UN Country Team India



Mr Yuri Afanasiev
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
55, Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-4653 2333

Mr. Yuri Afanasiev is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India. He assumed his duties in July 2022. Prior to his current position Mr. Afanasiev served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010-2015) and in Croatia (2005-2010).

Before that he served in Headquarters in New York as Senior Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS covering 24 countries in the region including Central Asia. He has also served as Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the conflict (1997-2001) and Deputy Director at Inter Agency Procurement Services Office (IAPSO) in 1996-1997. Mr. Afanasiev acted as Policy Officer at the Bureau for Finance and Administration (BFA) at UNDP headquarters in New York and Portfolio Management Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services in Latin America, serving in Equador, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in 1992-1996. He started his development career in Cuba, where he served from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Afanasiev joined the UN from private business.

As a standing member of the crisis response team, Mr. Afanasiev was fielded as UNDP Coordinator for the Response to the Asian Tsunami in 2004-5, Somalia in 2012 and as the Typhoon Yolanda Response Coordinator in the Philippines in 2013. In 2014 he coordinated the UN response to the Balkan floods. He has spent over 14 years in various disaster and conflict duty stations.

Mr. Afanasiev holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is married with three grown children.


Ms Teresa Kho
Country Director
ADB (Asian Development Bank)
India Resident Mission
4, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110 021
Ph: +91-11-24107200

Teresa is responsible for leading India Resident Mission’s large project portfolio and numerous knowledge products. Since joining ADB in 1997, she has worked in various capacities including as Country Director of ADB in Bangladesh, Director of the Office of Cofinancing Operations, and Director of South Asia Urban Development and Water. Prior to joining ADB, Ms Kho spent 12 years working in finance, treasury, and audit functions for Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric and Sun Microsystems.


Ms Michiko Enomoto
Asian & Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology
APCTT Building
C-2 Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi 110 016
Ph: +91-11-3097 3752
Ms Michiko Enomoto joins APCTT from ECE where she worked in the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, served as the Secretary of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships and led the work on science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. Prior to that, she worked at UNCTAD in various areas, including in the Division for Services Infrastructure for Development and Trade Efficiency and the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development.

Mr Shyam Khadka
Representative in India
FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations)
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-4653 2333

Mr Khadka, a national of Nepal, holds a Bachelor in Commerce, a Bachelor in Law and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Commerce from the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness Management from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Philippines.

He started his career in 1977 in the Agricultural Development Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal and held several positions such as Chief of the Loan Policy and Procedure Section from 1977 to 1985; Chief of the Computer and Data Processing Section from 1985 to 1988; Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEOfrom 1988 to 1990; Chief of the Projects Development Section from 1990 to 1992; and Chief of the Corporate Planning Division, concurrently with the Monitoring and Evaluation Division from 1992 to 1993.

Ms. Rasha Omar
Country Representative
2 Poorvi Marg
Vasant Vihar
New Delhi 110057
Tel: +91 11 26150000
Fax: +91 11 26150019 / 46554055
Ms Omar is an agricultural economist and has been working in the field of agricultural and rural development since 1992. Ms Omar has extensive experience of working in the areas of food security, natural resources management in pastoral and agro-pastoral production systems; community development; capacity building of farmers’ organisations and gender mainstreaming.

Since joining IFAD in October 2001, she has participated in the management of country programmes focusing on natural resources management, community development and rural finance as means to alleviate rural poverty and foster social equity. Ms Omar has previously served at various country stations including Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rome, Tunisia and Lebanon.

Ms Panudda Boonpala
DWT for South Asia and ILO Country Office for India
ILO (International Labour Organization)
Core 4B 3rd Floor
India Habitat Centre`, Lodi Road
New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-2460 2101-4

Panudda Boonpala joined the ILO New Delhi in July 2011. Prior to that, she was the ILO Country Director in Bangladesh (2008-2010). Ms Boonpala has been with the ILO since 1995, serving the ILO in Geneva, Bangkok, Dhaka and New Delhi.


