Policy Specialist, Global Conventions and Processes, Climate Change, Energy and Disaster Risk Reduction Team
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP New York
Bahareh Seyedi is a Policy Specialist in the Climate Change, Energy and Disaster Risk Reduction of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. In this capacity, she provides guidance, and technical and strategic support to UNDP’s policies and operational orientation at the national, regional and global levels. She also serves as one of the main focal points in the global energy policy team that coordinates UNDP’s work on the United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and supports the integration of energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Over the last 10 years, Ms. Seyedi has worked on the development and implementation of several decentralized, off-grid, and community-based energy policy and programmes with a focus on marginalized populations in rural, semi-rural, and urban areas. Prior to joining UNDP Headquarters in New York, Ms. Seyedi was based in the UNDP Country Office in Burkina Faso where she was managing a portfolio of projects on energy access, climate change mitigation and mainstreaming energy in the country's national development plan and poverty reduction strategy.
In addition to working as a research analyst in academic institutions and as project manager in the private sector and engineering firms before joining the United Nations, Ms. Seyedi led several international development projects in Central America and Southeast Asia, working closely with civil society organizations.
Ms. Seyedi is a Canadian of Iranian origin. She holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and post-graduate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policy from McGill University in Canada.