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Yuri Afanasiev
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India

Yuri Afanasiev is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India. He assumed his duties in July 2015.

Prior to his current position Mr. Afanasiev served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010-2015) and in Croatia (2005-2010). Before that he served in Headquarters in New York as Senior Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS covering 24 countries in the region including Central Asia. He has also served as Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the conflict (1997-2001) and Deputy Director at Inter Agency Procurement Services Office (IAPSO) in 1996-1997.

Mr. Afanasiev acted as Policy Officer at the Bureau for Finance and Administration (BFA) at UNDP headquarters in New York and Portfolio Management Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services in Latin America, serving in Equador, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in 1992-1996. He started his development career in Cuba, where he served from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Afanasiev joined the UN from private business. As a standing member of the crisis response team, Mr. Afanasiev was fielded as UNDP Coordinator for the Response to the Asian Tsunami in 2004-5, Somalia in 2012 and as the Typhoon Yolanda Response Coordinator in the Philippines in 2013. In 2014 he coordinated the UN response to the Balkan floods. He has spent over 14 years in various disaster and conflict duty stations. Mr. Afanasiev holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is married with three grown children.

Op-eds by Yuri Afanasiev

  • India 2030
    [Date: 22 December 2016; Source: BusinessWorld]

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Francine Pickup
Country Director, UNDP in India

Ms. Francine Pickup is Country Director of UNDP in India. She assumed her duties in July 2018.

Prior to this, Ms. Pickup served as Deputy Country Director of UNDP Indonesia from 2016-2018, where she successfully established new innovative financing initiatives with the private sector. Before that, she worked as the Strategic Planning Advisor at UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, based in New York (2012-2016). Between 2008-2012, she was Advisor to the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary General for Iraq and headed a UN Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit in Iraq.

Ms. Pickup has worked with several development organisations, including Amnesty International, Oxfam, the World Bank and the United Nations. At the UN, she has worked with several humanitarian and development agencies, including ILO, FAO, OCHA, UNSCO and UNDP, at the UN headquarters in New York as well as in Central Asia, occupied Palestinian territory, Lebanon, Iraq and Indonesia.

Ms. Pickup received her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and her Masters and PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. She has publications on topics, including innovative financing, aid effectiveness, humanitarian aid policy, economies in transition, livelihoods, the informal economy and gender and development.


Marina Walter
Deputy Country Director, UNDP in India

Marina Walter is the Deputy Country Director of UNDP in India. Prior to joining UNDP India, Ms. Walter was the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Thailand from 2013 to 2015. This followed an assignment at UNDP Headquarters from 2007 to 2013 as the Coordinator of the UNDP Emergency Response (SURGE) Mechanism and co-author of UNDP’s Standard Operating Procedures for immediate crisis response.

Ahead of that, Ms. Walter spent two years with UNDP Afghanistan as a Project Manager from 2005 to 2007 working on the Civil Service Reform and Leadership Development of the Afghan Civil Service. She also worked as a Capacity Building Coordinator for crisis and recovery issues for UNDP’s former Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery from 2001 to 2005.

Before joining UNDP, Ms. Walter spent five years with the UN Training and Research Institute (UNITAR) from 1996 to 2001 developing and delivering capacity development initiatives for UN Member States in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to strengthen the public administration structures in developing and transition countries.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Walter worked for the German Foundation for International Development and the German Foreign Office Academy, and was also a freelance journalist in Berlin, Germany.

Ms. Walter holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Politics from Vanderbilt University in the United States and a Diploma/Master degree in International Politics, Economics and Law from the Otto-Suhr Institute of the Freie Univesitaet Berlin, Germany.

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