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Luca Renda: Resident Representative

Mr. Luca Renda is the UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan as of 25 April 2024. He comes from New York, where since 2020 he has served as Head of the Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility Team, at the UNDP Crisis Bureau.
Luca has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of development settings, in roles of increasing responsibilities since his first assignment with the United Nations as UN Volunteer in Liberia back in 1997. 

In UNDP, Luca has served as Program Manager in the Emergency Response Division (1999-2000) and Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (2000-2004). He has been Deputy Resident Representative in Ecuador (2004-2007) and Honduras (2007-2012), and Country Director in Lebanon (2012-2017), where worked on the UN response to the Syrian crisis. 

Between 2017 and 2020, he has undertaken special assignments such as Head of the UN Crisis Management Unit in Dominica, coordinating UN and UNDP post-disaster recovery efforts; Resident Representative in Guyana; and Special Advisor for the UN transition in Haiti. 
Luca graduated in Political Science/International Relations at LUISS in 1994. He also holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He is married with two children.