet Office. 

Mr. O'Neill served as British Ambassador to Qatar (2012-2013); Head of Mission, Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team, Afghanistan (2010-2012); UK Special Representative for Sudan, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London (2007-2010);  External Relations Counsellor, UK Representation to the European Union, Brussels (2006-2007);  Development/Human Rights Counsellor, UK Mission to United Nations, New York (2002-2006); First Secretary Pol-Mil, British Embassy & Institute for National Security Studies, Washington, D.C. (1998-2002); First Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London (1994-1998); Second Secretary (Defence), UK Delegation to NATO, Brussels (1991-1994) and Administrative Trainee, Ministry of Defence, London (1988-1991). 

He holds a MSc in West European Politics from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom and a MA in Classics & Modern History from Brasenose College, Oxford University, United Kingdom.