Xiaojun Grace Wang

Policy Adviser, South-South Cooperation

Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP New York


United States
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Partnerships, Policy, Poverty Eradication, South-South Cooperation

Xiaojun Grace Wang isa Policy Adviser for South-South Cooperation in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

Ms. Wang has been the Lead Advisor on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSC/TrC) in BDP since April 2013. She has coordinated the work on SSC in collaboration with all Bureaus and with the UN Office on South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). She spearheaded the programming mapping, consultations, and the development of a corporate strategy on SSC, as well as successfully coordinated UNDP’s participation in the global South-South Expo in Nairobi, 2013.

Ms. Wang joined BDP in 2009 as the Poverty Practice Manager, where she successfully managed work planning, key results, knowledge and communication, partnerships, and operations. In addition, Grace has also championed a global initiative on scaling-up development innovations for transformational change. She has led the development of the knowledge base and programme guidance, mobilized partnerships, and supported country programmes on scaling-up local innovations, within countries and across borders. She successfully advocated for the scaling-up concept and approaches through SSC/TrC in collaboration with the UNOSSC.

Prior to joining BDP Ms. Wang worked for more than 7 years in UNDP’s China country office, led teams on democratic governance, HIV and AIDS, disaster risk management, and managed flagship poverty reduction programmes.

Before joining UNDP, she worked with the Government of China, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and Asia-Europe Foundation, and has extensive experience in development cooperation.

Ms. Wang is a Chinese national and holds a PhD from the University of London, specializing in education and international development management.

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