Mr Mengistu Alemayehu
South Asia Department
IFC (International Finance Corporation)
Maruti Suzuki Building
3 & 4th Floor Plot No.1
Nelson Mandela Marg
New Delhi 110070
Ph: +91-11-4111 1000
Mengistu Alemayehu is the Regional Director for IFC, South Asia. An Ethiopian national, he joined IFC in 1994. He has spearheaded IFC’s financial services activities across the globe as well as built highly effective teams and provided valuable strategic and corporate support for a number of IFC-wide initiatives across financial inclusion. Before he took charge as the regional director for IFC in South Asia, his last appointment was Senior Manager in the Financial Institution Group (FIG) heading key products and channels such as microfinance, small and medium enterprises, gender finance, digital finance, banking, and housing.

In particular, one of Alemayehu’s main achievements has been his key role in the development and execution of India’s microfinance strategy that moved IFC from an insignificant player a few years ago to a key player today whereby 40 percent of India’s microenterprises (about 30 million of India’s poor, largely women, largely rural) are clients of IFC investee microfinance institutions.


Mr Andreas W. Bauer
Senior Resident Representative
IMF (International Monetary Fund)
International Monetary Fund
Room 1001, 10th floor
Taj Mahal Hotel
1, Mansingh Road
New Delhi 110 011
Ph: +91-11-4667 8201/02
Mr. Andreas Bauer is IMF’s Senior Resident Representative for India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Prior to this assignment he was an assistant director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, where he headed a unit in charge of institutional strategy and international monetary issues. During his 15+ year career at the IMF he has worked in different capacities on a range of countries in Latin America and the Middle East, including Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, Lebanon, and Egypt.


Mr Sarat Dash
Special Envoy to India
International Organization for Migration
F-5, First Floor, Kailash Colony
Greater Kailash – I
New Delhi – 110 048
Ph: +91-11-40532401 -03
Mr Sarat Dash is IOM Director General’s special envoy to India and Bhutan. He is also the Chief of Mission for IOM Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, he has been supporting the government efforts to mainstream migration and development into the country’s Seventh Five Year Development Plan and implements the country’s National Strategy on Myanmar Refugees and Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (Rohingya). He has promoted global consultations for the inclusion of migration into the Agenda 2030.

Between July 2008 and January 2012, he served as the IOM’s Chief of Mission in Nepal. During the period IOM facilitated the resettlement of over 60,000 Bhutanese refugees to eight countries. He has also served as Chief of Mission in Azerbaijan and as a programme manager in Iran. Under his leadership, IOM introduced the concept of integrated border management and implemented an economic development project for community stabilisation through rehabilitation of traditional water systems by promoting water user groups. In recognition of the project, the Parliament of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic formally recognised IOM’s contribution to the economic development of the region.

Mr Dash is an Indian national with a Bachelors of Arts (Honors) in Economics from Berhampur University. He also holds a diploma in rural development and a certificate in management of development programmes.


Dr Bilali Camara
Country Coordinator
UNAIDS (United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS)
11 Olof Palme Marg
Vasant Vihar
New Delhi 110057
Ph: +91-11-4135 4545
Dr Camara has been recently appointed the UNAIDS country director for India. Before his appointment in India, he was the country director for Nigeria for the last four years. A Dutch national, Dr Camara is a medical epidemiologist with a Master’s degree in Public Health, a University degree in Health in Developing Countries, and Certificates in HIV/AIDS/STIs Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology, Tropical Epidemiology and Medical Virology Laboratories from respected universities across the globe.

A multilinguist, Dr Camara joined UNAIDS in 2008 as the Senior Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser for the Caribbean in the Regional Support Team-Caribbean. His stint with UN started in 1984 as a consultant to Ministry of Health, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and Care-Mali in native Mali focusing on the areas of malnutrition and starvation. During the same period, he also conducted an assessment of sexual and reproductive health services in Mali under a World Bank funded project.

With more than 30 years of international and national experience in health policy, epidemiology, clinical sciences, medical virology laboratories, advocacy and rights to health, Dr Camara has been conferred with numerous prestigious awards and distinctions. He was a member of the United Nations’ MDGs working group representing the Caribbean region.

