Nakamitsu to head UNDP Crisis Response Unit, Martinez-Soliman to head Bureau of Policy and Programme Support

Sep 18, 2014

New York, USA - Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), announced Izumi Nakamitsu and Magdy Martinez-Soliman as Assistant Administrators of the UN’s largest development agency.

Nakamitsu of Japan has been appointed as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Response Unit (CRU).

Nakamitsu has many years of distinguished service within and outside the United Nations System. She is currently serving as Director, Asia and the Middle East Division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Between 2008 and 2012, she was Director, Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training, DPKO. Between 2005 and 2008, she was in her native Japan as Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and during the same period she also served as a member of the Foreign Exchange Council of the Japanese Foreign Minister, and as a visiting senior advisor on peacebuilding at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) then headed by Mrs. Sadako Ogata. Prior to this, she was Chef de Cabinet and Director of Planning and Coordination at the Stockholm-based intergovernmental organization, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) between 1998 and 2004. Earlier in her career, she held a number of positions in the UN system both at Headquarters and in the field, including in the UN Reform Team of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Office of the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Policy and Operations Sergio Vieira de Mello, and in UNHCR field operations in the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and northern Iraq.

Nakamitsu holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Laws from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.  Born in 1963, she is married and has two children.

Nakamitsu will take up her post in early November 2014.


Martinez-Soliman of Spain has been appointed as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS).
Martinez-Soliman is currently serving as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) in UNDP.  For the past year he has been Director a.i. of the Bureau, managing its transition through UNDP’s current reorganization. Prior to this, he served as UN RC/UNDP RR, Mexico (2007-2012); Executive Director, United Nations Democracy Fund (2006-2007); Governance Practice Manager, UNDP (2003-2006); Senior Governance Advisor for West Africa, UNDP Senegal (2001-2003); International Parliamentary Expert, UNDP Bangladesh (1998-2001); City Councilor of Malaga (1995-1998); Lecturer, Department of International Law and International Relations of the Faculty of Law, Malaga University (1995-1998); Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Presidency and Spokesperson of the Government in Parliament, Government of Andalucía (Spain) (1993-1995) and Secretary of State for Youth, Government of Spain (1988-1993). He has been a Member of the Bar since 1985.

Martinez-Soliman holds a degree in Law (Juris Doctor) from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and the Universidad of Malaga. Born in 1961, he is married and has one daughter.
Martinez-Soliman will take up his post as of 1 October 2014.

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