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
Francine Pickup assumed her position as Deputy Country Director at UNDP Indonesia in February 2016. Prior to this, she worked as Strategic Planning Advisor in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, based in New York. She focused on strengthening the organization’s results-based management and quality assurance, as well as innovation and scaling up capacity, spending significant time in countries such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. In 2008-2012, she headed a UN Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit in Iraq.
Mrs. Pickup has worked with organizations including Amnesty International, Oxfam, the World Bank and the UN. She has also worked with UN agencies ILO, FAO, OCHA, UNSCO and UNDP in the humanitarian and development arenas at the headquarters in New York, as well as in the field, in country offices including Russia, Central Asia, occupied Palestinian territory, and Lebanon.
Mrs. Pickup received her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and her Masters and PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Her PhD was on local level responses to new market forces in the industrial Ural Mountains in Russia. She has publications on topics including aid effectiveness, humanitarian aid policy, livelihoods, the informal economy, and gender and development. She also wrote the book Ending Violence Against Women: A Challenge for Humanitarian and Development Work.