Prof. Anantha Duraiappah
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development
35 Ferozshah Road,
ICSSR Building, First Floor,
New Delhi 110001
Ph: +91-11-23072356-60

Dr Anantha Kumar Duraiappah is currently the Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)/UNESCO. He is an experienced environmental-development economist with more than two decades of experience at the international level.

Mr Jaco Cilliers
Country Director
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi-110003
Ph: +91-11-46532333

Jaco Cilliers is the Country Director of UNDP in India. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Uzbekistan, where he was responsible for the management and coordination of Programme and Operations. He also worked with UNDP Cyprus as Senior Programme Manager and Head of Office.

Before joining the United Nations, Mr Cilliers worked as Deputy Regional Director for Southern and Central Africa for an international NGO and in senior advisory and management positions for development organisations in various parts of the world. He has significant experience of working in development and conflict areas.


Dr Nagesh Kumar
Economic Affairs Officer
ESCAP Sub-Regional Office for South and South-West Asia Office (ESCAP-SSWA)
C-2 Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi 110016
Ph: +91-11-3097 3701
Dr Nagesh Kumar is Director and Head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)’s South and South-West Asia Office, based in New Delhi. He earlier served as Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (MPDD) at the ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. He has also served as ESCAP’s Chief Economist during 2009-2013 and as Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP during September 2010- June 2011.

From 2002 to May 2009, Dr Kumar served as Director-General of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based public-funded policy think-tank devoted to international economic and development issues. During 1993-1998, Dr Kumar served the faculty of the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (UNU/INTECH, now UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, the Netherlands and directed its research programme on Globalisation, FDI and technology transfers. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, among others.

Mr Shigeru Aoyagi
Director and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
1 San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110029
Ph: +91-11-2671 3000

Shigeru Aoyagi was appointed as Director of the UNESCO Office in New Delhi in January 2012. Prior to that, he served as Director of the UNESCO Office in Kabul and as UNESCO Representative to Afghanistan from 2006 – 2011. Shigeru joined UNESCO in July 2002, as Chief of the Literacy and Non-Formal Education (NFE) section within the Education Sector at Headquarters in Paris.

Mr Diego Palacios
UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi- 110003
Ph: +91-11-4653 2333

Mr Diego Palacios was appointed as UNFPA Representative to India and Country Director in Bhutan in February 2022. Prior to that, Mr Palacios served as Executive Coordinator for the Post 2022 Development Agenda advising the UNFPA Executive Director from 2012-2014. Mr Palacios joined UNFPA in 1989 and during his career has served as UNFPA Representative for Mexico and Director for Cuba and the Dominican Republic from 2009-2012; UNFPA Representative for Colombia and Director for Venezuela from 2006-2009.


Mr Hitesh Vaidya
Country Manager – India
UN-Habitat, India
c/o. UN Resident Coordinator’s Office
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110 003
Mob: (+91) 9810712377
Hitesh Vaidya has over 20 years of experience in the field of urban management, urban governance and capacity building. He has been involved in providing technical assistance and capacity building support to several urban local bodies to initiate significant urban reforms.

He brings on board strong demonstrative experience of improving institutional capacities including developing client strategies to help deliver the program results. He was recently involved with the Ministry of Urban Development with World Bank supported Capacity Building for Urban Development project. As a Team Leader, he led an eleven-person multidisciplinary team to provide technical as well as strategic assistance to deliver program components.


Ms Yasuko Shimizu
Chief of Mission
UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees)
B2/16 Vasant Vihar
New Delhi 110057
Ph: +91-11-4353 0444/4353 0422
Ms Yasuko Shimizu is the Chief of Mission for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in India and the Maldives. She took up her post in June 2022.

Ms Shimizu has been serving with UNHCR for more than 20 years. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission, UNHCR India since July 2022 and Deputy Representative, UNHCR Yemen between 2013-2015.


Derk Segaar
Director, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan
55, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-46532242
In January 2022, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Derk Segaar as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi, covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Mr. Segaar has worked for more than 10 years for the United Nations, especially in humanitarian affairs and peacekeeping, both at Headquarters in New York and in numerous field operations in Africa – including Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Somalia – as well as in West-Africa during the Ebola crisis.From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Segaar was the Global Head of Communications of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York, where he directly managed its global media and communications activities.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Segaar worked as communications specialist in the private sector and for various advocacy organizations and think tanks in the Netherlands, and at New York and Columbia Universities.

