Resident Representative, UNDP India
Ms. Shoko Noda (Japan) is UNDP Resident Representative in India. Previously, she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Maldives. Ms Noda was pivotal in taking forward the development agenda of the Maldives in a politically fluid and charged context. Effectively engaging key national political interlocutors, she has coordinated analysis, engagement and diplomatic action, in addition to strong resource mobilisation at a crucial transitional post-elections phase. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and climate action.
Before that, Ms Noda was UNDP’s Country Director in Nepal from 2011 to 2014. She was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Mongolia from 2006 to 2011 and Recovery Coordination Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan from late 2005 to 2006. From May to October 2005 Shoko served with the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Chef de Cabinet to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General. She worked in the HQ as Programme Specialist to the Administrator from 2002 to 2005. She was Assistant Resident Representative in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2001-2002) and joined UNDP as a JPO where she served in Kosovo (2000-2001) and Tajikistan (1998-2000). Ms Noda’s working career began in 1995 when she was Researcher in the Behavioural Sciences Department with Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. in Tokyo.
Ms Noda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Keio University, Japan.
Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India
Mr. Dennis Curry, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India brings a wealth of experience from his career in international development. After working for three years in the finance sector in Ireland, he moved into humanitarian work where he held a number of leadership positions with international NGOs in conflict and post-conflict settings, in Sudan, Chad and Sierra Leone from 2005 to 2009.
He joined UNDP in 2009 under the Leadership Development Programme (“LEAD”) and held various roles until 2019. He started at HQ working between the then Bureaus of Management and Crisis Prevention and Recovery coordinating the Fast Track crisis response policy framework. This was followed by two postings as Assistant Country Director, firstly in Nepal leading Peacebuilding and Recovery and in Vietnam overseeing Governance and Participation. He also served in shorter technical, managerial and SURGE response assignments in the Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Yemen and, in March-May 2018, India.
Before joining UNDP India, he spent almost 3 years in the UK Department for International Development / Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, where he was a Senior Governance Advisor and Deputy Head of Department leading on Democratic Governance policy.
Dennis holds a degree and masters in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and a masters in Development Studies from University College Dublin.