Sigrid A. M. Kaag

Assistant Secretary-General

Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP New York

United States
Arabic, English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish
Aid Effectiveness, Development, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Private sector, South-South Cooperation

Sigrid Kaag (The Netherlands) was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General/Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Development Programme in May, 2010.

Prior to joining UNDP, from 2007 to 2010, Ms. Kaag was UNICEF’s Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa based in Amman, Jordan. Earlier, she served as the Chief of Staff for UNICEF’s Executive Director and as Deputy Director of Programmes in New York.

She also served as Senior UN Adviser in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Khartoum, Sudan.

From 1998 to 2004, Ms. Kaag was the Chief of Donor Relations with the International Organization for Migration, and Senior Programme Manager with the External Relations Office of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Jerusalem, covering Lebanon, Jordan, the occupied Palestinian territory and the Syrian Arab Republic.

Before joining the UN system in 1994, Ms. Kaag served with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, and as Deputy Head of Sector in its UN Political Affairs Department in The Hague. Her private sector experience includes two years with the Shell International Petroleum Company in London.

Ms. Kaag holds a Master’s of Philosophy in International Relations of the Middle East from Exeter University and a Master’s in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.