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Norimasa Shimomura

UNDP Resident Representative 

Mr. Norimasa Shimomura has started as UNDP Resident Representative in Indonesia on 1 October 2020.  He has more than 25 years of experience at the United Nations, promoting sustainable human development in many countries.   

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan in 2015-2020 and UNDP Resident Representative for Kazakhstan until December 2018 when the global UN reform separated the positions of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Earlier, he spearheaded development initiatives as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Montenegro, UNDP Country Director in Tajikistan and Albania, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the current Republic of North Macedonia, and acting UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia.  He also served as Program Manager of Western Balkans cluster at UNDP headquarters Regional Bureau for Europe & CIS, and Special Assistant to the Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

Prior to that, he was Economic Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations serving as delegate for the GA Second Committee, ECOSOC and its subsidiary committees, and UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board.  He started his career as UNDP programme officer in Turkmenistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

He holds Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in the City of New York, and B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.



Sophie Kemkhadze

UNDP Indonesia Deputy Resident Representative 

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. 



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