UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative
Ms. Nirody is currently the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (UN RC/UNDP RR) for the Republic of Indonesia. She began her assignment in May 2017.
She has twenty-seven years of experience as a development practitioner and has held various senior positions with the UN working with countries in the Asia Pacific, Latin American, Africa, the Arab and Europe-CIS regions at country and regional levels and at UN headquarters.
She has advised over 60 countries globally on a range of multi-disciplinary development issues. She is a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She has worked on equity, poverty reduction, sustainable development, policy coherence as well as on organizational change and reform issues. Throughout her career, Ms. Nirody has partnered with numerous multilateral and bilateral organizations on a range of aid management and aid effectiveness issues.
Until recently, Ms. Nirody served as the UN RC/UNDP RR in the Arab Republic of Egypt and prior to that as the UN RC/UNDP RR in the Republic of Uzbekistan. As the designated representative of the UN Secretary General, she led the United Nations Country Teams and coordinated the UN and UNDP’s development and humanitarian work in these countries.
Previous leadership positions include: UNDP Country Director in Afghanistan, Chief of UNDP Sub-Regional Office for South East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, where she coordinated UNDP advice and assistance to 16 countries on poverty reduction, environmental management, disaster risk reduction and governance, Senior Environment Advisor for Asia, Director of UNDP’s Operational Policies and Applied Research Group in New York and Global Coordinator of the UNDP-managed Trust Fund on Capacity Development supporting over 75 countries in implementing Agenda 21 following the Rio summit in 1992.
Prior to the UN, Ms. Nirody worked with the World Bank as an Urban Environment Specialist and with non-governmental organizations. Ms. Nirody has post graduate degrees in International Relations, International Development (with a specialization in Natural Resources Management) and Political Science from the United States and India.
UNDP Indonesia Country Director
Christophe Bahuet has been the Country Director of UNDP in Indonesia since August 2015.
His earlier assignments with UNDP included China, Vietnam, Ghana, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Mr. Bahuet also worked at the UNDP Headquarters in New York, in the Evaluation Office and in Partnership Bureau. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked in the French Embassy in Yugoslavia.
Mr. Bahuet holds a master’s degree with honours from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a diploma in Southeast Asian studies from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, a law degree, and a degree in Russian from the University of Bordeaux.
UNDP Indonesia Deputy Country Director
Prior to her posting in Indonesia, Sophie was the Deputy Country Director in UNDP Nepal CO, a role she undertook in July 2014. Prior to that, Sophie was posted in Armenia in 2013 as the acting Deputy Resident Representative. Sophiefirst joined UNDP in 2007 leading the Economic Development Portfolio in Georgia and in 2008 became UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Georgia.
Before joining UNDP, Sophie has managed large-scale development projects with USAID, DFID and EU, and served as senior advisor to the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance via the development sector. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the Community Development Initiatives of the British Petroleum Exploration. She started her career in development in 1998.
A Georgian citizen, Sophie Kemkhadze holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Policy from Warwick University (2003), and PhD in Mathematics from Georgian Academy of Sciences (1998). She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanics and Mathematics from Tbilisi State University. She also holds a diploma in Psychology.