Resident Coordinator, United Nations in Bhutan
Mr. Gerald Daly is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan 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).
Assistant Resident Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Mr. Chadho Tenzin is the Assisstant Resident Representative of FAO. He is the first agricultural economist professional in the country at undergraduate level He graduated from the Washington State University (US) under FAO scholarship and went to the University of Bradford, under European Union scholarship, for graduate studies in resource economics. Mr. Chadho went to Pune, India for two-year Post-Graduate studies in rural development and planning.
Resident Representative United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Ms. Azusa Kubota was previously Country Manager and Head of UN Joint Presence Office in Solomon Islands for UNDP, UNICEF and UNWOMEN, and led the design and implementation of UN joint programmes in support of peace building, social cohesion and elections prior to and post withdrawal of Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI), as well as a number of climate change projects. Prior to joining the UNDP office in the Pacific, Ms. Kubota served as Deputy Resident Representative in UNDP Lao PDR where she oversaw programmes supporting legal reform, environmental protection, democratic governance, UXO and the Round Table processes. Prior to Lao PDR, as the Deputy Resident Representative in the Maldives, she supported climate adaptation and democratic governance projects.
Ms. Kubota was also with the UNDP Evaluation Office in New York, where she led country-level evaluations of UNDP’s contribution in Somalia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Ghana, Guyana, Tunisia and several others, as well as global thematic evaluations. Ms. Kubota started her career with UNDP in Malawi as the officer for the poverty reduction and economic affairs programme. She has also worked extensively in civil society organizations focusing on economic development as well as the International Law Institute in Washington DC.
National Programme Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Ms. Tandin Wangmo
Tandin Wangmo brings a diverse professional portfolio with her. Prior to joining UNODC, she was the Executive Director of RENEW. She consulted with Bhutan’s Institute of Management Studies on numerous social issues – including those related to gender, youth, program design and leadership training. In the political sector, she served as the Spokesperson and Director of Media & Knowledge Center for the People’s Democratic Party of Bhutan. She was the Deputy Executive Director of the Gross National Happiness Center (GNHC) from 2012-2013. She is a scholar and educator and began her career as a teacher with the Ministry of Education from 1997-2002. She holds a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle, Australia and a Bachelor’s in Education from Samtse College of Education, Bhutan.
Mr. Will Parks, Representative of UNICEF Bhutan Country Office.
For the last 26 years in over 40 countries, Will has led the design and management of programmes that have achieved strong results for children as well as built the capacities of communities, governments, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, media, and international agencies. He specializes in economic policy, communication, public health, and evaluation.
Before his appointment as UNICEF Representative in Bhutan, Will was UNICEF Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, successfully expanding UNICEF’s network of government and private sector partners to achieve important results for children and adolescents. Prior to Iran, he was UNICEF’s Chief of Field Operations in Iraq, contributing to the leadership of the agency’s response to one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises. Before Iraq, Will was the Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Nepal coordinating a US$28 million per annum programme that delivered outcomes for children and women in the most vulnerable parts of this post-conflict, disaster-prone country. Earlier in his career, Will successfully led a series of new economic policy, planning and evidence-based advocacy initiatives as the Chief of Policy, Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation in UNICEF Pacific’s multi-country office. He has worked extensively with the Australian Government, the Asian Development Bank, the UK Department for International Development, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF’s Regional Offices for East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, and East and Southern Africa.
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.
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.
Representative, World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr Rui Paulo de Jesus is the WHO Representative to Bhutan. Prior to his current appointment, Dr Rui worked at WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi, India, in various capacities as the Coordinator, Country Support and Coordination and Regional Adviser for Communicable Disease Department. He joined WCO Bhutan on 8 Feb 2017 as an acting WHO Representative.
Mr. Kiran Subedi is the National Project Coordinator with International Trade Centre responsible for implementation of EU-Bhutan Trade Support project in collaboration with Gross National Happiness Commission and in partnership with Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts, CSOs and private sector. He joined ITC in October 2018.
Prior to joining ITC, Kiran worked as a civil servant with the Royal Government of Bhutan. At Department of Agriculture, he was responsible for managing food security and climate change projects while also contributing to policy formulation and socio-economic analysis. He worked as District Agriculture Officer in Pema Gatshel leading agricultural development programs in the district from 2009 to 2013. He started his career in 2007 as an Agriculture Extension Officer in Trongsa. Kiran holds BSc Agriculture from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in India and MSc Agricultural Economics from University of Hohenheim, Germany.