Jo Scheuer was appointed Chief of Profession, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in October 2014. He was previously UNDP's Global Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery based in UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Mr. Scheuer has an extensive career in development programming and experience on disaster risk reduction and how it relates to development and poverty reduction.
From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Scheuer served as Country Director in UNDP Cambodia, with responsibilities covering both programme and operations, including the development of a multi-donor trust fund on climate change adaptation. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Scheuer was Deputy Country Director in UNDP India from 2004 to 2007, where he coordinated the joint UN response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami. He also held the position of Chief of UNDP's sub-regional policy team for South and West Asia based in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 2001 to 2004. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scheuer held various positions with UNDP in New York, Niger, Papua New Guinea, and in the private sector in Luxembourg.
Mr. Scheuer holds a Master’s degree in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier, Germany, with a specialization on climate change in high mountain areas from the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zürich, Switzerland.