Patrick Keuleers is the Director and Chief of Profession of UNDP’s Governance and Peacebuilding Team in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. He brings over 30 years of experience in the field of governance, with assignments in headquarters, in Central and West Africa and in the Asia and the Pacific region, including support to crisis affected environments (Aceh, Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste,). He worked consecutively for DTCD (currently UNDESA); the UN Office for Project Services, the International Labour Organization and UNDP.
Mr. Keuleers was the Senior Advisor and Team Leader of the Responsive Institutions Cluster in the Democratic Governance Group in the Bureau for Development Policy (2009-2013). Prior to that, he served as Democratic Governance Team Leader in the Asia Pacific Regional Centre (2005-2009), Regional Governance Advisor in the Bangkok Sub-Regional Resource Facility (2001-2004); CTA of the Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme in the prime Minister’s Office in Laos (1995-2001); Advisor to the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Improvements in Burundi (1991-1995); Advisor (on public administration reform) to the General Secretariat of the Presidency in Mali (1987-1990), Associate Expert to the Commission for Administrative Reforms in Mali (1984-1987).
Prior to joining the UN, he worked as a lawyer and for the Ministry of Finance in Belgium.
Mr. Keuleers is a Belgian national and holds a Law Degree from the University of Leuven in Belgium.