Resident Coordinator, United Nations in Bhutan/ Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mr. Gerald Daly is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan and the RR for UNDP since 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 in 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 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 Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College in Dublin. Gerald is married to Celine Costello Daly and have a son (Liam) and a daughter (Katie).
Deputy Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mr. Juergen Nagler is an international development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience successfully delivering global, regional and field projects with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Global Compact, private sector and international NGOs. He joined the UN after a 10-year career with major international companies in the areas of marketing, business development and CSR. In the Secretary-General’s Global Compact, he supported private sector engagement and partnerships advancing corporate sustainability and UN goals. He has a Masters Degree with distinction in International Development Studies. He is passionate about transformative and holistic human development approaches, therefore, he also founded a grass-roots development NGO and co-founded the global UN Transformation Network.
Assistant Resident Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Yeshey Dorji is the Assistant Resident Representative of UNFPA Bhutan Country Office. Mr. Yeshey joined UNFPA in October 2004 and oversees UNFPA programme and operations in Bhutan in close collaboration with the Royal Government. Prior to his assignment with UNFPA, he served as a civil servant with National Statistical Bureau as Chief Statistical Officer. He holds a Masters Degree in Population Sciences from International Institute of Population Science, Mumbai, India and a Bachelor of Science from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Royal University of Bhutan. He is married with three children.
Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
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.
National Coordinator, (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Major part of his career was with the National STI & HIV/AIDS program, Ministry of Health. Managed the Global Fund Project for HIV. Also served as the board member of the Network of Positive People Living with HIV – “Lhaksam” 2013-2015. Other work experiences include Reproductive Health Program, Adolescent Health Program and Emergency Service Medical Division. He worked as a Junior Public Health Professional in the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi for a year (2016). Sonam has a Bachelor of Science from Sherubtse College and Masters degree in Public Health from University of Western Australia.
National Coordinator, United Nations Women (UN Women)
Mrs. Rinzi Pem is the National Coordinator of the UN WOMEN Country Office in Bhutan since its establishment in 2014. Prior to joining UN WOMEN Ms. Pem has been working for UNDP as the Gender Analyst since 2007. She has been part of the UN system in Bhutan since 2002 working for UNFPA and UNV. She holds a Masters Degree in Gender and Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Ms. Pem is a Bhutanese national and she is married with two children.
Head Of Office, World Food Programme (WFP)
Mr. Svante Helms is the Head of Office of WFP Bhutan Country Office. He has been a part of the UN system since 2005 and has worked in different positions in Tanzania, Johannesburg, Nepal, Egypt and China. Prior to his arrival in Bhutan in August 2018, he was the Programme Policy Officer for WFP, Safety-Nets & Social Protection Unit in HQ. He holds Masters Degree in Geography and Communication Studies with focus Development Studies, Regional Development, Business Policy, Communication Theory and Journalism, Discourse Theory, Organizational Innovation and Political Science from the University of Roskilde in Denmark.