Mr. Batchelor is the first person in nearly 40 years to hold the position of UNDP Resident Representative in Myanmar without also simultaneously holding the position of UN Resident Coordinator. The delinking of the two roles - UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator - is a key part of the United Nations Development System reform process which was initiated in 2017 by the current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Mr. Knut Ostby remains the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for Myanmar.
Mr. Batchelor is a South African national and an economist by training with a PhD in economics from Cambridge University. He has more than 20 years of experience in international development and has worked in UNDP Headquarters (New York and Geneva) and in the field in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Previously he was UNDP Country Director in Myanmar and UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Sri Lanka.