Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2017, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.
Mr. Steiner is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites 40 entities of the UN system that work to support sustainable development.
Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the United Nations system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Achim Steiner previously held other notable positions including Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.
Achim Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Under Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP
Usha Rao-MonariUnder Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP
Usha Rao-Monari became Associate Administrator of UNDP on 6 April 2021.
Ms. Rao-Monari has over 30 years of investment experience and has held several senior positions, particularly in the infrastructure area. She previously served as Senior Adviser to Blackstone’s Infrastructure Group, as Chief Executive Officer of Global Water Development Partners, a Blackstone portfolio company, and held several senior positions, notably as Director of the Sustainable Business Advisory Group at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group.
She has until recently served on the Boards of a number of organisations in the field of sustainable development and has held a number of Board and advisory positions in the areas of water, natural capital, biodiversity and environment.
Ms. Rao-Monari holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Finance, School of International and Public Affairs/School of Business, Columbia University, New York, a Master’s degree in Management Studies, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai, India and a B.A. Honors Economics, Delhi University, New Delhi.
Regional Bureau for Arab States
Khalida BouzarUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP
Regional Bureau for Arab States
Khalida Bouzar has 35 years of international and national corporate leadership experience, including 25 years in the UN system. She has strong knowledge and a lifelong passion for sustainable development, poverty reduction and delivering development impact. She is an expert in fragile states development, and in conflict and post-conflict responses.
She has worked extensively across a wide spectrum of development issues covering sustainable development, rural development, environment, climate change, migration, economics and industry, in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and mainly in the Arab region.
Prior to her appointment as Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Dr. Bouzar served as Regional Director for Near East, North Africa and Europe, at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since 2012, where she established and led large-scale programmes and operations with a total investment volume of USD 2.6 billion across 45 countries.
Her key achievements include establishing the Facility for Refugees, Migrants, Forced Displacement and Rural Stability (FARMS); spearheading the current IFAD strategy for engagement in countries with fragile situations; negotiating the first ever country programme engagement with Iraq; and engaging in countries with limited fiscal space such as Yemen.
Earlier, Dr. Bouzar served as the Deputy Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, leading on strategy, policy and portfolio development, and established key partnerships (2008-2012). Between 2004 and 2008, she led the establishment of the IFAD’s Global Environment and Climate Change business operations contributing to significant resource mobilisation and a wider mainstreaming of these issues throughout IFAD’s operations.
She has also served as Regional Sustainable Development Advisor at UNDP Algeria; International Technical Expert in Drylands Development in the Bureau for Development Policy at UNDP and Programme Director at the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD.
Dr. Bouzar holds a PhD in Science from the University of Sciences, Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and speaks English, Arabic and French.
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Kanni WignarajaUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Ms. Kanni Wignaraja began her role as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific on 18 November 2019. Before, Ms. Wignaraja served as the Acting Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Management Services and as Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator, roles that she performed throughout 2019 after working as the Director of the UN Development Operations Coordination Office from 2014 to 2018.
Ms. Wignaraja has over twenty-five years of experience of the UN’s mission and UNDP’s role in the sustainable development agenda. She has a deep knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the global, regional and country level workings of UNDP, across policy, programme, management and operations.
Prior to joining the UN, Kanni worked with the Ford Foundation in New York. Kanni has contributed to numerous papers, articles and conferences in areas of public policy, institutional reform, capacity development, human rights and leadership.
Ms. Wignaraja holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Development Economics) from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bryn Mawr College. She is married and has two children.
Mirjana Spoljaric Egger
Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Mirjana Spoljaric EggerUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
Ms Spoljaric Egger previously served as Head of United Nations and International Organisations Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, where she has been instrumental in shaping Swiss UN policies and priorities in support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
Ms. Spoljaric Egger combines a strong policy background with field experience and has had several assignments in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, in New York, Cairo, and with the Office of UNRWA's Commissioner-General.
Ms Spoljaric Egger holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Economics and International Law from the University of Basel and the University of Geneva. She is married and has two children.
Regional Bureau for Africa
Ahunna EziakonwaUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa officially began her role as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa on August 15th, 2018. In this role she leads UNDP’s work supporting 46 countries in Africa to achieve Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ms. Eziakonwa succeeds Abdoulaye Mar Dieye who now leads UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.
Prior to taking up this post, Ms. Eziakonwa-Onochie was UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia (2015-2018), UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uganda (2012-2015), and before that held the same position in Lesotho (2008-2012). She has also worked as Chief of the Africa Section for Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) where she managed over 15 country operations in Africa. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Eziakonwa held a series of senior positions with civil society organisations in Africa.
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on economic and political development in Africa from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York. Ms. Eziakonwa-Onochie is personally passionate about broadening the space for engaging youth and women in sustainable development.
