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Siddharth Chatterjee


Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Kenya. He coordinates the work of 27 UN agencies, driven by a determination to deliver as one. Spanning humanitarian action to development work in Kenya, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework is fully aligned to the Government of Kenya's strategic priorities. A joint Govt of Kenya, UN & private sector SDG partnership platform has been established in Kenya to leapfrog primary health care for every Kenyan.

Before this role he was the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative to Kenya to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights. UNFPA put the spotlight on the adolescent girl & making every effort to end child marriage, FGM & address the scourge of violence against women and girls.

Before joining UNFPA, he was the Chief Diplomat & Head of Strategic Partnerships, International Relations & oversaw resource mobilization at the HQ of the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) the world's largest humanitarian & development network.

Prior to the IFRC, he had served with the UN in Peace Keeping, UNICEF and UNOPS in a range of leadership positions. Most of his career has been spent serving in conflict & disaster affected areas and developing countries. 

In South Sudan, he successfully negotiated the release of 3551 child soldiers from the rebel army of the SPLA and led the largest ever demobilization of child soldiers in 2001 during an ongoing conflict. He was a TEDx speaker on the topic of child soldiers in Bilbao, Spain.

He was recognized by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as a influencer on the eradication of polio.

He writes about humanitarian and social issues and has a blog in Reuters and the Huffington Post. All his articles and op-eds can be found on here.

He has Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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