Jamshed M. Kazi

Director a.i., Oslo Governance Centre

Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu
Governance, Policy, Rule of law, Youth

Jamshed Kazi is currently the Director a.i. of UNDP's Oslo Governance Centre in Norway.  

He was previously Practice Manager of UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Kazi’s professional experience has spanned across East Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Europe in the fields of programme development and management, democratic governance, human rights, and environmental policy with several UN agencies, international treaty bodies and NGOs.

Mr. Kazi joined UNDP Headquarters in October 2010, after having served with the United Nations Volunteers Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, as the senior programme specialist/deputy chief of the Asia Pacific, Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States sections. His field experience includes assignments as Assistant Resident Representative and Chief of the Governance Unit with UNDP country offices in Ethiopia (2003 to 2005) and Laos (2005 to 2007).

Prior to joining UNDP in 2003, Mr. Kazi assumed progressively responsible positions with the UN Environment Programme, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Thailand, the World Conservation Union in Pakistan, and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Switzerland.

A national of Bangladesh, Mr. Kazi holds three Master’s Degrees in Public Administration, Development Studies and Environmental Assessment and Evaluation, respectively, from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and International Development from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.