United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee has been appointed to the same position in China by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Chatterjee has more than 25 years of experience in international cooperation, sustainable development, humanitarian coordination and peace and security, which he has acquired at the United Nations and externally.
He joined the UN in January 1997 after serving as a career officer in a Special Forces unit of the Indian Army.
He has served as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Kenya, Regional Director for the Middle East and Europe for the United Nations Office for Project Services in Denmark and Chief of Staff in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.
He also held leadership positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Indonesia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan and in United Nations peacekeeping operations with the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Chatterjee has also worked in the Red Cross Movement as the Chief Diplomat and Head of Resource Mobilization in Switzerland
A TEDx speaker, he is a regular opinion contributor on humanitarian and development issues for a range of local, regional and international media outlets and journals.
He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University in the USA and a bachelor’s degree from the National Defence Academy in India.
Rashid Abdi, a Horn of Africa analyst, said Northern Kenya is grateful “for his energetic commitment to inclusive development, cantering the periphery”.
UNDP Resident Representative Walid Badawi said they will miss Chatterjee’s drive, energy and determination.
UN in Kenya tweeted, “@sidchat1 has steered the Kenya country team to work closely with National and County Government, private sector and civil society organisations to ensure that we improve the lives of people of Kenya. He has left a great legacy to #LeaveNoOneBehind”.