The UNDP Resident Representative is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately accountable for UNDP’s programme and operations, including for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions on the ground.
Auke Lootsma is the Resident Representative for UNDP Iraq office since 28 November 2022, before this he was the Resident Representative of UNDP Yemen office from February 2019 to November 2022. He started in Yemen as Country Director in August 2016.
His career with UNDP began in 1994. In the recent past, he was the Country Director in Rwanda; Senior Recovery Advisor in Ukraine; Deputy Country Director (Programme) in Sudan; and Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) in Uganda. Mr.Lootsma holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Development Economics.