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.
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