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UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Francine Pickup

Francine Pickup
Resident Representative a.i., UNDP in India

Ms. Francine Pickup is Resident Representative a.i. 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.


Nadia Rasheed
Deputy Country Director, UNDP in India

Ms. Nadia Rasheed is the UNDP Deputy Country Director 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.


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