The UNDP Resident Representative is the spokesperson for the UNDP Administrator in addition to being the head of the country office; responsible for UNDP policies and procedures.
We work closely with the Maldivian government and associated ministries in order to institute the UNDP Country Programme Document 2022-2026. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the government's coordinating agency, guides the associated programmes and action plans.
UNDP maintains strong partnerships with:
Civil society, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations
Bilateral and multilateral partners
The UN Country Team
Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in the Maldives
Enrico Gaveglia - Resident Representative, UNDP Maldives
Enrico Gaveglia is the current Resident Representative of UNDP Maldives, and presented his credentials on 4th October 2021.
Mr. Gaveglia is an experienced development professional with 18 years of experience in the United Nations system, having served in leadership roles at UNDP in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Sudan. During his illustrious tenure at UNDP, Mr. Gaveglia has offered his support to Governments, the UN system and UNDP in several capacities across regions, in aid of countries and offices in transformation and complex development settings including crisis and post conflict. Mr. Gaveglia is a regular outposted resource of UNDP Bureau of Management, Crisis Bureau, an innovation advocate for the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Innovation Centre, and has lived the last 11 years in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Prior to UNDP, Mr. Gaveglia worked for over five years with the European Union in the former regional delegation to India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives, as well as in the European Agency for Reconstruction in Montenegro and North Macedonia. He started his career as Lieutenant in the Italian Ministry of Defense in 1999. Mr. Gaveglia, an Italian national, holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Florence, Italy.
Deputy Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in the Maldives
Vera Hakim - Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Maldives
Vera Hakim was appointed as the UNDP Resident Representative in 2019.
Ms Hakim has worked in UNDP and UN offices for 10 years. She previously worked as an Operations Specialist in the UNDP Bureau for Policy Programme Support (BPPS) in New York, and before that as National Programme Manager for Gender and HIV at UNDP Indonesia since 2004.
Prior to her expansive career in UNDP and UN offices, Ms Hakim worked with AusAid/DFAT in Indonesia, ASEAN secretariat, and other UN agencies such as UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, and UNAIDs secretariat. Aside from her impressive work experience, Ms Hakim holds a Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Indonesia, Jakarta.
Our Management Team
Shafag Naaz Athif – Operations Manager
Ahmed Shifaz – Assistant Resident Representative Resilience and Climate Change
Yasmeen Rasheed – Assistant Resident Representative Integrated Governance Programme
Mohamed Shahudh – Head of the Economist Team
Aminath Sanu Ibrahim – Head of Communications
Hussain Rasheed/ Fathimath Lahfa/Aishath Nayasheen Ahmed – Accelerator Lab Heads