Mr. Gerald Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan and also the RR for UNDP (having arrived in March 2017). Prior to his appointment as RC for Bhutan, Gerald served as Policy Adviser and Team Leader of Programme, Joint Funding and Business Operations in the UN Development Group (2011- 2017). His focus areas included ensuring cross-UN ownership and development of Delivering as One at both strategic and operational levels along with funding/implementation of integrated policy work. On behalf of the UNDG, Gerald supported substantive technical inputs provided to formulate a key General Assembly/ECOSOC resolution and its yearly review which determines the strategic-operational direction of UN agencies and entities that have field operations. Gerald has over 25 years of professional experience on Development, Food Security and Emergency Preparedness with the World Food Programme (WFP). From the year 2003 to 2007, Gerald served as the WFP Resident Representative in Bhutan after which he also served as the WFP Head of Programme in the Regional Bureau for Asia from 2007 to 2011) with specific focus on the crisis countries between Afghanistan, DPRK and Timor Leste. He worked as the Deputy Country Director a.i. and Programme adviser in India between 1998 and 2002 and as a Programme Officer in Malawi (1993-1998) prior to which he served with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malawi from 1989 to 1991. He volunteered with an Irish NGO (GOAL) in Sudan in 1988. Gerald holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College (Dublin). Gerald’s spouse is Celine Costello Daly and together have a son (Liam) and a daughter (Katie).
Mr. Rudolf Schwenk is the Representative of UNICEF Bhutan Country Office. Mr. Schwenk has been part of the UN system since 1995 and has worked in different positions in Jordan, Niger, India and Denmark. Prior to his arrival in Bhutan in August 2016, he was the Chief of Procurement Services for UNICEF in Supply Division Headquarters in Copenhagen. He holds a Masters Degree in Modern Middle East, Political Science and History from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. Mr. Schwenk is a German national and he is married with two children.
Niamh Collier-Smith took up the role of Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in June 2015. Today, she oversees UNDP’s annual US $8 million programme and operations in Bhutan in close collaboration with the Royal Government. Her current role builds on a 12-year career with UNDP, working on development policy, programming and strategic communications in areas from elections to climate change. From Rio+20 in 2012, Niamh was also closely engaged in the development of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Niamh joined UNDP from the World Bank, where she managed key UK and Ireland relations. Prior, she worked with the Irish human rights’ defenders’ organisation ‘Frontline’, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and with the Irish aid agency ‘Trocaire’. As a journalist, Niamh wrote for Associated Press in Australia and The Irish News in Northern Ireland; was involved in the inception of ‘Metro Eireann’, Ireland’s first newspaper for refugee and migrant communities; and worked in television production for Tyrone Productions in Dublin. She is married to a fellow Dublin City University graduate and they have four children.