Deputy Assistant Administrator and
Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa
Ruby Sandhu-Rojon was appointed by the UNDP Administrator as UNDP's Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa in March 2014.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Sandhu-Rojon was UN Resident Coordinator for Ghana since 2010. As Resident Coordinator, she has ensured the effective positioning of the UN System through a proactive engagement at the highest levels of Government with development partners, NGOs and think tanks.
Before serving as Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Ms. Sandhu-Rojon was the UNDP Country Director in Burkina Faso. She also assumed the interim role of Resident Representative during the time the country underwent legislative elections in a major government turnover. As a member of the Technical Secretariat for the Annual Poverty Reduction Strategy review and with UNDP as lead agency for the governance sector, Ms. Sandhu-Rojon was able to raise sensitive issues of corruption with the Government and produced tangible results.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Sandhu-Rojon was posted in Germany as Chief of the African Section of UN Volunteers (UNV), where she promoted volunteerism for development through guidance and pioneered the development of a regional strategy in the Africa section for a strategic vision on the value added of volunteerism.
Prior to serving as Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Madagascar, Ms. Sandhu-Rojon was the Special Assistant to the Administrator of UNDP from 1997 to 1999. She provided critical support in collaboration with the Regional Bureau for Africa for the Administrator’s role as Head of the Great Lakes Task Force among other assignments. She started her career with UNIFEM as a Programme Officer for its African section.
Ms. Sandhu-Rojon is from the United States and holds an MSC in Russian Politics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science specializing in International Economics and Politics from Bryn Mawr College, US.