Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC)
Ms Mirjana Spoljaric Egger is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP, and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS. She was appointed to this position by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in August 2018 and assumed her duties in October 2018.
Ms Spoljaric previously had many years of distinguished service with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Most recently she served as Ambassador, Head of the United Nations and International Organisations Division, where she was instrumental in shaping coherent Swiss UN policies and priorities in support of the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, representing Switzerland in multilateral processes, and had responsibility for International Geneva and Switzerland’s host country policy and representing Switzerland in the Geneva Group.
Prior to this Ms Spoljaric had several assignments in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Berne and New York. She coordinated and ensured good offices in the context of EU-led Iran and UN-led Syria Talks and represented Switzerland in negotiations on UN reforms and budget, at the Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, Peacebuilding Commission, Human Rights Council, and UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
From 2010-2012 Ms Spoljaric was seconded to the Office of the Commissioner-General on the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Amman as Senior Adviser covering organizational development, management reforms, coordination of an agency-wide partnership strategy, and comprehensive health, education, relief and social services programs reviews.
Earlier in her career Ms Spoljaric worked in the Embassy of Switzerland in Cairo, Egypt, and was Desk Officer for the EBRD and Nuclear Safety in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ms Spoljaric holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Economics and International Law from the University of Basel and the University of Geneva and has lectured in Global Governance at the University of Lucerne. She speaks fluent German, English, French and Croatian.
Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) since March 2022
Most recently Ms. Walter served for three years as United Nations Resident Coordinator for the UN’s Multi-Country Office covering Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten. Prior to this, she worked from to 2013 to 2018 as UNDP Country Director a.i. and Deputy Country Director in India and as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Thailand. Ms. Walter also served for five years as the Deployment Coordinator of UNDP’s global emergency rapid response programme (SURGE) in the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in New York following a previous two-year appointment in Kabul, Afghanistan where she managed UNDP’s Civil Service Leadership Development Project. Prior to her time in Afghanistan, she worked as Capacity Building Advisor for UNDP as well as the UN Training and Research Institute (UNITAR) out of Geneva and New York on capacity building, resource mobilization, and public private partnerships, work which led her to Africa, Asia, and Europe. Prior to her joining the United Nations in 1996, Ms. Walter worked as a freelance journalist in Berlin, Germany.
Marina holds a Master degree in Comparative Politics from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA and a Master degree in International Politics, Economics, and Law, from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. She speaks German, French, and English.