UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh
Mia Seppo joined the United Nations Country Team in Bangladesh as the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in November 2017.
Prior to her appointment in Bangladesh, Ms. Seppo has served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Malawi from April 2013 to October 2017, where among other initiatives she coordinated the UN system and partner support to the tripartite elections held in May 2014, the devastating floods in 2015 and the humanitarian response to the food insecurity in 2016-2017.
Between 2010 and 2013, she served as the UNDP Country Director in Sierra Leone, leading the UN support to the tripartite elections held in 2012. Ms. Seppo contributed to the UN’s work on aid coordination and development effectiveness in both countries. In partnership with the Peace Building Mission, Ms. Seppo led UNDP’s work on conflict prevention in Sierra Leone and the establishment of a National Peace Architecture in Malawi. She further served in the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York from 2005 to 2010, covering a portfolio of crisis countries, in particular the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. Earlier, Ms. Seppo worked for a decade on the countries of the former Soviet Union focusing on Central Asia and the Caucasus, as part of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS in the UN HQs in New York. She was appointed as the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Tajikistan in 2002 to support the post-conflict recovery and reintegration programmes of UNDP at a decentralized level.
Ms. Seppo started her UN career in 1996 with a focus on governance and human rights issues. Prior to her joining the UN, Ms. Seppo worked for civil society and think tanks, including the Finnish Committee for European Security.
Mia Seppo is a Finnish national and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh
With over two decades of experience in international development, Sudipto joined UNDP Bangladesh as Country Director in December 2016. Previously, he worked as Country Director in UNDP Sierra Leone and Deputy Country Director in UNDP Iraq.
As an architect and urban planner, before joining United Nations, Sudipto worked for the Government of India and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh
Kyoko joined UNDP Bangladesh in December 2016 as Deputy Country Director (Programme and Operations). She started her UNDP career in Romania as Junior Professional Officer sponsored by the Government of Japan in 1998, working on poverty reduction and livelihood, gender and women’s economic empowerment. She then spent four years in UNDP headquarters, first as Knowledge Network Facilitator (Poverty Network and MDGNet), and as Special Assistant to the Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Kyoko also worked as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Uzbekistan in 2005– 2010, and in Lao PDR, 2012–2014. Prior to joining UNDP Bangladesh, Kyoko managed the Governance portfolio for the Australian Embassy (DFAT) in Myanmar, covering the elections, parliamentary support and rule of law.
Kyoko has MSc in Development Economics, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.