The UNDP Thailand team consists of 53 staff members; 49 are Thai nationals and 4 are from other countries: France, Mauritius, Norway, and Sweden.
The academic and professional background of the team includes communications, government affairs, law, international development, social and political science, business, environmental science, forestry, providing a wide range of skills and expertise to support the implementation of the UNDP Programme.
Renaud Meyer, Resident Representative
Renaud Meyer started his assignment as UNDP Resident Representative to Thailand on 26 March 2019, coming from Nepal where he was the UNDP Country Director since January 2015.
Prior to that, Renaud served as Senior Deputy Country Director for UNDP Afghanistan from November 2012 to December 2014. UNDP Country Director in the Philippines from August 2008 to October 2012 and Deputy Country Director of UNDP China from August 2004 till August 2008.
Before serving UNDP in Asia, Renaud served four years in Headquarters as the Special Assistant to the UNDP Associate Administrator in the Executive Office in New York from 2002 to 2004 and as Special Assistant to the Director of the Bureau for Development Policy starting in 2000.
Renaud started his UNDP career as a Programme Officer (JPO) in Lebanon in 1998. Before joining the United Nations, Renaud Meyer worked in Tunisia for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A French citizen, Renaud Meyer holds a Master’s in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Strasbourg and graduated from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg. He also completed a one-year programme of studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Lovita Ramgutee, Deputy Resident Representative
A citizen from Mauritius, Lovita started her professional career in the private sector where she worked for over 5 years at a regional consulting firm on a wide range of sectors and development issues both in her home country Mauritius and in the African region. With a passion to contribute to development and transforming lives of the less privileged, she joined the world of development with UNDP where she has been working for over 15 years both in least developing and middle-income development contexts.
During her tenure at UNDP, Lovita has served in several capacities, starting with UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) as Business Partnership Coordinator in New York. She was thereafter appointed as UNDP liaison officer in Istanbul within the regional bloc Black Sea Economic Cooperation where she also held the position of Business Partnership Advisor for the UNDP implemented Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme. In October 2008, Lovita was appointed as Assistant Resident Representative with the UNDP Moldova Country Office where she also managed UNDP’s poverty reduction portfolio for 3 years. In October 2011, Lovita joined the UNDP Montenegro Country Office as the Deputy Resident Representative. After 8 years of working in the Europe and CIS region, she joined the UNDP Asia and Pacific Bureau in October 2013 and is currently the Deputy Resident Representative to UNDP Thailand.
Lovita holds a Master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSC) as well as Bachelors and Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK (BA, MSc). She is fluent in English, French, Creole (mother tongue) and has a fair knowledge of Hindi.