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Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

Administrador

Achim Steiner
Achim Steiner
Administrador

Achim Steiner asumió el cargo de Administrador del PNUD el 19 de junio de 2017 y desempeñará sus funciones por un período de cuatro años. La Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas confirmó su nominación el 19 de abril de 2017, tras el nombramiento por el Secretario General, António Guterres..

En calidad de Administrador del PNUD, Achim Steiner también es el vice presidente del Grupo de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, que reúne a 32 fondos, programas, agencias especializadas y otros organismos que trabajan para apoyar el desarrollo sostenible.

Durante casi tres décadas, Steiner ha sido un líder mundial en materia de desarrollo sostenible, resiliencia al clima y cooperación internacional. Ha trabajado incansablemente para defender la sostenibilidad, el crecimiento económico y la igualdad de las personas vulnerables, y ha sido un defensor activo de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.

Antes de unirse al Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, fue director de Oxford Martin School y profesor de Balliol College, de la Universidad de Oxford. Steiner ha trabajado dentro del sistema de las Naciones Unidas, estudiando los desafíos mundiales tanto desde un punto de vista humanitario como de desarrollo. Asimismo, dirigió el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (2006-2016), ayudando a los gobiernos a invertir en tecnologías limpias y energía renovable. Achim Steiner también fue Director General de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas en Nairobi y se desempeñó anteriormente en otros puestos destacados, como el de Director General de la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza y Secretario General de la Comisión Mundial sobre Represas.

Achim Steiner ha vivido y trabajado en África, Asia, el Oriente Medio, Europa, América Latina y los Estados Unidos. Se graduó en Filosofía, Política y Economía (MA) del Worcester College de la Universidad de Oxford, y tiene una maestría de la Escuela de Estudios Orientales y Africanos (SOAS) de la Universidad de Londres.

Mourad Wahba

Mourad Wahba

Administrador Asociado Interino;
Dirección Regional de los Estados Árabes

Mourad Wahba
Mourad Wahba
Acting Associate Administrator of UNDP
Regional Bureau for Arab States

As of May, 2019 Mr. Mourad Wahba (Egypt) is Acting Associate Administrator of UNDP. He also serves as the UNDP Regional Director for Arab States.

Mr. Wahba has had many years of distinguished service at the United Nations and UNDP. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Haiti. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Regional Bureau of Arab States, UNDP, in New York (2013-2015); Director, Security Office, UNDP Bureau of Management, New York (2009-2013); UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (2006-2009) in Morocco; Director, United Nations Affairs, UNDP New York (2001-2006); and Deputy Resident Representative in Guyana (1999-2001).

Mr. Wahba began his career with the United Nations in 1993, as a Senior Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General. Before joining the UN, Mourad was an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo, and a Visiting Lecturer on International Political Economy at the Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt (1987-1993).

Valerie Cliff

Valerie Cliff

Oficial a cargo de la Dirección Regional de Asia y el Pacífico y Directora del Centro Regional en Bangkok

Valerie Cliff
Valerie Cliff
Officer-in-Charge of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub

Valerie Cliff of the United States was appointed as UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific in 2017.

Valerie served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Djibouti from 2014 to 2017. Her earlier assignments included senior management roles in UNDP New York, and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kuwait, as well as earlier assignments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cambodia. Prior to joining the United Nations in 1991, Valerie worked in the financial sector and served as a Volunteer for the International Rescue Committee in Peshawar, Pakistan. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Amherst College.

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger

Dirección Regional de Europa y la Comunidad de Estados Independientes

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger
Mirjana Spoljaric Egger
Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

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.

ahunna

Ahunna Eziakonwa

Dirección Regional de África

Ahunna Eziakonwa
Ahunna Eziakonwa
Regional Bureau 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

Luis Felipe López-Calva

Dirección Regional de América Latina y el Caribe

Luis Felipe López-Calva
Luis Felipe López-Calva
Regional Bureau 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.

Ulrika Modéer

Ulrika Modéer

Dirección de Relaciones Externas y Promoción

Ulrika Modéer
Ulrika Modéer
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.

Asako Okai

Asako Okai

Subsecretaria General de la ONU, Administradora Asistente del PNUD y Directora de la Dirección de Respuesta a las Crisis

Asako Okai
Asako Okai
UN 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.

Kanni Wignaraja

Kanni Wignaraja

Dirección de Servicios de Gestión

Kanni Wignaraja
Kanni Wignaraja
Bureau for Management Services

Kanni takes up her assignment as BMS Director ad interim as of 1 May 2019. She is currently serving as Senior Advisor to the UNDP Administrator focusing on development policy and reform, and leadership development.

Prior to this, she was the Director of the Office for UN Development Coordination (UNDOCO) for five years, leading a team that brought together the forty UN Development System entities to deliver results in over 170 countries.

Kanni has significant experience in leading UNDP’s global, regional and country programme portfolios. She served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Zambia 2010-2013; Director of UNDP’s Capacity Development Group in the Bureau of Development Policy; Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam, and ad interim in Indonesia; Chief of Regional Programme for the Asia Pacific, in RBAP; and Policy and Evaluation Officer in UNV HQ.

Prior to joining the UN, Kanni worked with the Ford Foundation in New York, and with the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka. Kanni has contributed to numerous papers, articles and conferences in areas of public policy, institutional reform, capacity development, human rights and leadership.

Kanni holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Bryn Mawr College.

Haoliang Xu

Haoliang Xu

Subsecretario General de la ONU, Administrador Adjunto del PNUD y Director de la Oficina de Políticas y Apoyo a Programas

Haoliang Xu
Haoliang Xu
UN 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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