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 and Deputy Resident Representative represent the senior leadership of UNDP in the country. For leadership at the global level please read here.
UNDP Resident Representative for Myanmar
Peter Batchelor (South Africa) is the UNDP Resident Representative 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 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.
Deputy Resident Representative for Myanmar
Dawn Del Rio is the Officer-in-Charge/Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Myanmar Country Office (2/2017-present).
Ms. Del Rio previously served as the Chief of Unit, Rule of Law and Human Security, in the UNDP Afghanistan Country Office (9/2014-2/2017). Prior to this she served as the Global Senior Portfolio Manager/Adviser, in UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in New York and Bangkok (5/2007-9/2014).
Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Del Rio worked with several International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) and inter-governmental organizations in Central Asia and Southern/Eastern Africa. Her professional career over the past 25 years has focused primarily on technical and advisory support to build effective democratic governance institutions including working in local government positions in the United States at the state, city and county administration levels, state legislature, serving public officials as Chief of Staff.
Ms. Del Rio, United States national, holds a Master Decree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Oregon in the United States.