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.
Pa Lamin Beyai
UNDP Resident Representative for Sierra Leone
Prior to this appointment, Pa Lamin was UNDP Resident Representative (2019-2020) and Country Director for Liberia (2017-2019). Pa Lamin was also Country Director for Nigeria (2013-2016); and Economic Advisor & Team Leader, Inclusive Growth Cluster with the UNDP Office in Ghana (2009-2013). Pa Lamin served as Financial Sustainability Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) Inter-Country Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa in Zimbabwe (2006-2009); and Health Economist with the WHO Office in The Gambia (1999-2006). Before joining the United Nations, Pa Lamin held various positions of increasing responsibility at The Gambia Public Transport Corporation (GPTC) from 1994-1999, including as Senior Manager Administration & Human Resources (1997-1999), Manager, Corporate Management Services (1995 -1997), and Corporate Management Services Officer (1994-1995).
Pa Lamin holds a Ph.D in Economics with a focus on Health Economics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as a Master of Science in Finance (Economic Policy) from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), both from the University of London, UK; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics from the University of Curtin, Perth, Western Australia; and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics from Fourah Bay College from the University of Sierra Leone.
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Sierra Leone
Sayed has recently joined UNDP Sierra Leone as Deputy Resident Representative. Prior to this, Mr. Sahibzada has served as Deputy Resident Representative with UNDP Syria and UNDP Libya. He began working with UNDP in February 1996 and since then has served in several countries including Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Nepal, Indonesia, Somalia, Libya, and Syria. Throughout his over 30-year professional career, he has served as researcher, instructor, computer programmer, programme coordinator, senior advisor and head of offices managing large scale programmes and operations. In addition to over 23-year of services with UNDP, he has also worked with Non-Governmental Organizations, United Nations Political Mission, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Office. Mr. Sahibzada holds an MBA in Project Management and BSc in Economics.