Xiaojun Grace Wang

Practice Manager, Poverty Practice, Lead Adviser on South-South Cooperation,

Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP New York


United States
Chinese, English

Xiaojun Grace Wang is the Practice Manager of the Poverty Practice and Lead Adviser on South-South Cooperation in UNDP.  She coordinates South-South Cooperation work within UNDP and with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). She recently organized the UNDP solutions forum on poverty eradication and environmental sustainability at the 2013 Global South-South Expo in Nairobi, where UNDP and the UN Environment Programme supported climate budget and institutional review solution from Nepal won the South Leadership Award.

Ms. Wang has been instrumental in the launch of a global initiative on scaling up development solutions for transformational change. She led the development of the knowledge base and programme guidance, mobilized partnerships, and supported integration of scaling-up strategies into country programmes and corporate strategies. She also championed the scaling-up strategy for South-South Cooperation through a joint initiative with the UNOSSC, which was launched at the Global South-South Expo in Rome in 2011. The Scaling-up concept and strategy has since become the core of the South-South cooperation discourse.

Prior to her present appointment, Ms. Wang worked for seven years in UNDP China where she was the Team Leader of Democratic Governance and HIV and AIDS, and managed poverty reduction programmes, including pro-poor fiscal reforms, MDG-based national planning, ICT for development, and public sector capacity development. She spearheaded the UNDP flagship programme in China, which provides over 400 senior policy makers with training on balanced and sustainable development. In the aftermath of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, she successfully implemented a participatory and comprehensive recovery model, which was rolled out to over 4,800 of the poorest villages affected by the earthquake and integrated into the national poverty reduction strategy.

Before joining UNDP in 2002, Ms. Wang worked with governments, international non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and media outlets. She is a Chinese national and holds a PhD in Education and International Development from the University of London.

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