Robert D. Watkins
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh
Robert D. Watkins has been the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh since February 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience in development and post-conflict recovery programme areas.
Mr. Watkins has previously served as Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, and also UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there from February 2011. He also served as the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan 2009-2011, and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Republic of Georgia 2006-2009.
Before the UN, Mr. Watkins worked for the European Commission as head of the ECHO Regional Office for the Middle East based in Amman, Jordan, focusing on activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Watkins worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Iraq and Turkey, and covered the Middle East and North Africa Desk from the IFRC headquarters in Geneva.
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.