Mr. Segaar holds master’s degrees in urban development from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and in international affairs from Columbia University (United States). He was awarded a Fulbright and a Columbia University scholarship.

Dr Yasmin Ali Haque
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
73 Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-2469 0401

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque has recently joined as the UNICEF Representative in India. Prior to joining in July 2022, she was Deputy Director of UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Operations where she played a lead role in the programming and policies for an effective UNICEF response for children in humanitarian crisis. Dr. Haque served as the first UNICEF Representative in South Sudan 2010 to 2013, and from 2007 to mid 2010 she led the UNICEF Ghana office. As Deputy Representative in Sri Lanka 2004-2007, she was responsible for guiding and coordinating the UNICEF programme of support as well as the emergency response to the 2004 Asian tsunami.

Dr. Haque first joined UNICEF in Bangladesh in 1996 as Project Officer for Health and Nutrition. During this tenure, Yasmin contributed significantly to national policy analysis and strategic planning for maternal health and maternal mortality reduction in context of the human rights based approach.

A national of Bangladesh, Dr. Haque holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh (1985), and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Systems Management from London University (2002).


Mr Rene Van Berkel
Representative & Regional Director for South Asia
UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-4653 2333 ext.314
René Van Berkel is Unit Chief, Industrial Resource Efficiency with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) based in Vienna, Austria. He is responsible for UNIDO’s contribution to the Global Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production program, operational in some 50 emerging and developing countries. Prior to joining UNIDO in 2008, René Van Berkel held various academic positions in Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands.

He has over 20 years’ experience as consultant, trainer and researcher on cleaner production, eco-efficiency, industrial symbiosis and corporate sustainability. He is an environmental scientist by education and holds a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Major General Per Gustaf Lodin
Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission
E-9/6, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi 110057
Ph: +91-11-26144055
With a distinguished military career in the Swedish Army beginning in 1978, Major General Lodin most recently held the position of Director of Procurement and Logistics for the Swedish Armed Forces. Previous to this he was the Deputy Director of the National Armaments for Sweden (2012-2014). He also served as Director of Strategic Planning and Development (2008), Head of Strategies, Research and Development and Business Development (2007) and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Swedish Armed Forces (2005-2006).

Major General Lodin is a member of the Swedish Academy of Military Science. He holds a diploma from the Graduate Institute of International Studies based in Geneva and attended the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders course in 2022. Born in 1956, he is married and has two children.

Mr Sergey Kapinos
Regional Representative
UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime)
EP 16/17 Chandragupta Marg
New Delhi 110021
Ph: +91-11-4222 5000

Mr Sergey Kapinos, a Indian career diplomat, assumed the post of the Representative- UNODC Regional Office for South Asia in November 2022. The Office covers six South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. As the Regional Representative, Mr Kapinos focus is to increase awareness about the risks and impact of organised crime and corruption on the rule-of-law and security of the people in the region and to advocate for the comprehensive implementation of the UN Conventions to counteract these threats.

Prior to his appointment at UNODC; Mr Kapinos was Ambassador, Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Ms Rebecca Reichmann Tavares
C-83, Defence Colony
New Delhi – 110024
Ph: +91-11-40452300

Rebecca Reichmann Tavares is the Representative of UN Women’s Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Previously Dr Reichmann Tavares was Representative for Brazil and Regional Programme Director of UN Women’s Brazil & Southern Cone Office (2009-2013).

A native of Southern California, Dr Reichmann Tavares graduated from Yale University and holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has published several books, monographs and articles on race relations in Brazil, women’s rights, and microfinance in Latin America.


United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Mr. Arun Sahdeo, Programme OfficerUNDP
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Tel: +91 11 46532349
Fax: + 91 11 24627612
Mr. Arun Sahdeo began his career as a Civil Servant in the year 1993 and served the Government of India at different levels. Arun has over two decades of multifarious experience in public administration, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian affairs, training & capacity development and programme management. Prior to this appointment, Arun served as National Programme Coordinator(DRR) in the UNDP New Delhi (2013-2017).

