Mr. Norimasa Shimomura has started as UNDP Resident Representative in Indonesia on 1 October 2020. He has more than 25 years of experience at the United Nations, promoting sustainable human development in many countries.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan in 2015-2020 and UNDP Resident Representative for Kazakhstan until December 2018 when the global UN reform separated the positions of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Earlier, he spearheaded development initiatives as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Montenegro, UNDP Country Director in Tajikistan and Albania, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the current Republic of North Macedonia, and acting UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia. He also served as Program Manager of Western Balkans cluster at UNDP headquarters Regional Bureau for Europe & CIS, and Special Assistant to the Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.
Prior to that, he was Economic Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations serving as delegate for the GA Second Committee, ECOSOC and its subsidiary committees, and UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board. He started his career as UNDP programme officer in Turkmenistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He holds Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in the City of New York, and B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
Ms. Sujala Pant is the Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Indonesia, a role she assumed in September 2022. She has nearly 20 years of experience working on sustainable development, governance and climate finance across different countries and regions. Prior to joining the Indonesia Country Office, Ms. Pant was the Chief Technical Advisor of a multi-partner regional initiative focused on the interface of climate-change, crisis and achievement of the SDGs in the Arab States. Before that, she worked at the Green Climate Fund (South Korea), supporting countries in the eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Western Asia to access climate finance more effectively.
She has extensive experiences across UNDP having undertaken diverse roles such as Governance and Climate Finance Advisor in Asia-Pacific (2013-2017); Governance Specialist (2011-2013) in Asia-Pacific; Special Assistant to UNDP Governance Director (2008-2011) in Headquarters. Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Pant focused on country level assistance during her tenure with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in Bhutan and Nepal (2003-2008) where she supported national and sub-national government stakeholders on policies and initiatives related to local governance.
Ms. Pant has a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Monash University, Australia.