Arun Kashyap

United Nations Resident Coordinator & Resident Representative

UNDP Jamaica

English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu
Energy, Small island development states, Sustainable development

Arun Kashyap was appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Turks & Caicos in October 2011.  He works with around 15 UN agencies and other Development Partners to assist the Government of Jamaica in achieving its National Development Plan.

Mr. Kashyap served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Regional Director of UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok, providing strategic planning advice to improve the effectiveness of UNDP Country Offices in the region. As interim head of UNDP Maldives, he supported the country’s transition to democracy, with a focus on strengthening disaster risk reduction and building climate resilience.

From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Kashyap was the Associate Director of the Global Environment Division at the Rockefeller Foundation. Previously, he oversaw capacity development activities in environment, agriculture, forestry and human health in the Asia and the Pacific region for the Regional Office of Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaus in Malaysia.

Mr. Kashyap is an Indian national. He holds a PhD in economics and business administration from the East West Center and University of Hawaii, a Masters’ degrees in business administration, economics and physics, and a post-graduate diploma in forestry.



Expert's related links

Launch of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in Jamaica. Ministry of Science, Jamaica. 31 July 2012


Realizing the development potential of diasporas. United Nations University Press. April 2011, Editor.