Country Office team

Meet UNDP Yemen

UNDP Yemen Resident Representative

Mr. Auke Lootsma has been serving in Yemen as the Resident Representative since February 2019. He begain his tenure in Sana'a as Country Director in August 2016.

Mr. Lootsma's career with UNDP began in 1994. Previously, Mr. Lootsma has served as the Country Director in Rwanda; Senior Recovery Advisor in Ukraine; Deputy Country Director (Programme) in Sudan; and, Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) in Uganda. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Development Economics.


UNDP Yemen Senior Management

Nahid Hussein: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme)
Mulugeta Abebe: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Operations)


Aden and Mukallah
Salma Elhagyousif: Head of Sub-Office

Leanne Rios: Head of Office

Vacant: Head of Sub-Office

Communications Team
Leanne Rios: Team Leader, Communications and Advocacy

Management Support Unit
Kennedy Chibvongodze: Team Leader

Economic Resilience and Recovery Team
Michele DiBenedetto: Team Leader

Governance and Rule of Law Team
Lucy Mathieson: Team Leader

Peace Support Operations Team
Tsunetaka Tsuchiya: Team Leader

Procurement and Travel Team

Hari Kafle: Team Leader, Procurement and Travel

Service Center Team
Rashid Mogga: Team Leader

Resource Management Team
Tareq Gholasi: Operations Analyst

Security Team
Abraham De Beer: Senior Field Security Specialist

UN Volunteers Team
Abdullah Al Duraibi: UNV Programme Analyst