UNDP is the UN development agency. In Myanmar, its team works across the country, with main offices in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw
and field offices in Kachin, Mandalay, Rakhine, Mon and Shan. UNDP Resident Representative, Country Director and Deputy Country Director represent the senior leadership of UNDP in the country. For leadership at the global level please read here.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, ai
Mr, Knut Ostby of Norway has been appointed as ad interim United Nations Coordinator in Mynamar. He took up this role on November 1, 2017 and serves also on ad interim basis as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme.
Mr Ostby has extensive experience in development, human rights and humanitarian affairs from 17 countries and has served as UN Resident Coordinator for more than 11 years including in Timor Leste since 2013. Prior to that he was UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji and 9 oher Pacific countries, and before that in Iran.
During his career with the UN, Mr Osty has held leadership positions in Afghanistan, Malaysia, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and at headquarters in Copenhagen and New York.
Mr Ostby holds a Master of Science degree from the Norweigien Institute of Technology in Trodheim, and has conducted studies in development theory with the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married and has three children.
UNDP Country Director for Myanmar
Peter Batchelor (South Africa) is the UNDP Country Director for Myanmar. He has more than 20 years of experience in international development, and has worked in UN Headquarters (New York and Geneva) and in the field in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
Prior to his appointment as Country Director in Myanmar, Peter Batchelor served as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Sri Lanka. He also worked in various leadership capacities in UNDP and other organizations. His experience includes: (1) Regional Manager at the UNDP Pacific Center in Suva, Fiji Islands, (2) Country Director for UNDP Iraq in Baghdad (3) Chief Conflict Prevention and Recovery Team at UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP/BCPR) in Geneva (Switzerland) and New York, USA (4) Project Director, Small Arms Survey at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, and (5) Project Coordinator at the Center for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Peter was an advisor to the Mandela Government in South Africa between 1995 and 1999 on security and economic issues.
Peter holds a PhD and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK and a BA/BA (Hons) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is married with one son.