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Resident Representative, UNDP India
Ms. Shoko Noda (Japan) is UNDP Resident Representative in India. Previously, she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Maldives. Ms Noda was pivotal in taking forward the development agenda of the Maldives in a politically fluid and charged context. Effectively engaging key national political interlocutors, she has coordinated analysis, engagement and diplomatic action, in addition to strong resource mobilisation at a crucial transitional post-elections phase. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and climate action.
Before that, Ms Noda was UNDP’s Country Director in Nepal from 2011 to 2014. She was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Mongolia from 2006 to 2011 and Recovery Coordination Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan from late 2005 to 2006. From May to October 2005 Shoko served with the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Chef de Cabinet to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General. She worked in the HQ as Programme Specialist to the Administrator from 2002 to 2005. She was Assistant Resident Representative in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2001-2002) and joined UNDP as a JPO where she served in Kosovo (2000-2001) and Tajikistan (1998-2000). Ms Noda’s working career began in 1995 when she was Researcher in the Behavioural Sciences Department with Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. in Tokyo.
Ms Noda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Keio University, Japan.
Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India
Ms. Nadia Rasheed is the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in India. She assumed her duties in November 2018.
Prior to this she was Team Leader for the UNDP Regional Health and Development Team for Asia and the Pacific from 2014 to 2018, and was UNDP Deputy Country Director ad interim in Sri Lanka from June to August 2018. From 2009 to 2014 she was the global Practice Manager for the HIV, Health and Development Practice in UNDP Headquarters in New York.
She has worked with UNDP on a range of health, gender and development issues, representing the organization in partnerships with UN organizations, managing UNDP and interagency programmes and providing advisory support to UNDP Country Offices and national partners. From 2005 to 2009 she was Policy Specialist on HIV in the Bureau for Policy development, and the UNDP focal point for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She also previously worked with the UNDP Human Development Report Office, and with UNDP and other organizations on capacity development and gender equality.
Ms. Rasheed received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and her master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.