UNDP Sri Lanka
Our Leadership Team
UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka
Azusa Kubota joined UNDP in Sri Lanka as the Resident Representative in January 2023.
Prior to her appointment in Sri Lanka, Ms. Kubota served as the Resident Representative for UNDP in Bhutan from 2019-2022, where she led overall operations, programme implementation, strategic vision setting and representation of the office in the country.
Prior to her tenure in Bhutan, she has served UNDP in multiple capacities as the Manager and Head of Office of UNDP in the Solomon Islands and the UN Joint Presence Manager for UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNWOMEN (2016 – 2019); Deputy Resident Representative, Programme and Operations for UNDP Lao PDR (2014 – 2016) and UNDP Maldives (2011-2014); Evaluation Specialist (2008 – 2011) and Evaluation Analyst (2006 -2008) at UNDP Evaluation Office; and Programme Analyst- Sustainable Economic Empowerment Unit, UNDP Malawi (2002 –2006), to name a few key roles over the years.
She has also previously worked with the Government of South Africa in organizing the second international conference on the use of evaluation for public policies, and has also worked for NGOs in Senegal, Lesotho and Washington D.C. where she was responsible for organizing training programmes for senior government officials in the areas of international law and economic development.
A national of Japan, Ms. Kubota holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, USA; and a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College, Northampton, USA. She has spent a semester at Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal and studied French at Middlebury College, Vermont, USA.
Deputy Resident Representative
Malin Herwig joined UNDP in Sri Lanka as the Deputy Resident Representative in August 2021.
She brings 17 years of international development experience working on governance and peacebuilding, as well as in management and coordination roles within UNDP. Most recently she served as the acting Director for the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and before that as Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Adviser, UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States in Amman, Jordan (2015-2019) where she also led the regional efforts on Preventing Violent Extremism.
Prior to this, Malin worked as Policy Specialist in UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, New York. Previously, she was Head of the Office of the Resident Coordinator, UN Liberia and Team Leader, Poverty Reduction in UNDP Kazakhstan.
Before joining UNDP, Malin served as member of the Swedish Government Committee investigating the events during the Gothenburg EU Summit 2001, in particular the role of the police. She had engagement in Swedish civil society, including as President of the National Council for Swedish Youth Organizations (LSU).
Malin holds a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Uppsala, Sweden and Bachelor from Stockholm University.
Integrated Management Team
Inclusive Governance Team Leader
Dr. Buddika Hapuarachchi
Climate and Environment Team Leader
Integrated Support Team Leader
Fadhil Bakeer Markar
Strategic Engagement, Digital and Innovation Team
Dr. Vagisha Gunasekara
Policy & Programme Specialist/ Team Leader
Sustainable Growth Team