Luis Felipe López-Calva
Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
Luis Felipe López-CalvaUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
Luis Felipe López-Calva has nearly 30 years of professional experience, advising several Mexican governments in addition to UNDP and most recently the World Bank, where he served as Practice Manager of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice (Europe and Central Asia). He was the co director and lead author of the World Development Report 2017 on “Governance and the Law”. He was previously Lead Economist and Regional Poverty Advisor in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, and Lead Economist at the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean PREM Directorate, also at the World Bank.
From 2007 to 2010, he served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP-RBLAC in New York. Mr. López Calva has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and he is Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association. He has also been Chair of the Network on Inequality and Poverty in the Latin America and Caribbean Economic Association.
His research interests focus on labour markets, poverty and inequality, institutions and microeconomics of development, having presented his research at top institutions including: Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, San Diego; and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston University, as well as a master’s and a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.
Born in Mexico, he is married and has three children.
Asako OkaiUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau Speeches, blogs, media coverage
Ms. Asako Okai officially began her role as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director for the Crisis Bureau on August 22, 2018. In this role, she leads UNDP’s corporate crisis-related work and drives UNDP’s vision and priorities for crisis prevention, response, and recovery.
Ms. Okai has over 30 years of experience in the Japanese Foreign Service and in the United Nations. She possesses an extensive track record in development, humanitarian response, disaster management, and peace building work at both the strategic and operational levels.
Throughout her career, she has closely engaged in the evolution of international cooperation frameworks in different capacities, including the forging of historic institutional reforms of the international cooperation apparatus in Japan, and implementing innovative financial mechanisms to support reliable humanitarian funding model as Japan’s Director of Humanitarian Assistance. Ms. Okai has held several diplomatic senior positions worldwide and worked closely with the United Nations Headquarters, both in the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and as a Senior Member of the Office of the President of the 66th UN General Assembly, most recently serving as Consul-General of Japan in Vancouver, Canada.
She holds a Master’s of Arts in History of Art, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University and a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. Born in 1966, she is married.
Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy
Ulrika ModéerUN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy
Ms. Ulrika Modéer began her role as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy on 20 August 2018. In this role she leads the organization in nurturing and growing key relationships with Member States and new and emerging partners. She steers UNDP’s communications and advocacy, as it works to realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ms. Modéer previously served as Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation and Climate and has been instrumental in reshaping the country’s international development cooperation to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
She combines a strong policy background with parliamentary and civil society experience and has had several assignments in Latin America (Bolivia, Guatemala) and Africa (Mozambique, South Africa).
Ms. Modéer holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Born in 1969, Ms. Modéer is married with three children.
Angelique M. Crumbly
Bureau for Management Services
Angelique M. CrumblyUN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Management Services
Angelique Crumbly (USA) currently serves as the Performance Improvement Officer and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Management at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In building her public service career, Ms. Crumbly has served in key positions throughout USAID, including as a Procurement Analyst and Contract Specialist in the Office of Acquisition and Assistance, as Chief of the Policy and Technical Division in the Office of Food for Peace, as Senior Advisor to the Agency Counselor and Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau for Management, Director of the Office of Management Policy, Budget and Performance and as the Presidentially Appointed Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Management. As such, she had oversight of five offices with Agency-wide responsibility for financial management, information technology, management services, acquisition and assistance, management policy, operational budget and management performance, as well as staff totaling more than 1,100.
In addition to outstanding success in the fields of procurement, information technology and budget, Ms. Crumbly has led management reviews, cost savings, and streamlining initiatives resulting in the creation of sound business policies and management systems. She is responsible for managing the formulation of the Agency’s operational budget and execution of the agency’s programmatic budget totaling approximately $17 billion. Her leadership at USAID has produced effective business solutions resulting in streamlined and innovative humanitarian assistance and development programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from The George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Public Management from Georgetown University.
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Haoliang XuUN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Haoliang Xu was appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2019.
Previously, Mr. Xu was UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since September 2013.
Prior to this, he served as Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York since 2010; UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan (2007-2010); Country Director in Pakistan (2005-2007); Deputy Resident Representative for Programme, Pakistan (2004-2005); Country Manager and Senior Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Timor-Leste (2002-2004); Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Iran (2000-2002); Programme Manager, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, New York (1997-1999); Programme Officer/Junior Professional Officer, UNDP Kazakhstan (1997-1999).
Before joining the UN, Mr. Xu was a computer-aided design engineer with Louis Berger International Inc. in New Jersey and an assistant lecturer at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Xu, a Chinese national, holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, and a Masters’ of Science in Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology (USA). He also holds a Masters’ of International Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Columbia University (USA).
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