Before joining UNDP, Arun was a Senior Faculty in the National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi (2006-2013). Previously, Arun worked in the Ministry of Home Affairs as Disaster Management Specialist (2003-2006). Arun holds a Master of Business Administration from Indian Institute of Business Management Patna, Bihar.

Mr Ahmad Jafar
UN Security Adviser, India and Bhutan
55 Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Ph: +91-11-4653 2333

Ahmad Jafar was appointed as UN Security Adviser / India and Bhutan in June 2022, responsible for all aspects of security management at the duty station and the principal adviser to the DO/SMT on security. Before joining India Mr Jafar was responsible for Sudan, Lesotho, Fiji Multi-Country Office, and Yemen / Oman.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Mr. Vijay Samnotra, Head of Country Office
55, Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110003
Tel: + 91 11 465 32333

Mr. Vijay Samnotra was appointed the Head of UNEP’s Country Office in India in May 2022. Mr. Vijay has more than two decades of experience of working in UNEP on issues as diverse as communications, international environmental governance (with special reference to strengthening interlinkages and synergies between multilateral environmental conventions), implementing Bali Strategy on Capacity Building and Technology Transfer and Strategic Planning and Programming.Before joining UNEP, Mr. Vijay worked as a lecturer in the University of Delhi, as an Executive in the private sector and with the Government as a civil servant.

Dr Hameed Nuru
WFP Representative & Country Director
WFP (World Food Programme)
2 Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi – 110 057
Ph: +91-11-46554000

Dr Hameed Nuru assumed duties as WFP Representative in July 2022. Prior to that, he was Senior Director Policy and External Affairs, Global Alliance Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) in Botswana where he was responsible for strategy, policy, advocacy, partnerships, communications and global access. Earlier he was Senior Policy Officer Livestock and Fisheries, African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) responsible for policy formulation and strategy, follow up on implementation at the Regional Economic community level in African countries, partnerships and acting head of the newly established Trade and Marketing unit.

Dr Henk Bekedam
WHO India Representative
WHO India Office
533-35 “A” Wing Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi
Ph: +91-11-66564800

Henk Bekedam is the WHO Representative to India; he took up his role on 27 November 2022. He is a Dutch national and a medical doctor by training. He acquired his MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1996.

Prior to his arrival in India, Dr Bekedam was the WHO Representative to Egypt where he took up his position in 2013. He and the team focused WHO’s support on scaling-up treatment and prevention of hepatitis C; strengthening the response to the largest outbreak of avian flu in humans and maintaining Egypt’s polio-free status. In addition, WHO facilitated a White Paper that outlines a clear path for Egypt to move towards Universal Health Coverage, including steps towards a comprehensive health insurance system for all Egyptians.


World Bank (WB)
Mr. Junaid Ahmad, Country Director

Mr. Junaid Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, is currently the World Bank Country Director for India. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief of Staff, Office of the President.

Prior to his work in the President’s Office, Mr. Ahmad was the Senior Director for the Water Global Practice, a position in which he brought a strong track record of management and leadership in the area of service delivery and international partnerships, combining intellectual and analytical rigor with strategic operational focus. Mr. Ahmad has also worked in the areas of urban finance and city management, service delivery in federal systems, and local government reform.

Mr. Ahmad joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 1991, working as an Economist in Africa and Eastern Europe before joining the Africa Infrastructure Unit. Mr. Ahmad spent 10 years in the field, first as the Deputy Resident Representative and Principal Economist in Johannesburg, and then as Regional Team Leader of the Water and Sanitation Program in New Delhi. In 2004, he was a team member of the World Development Report (WDR): Making Services Work for Poor People. From 2004-2008, he was the Sector Manager for Social Development in South Asia Region and subsequently for Urban, Water & Sanitation before taking on the latter responsibility for the Africa Region in 2010. He was also the Director for Sustainable Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region, a position he held from 2012-2014.

He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.