Usha Rao-Monari of India Appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP

On February 17, 2021 António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General appointed Ms. Usha Rao-Monari of India as Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

She succeeds Mourad Wahba of Egypt, who served as the acting associate administrator. He also serves as the UNDP Regional Director for Arab States.

The previous Associate Administrator of UNDP was Tegegnework Gettu.

About Usha Rao-Monari:

i.She is a senior adviser to  Blackstone’s Infrastructure Group.

ii.Earlier she served as a CEO of Global Water Development Partners, a Blackstone portfolio company.

iii.She also served as the Director of the Sustainable Business Advisory Group at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group.

iv.Currently, she serves on the Boards of a number organizations in the field of sustainable development

List of Women Hailing from India Appointed to head key UN agencies:

Preeti Sinha–  Executive Secretary of UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Gita Sabharwal– UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand

Soumya Swaminathan–  Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization(WHO); She is a former Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR)

Anita Bhatia–  Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Note:  Lakshmi Puri , a Veteran Indian diplomat and gender equality champion previously served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

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Jayati Ghosh (65 years), Indian development economist has been appointed by the United Nations to its 2nd term of High-level Advisory Board (HLAB-II) on Economic and Social Affairs.

About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarters– New York, USA

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