Ms. Ricarda Rieger has been serving as UNDP Resident Representative in Lao PDR since 2019. Ms. Rieger has worked with the United Nations Development Programme for more than 30 years, serving in Country Offices as well as Headquarter duty stations. Most recently she served as Programme Advisor/Team Leader for Afghanistan, East Asia and the Pacific in UNDP's Bangkok Regional Hub (2014 - 2019).
She started her career with UNDP as Junior Professional Officer in DPR Korea (1989 - 1991), and continued with increasing responsibilities in Thailand as Assistant Resident Representative (1991 - 1995), Policy and Programme Officer in New York (1995 - 1997), Capacity Building Officer, Capacity 21/UNOPS, Mediterranean Environment Technical Assistance Programme in Egypt (1997 - 1999), Deputy Resident Representative for Programme and Operations in UNDP Philippines (1999 - 2003), Deputy Resident Representative/Deputy Country Director – Operations in UNDP Cambodia (2004 - 2009), and as Country Director in UNDP Ukraine (2009 – 2014). She has a degree in Economics.