Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative
Nicholas Rosellini (Italy) took up his assignment as the UN Resident Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative in the People’s Republic of China in October 2016. Prior to this, he served as UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since January 2009, and most recently also as Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub. Nicholas has also served as UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Bhutan (2005-2008); and previously in various capacities in UNDP including: Director, Office of the Assistant Administrator (2000-2005); Deputy Resident Representative, Viet Nam (1996-2000); Assistant Resident Representative, Pakistan (1992-1996); Programme Advisor, Ethiopia (1989-1992); and Programme Officer, Ghana (1986-1989). Nicholas holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bristol University in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Agi Veres, Country Director UNDP China
Ms. Agi Veres is the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China since August 2015. She is leading UNDP’s domestic development programme in China, as well as UNDP’s engagement with China on South-South Cooperation. She is responsible for UNDP’s overall operation in China and its strategic partnerships. Ms. Veres has been working for UNDP since 2002 in various capacities at Headquarters (HQ), regional and country levels. Prior to her appointment as Country Director in UNDP China, she was the Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Lesotho from October 2011. Prior to that she worked at the Bratislava Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS as deputy of the centre (2009-2011), and deputy chief for policy and programme (2006-2008). She started her UNDP career at UNDP Headquarters in New York, including as Corporate Reporting Coordinator and Business Analysis Team Lead (2005-2006), and ICT Communications Officer (2002-2005). Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Veres worked in the private sector as a management consultant for Accenture, as an Organizational Change Management expert in Hungary and New York (1997 to 2002). Her specialization focused organizational effectiveness, change management and business process reengineering. Ms. Veres is a native of Hungary and has a degree of Master of Sciences in Business Administration from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.
Mr. Devanand Ramiah, Deputy Country Director UNDP China
Dev is a development practitioner with the United Nations Development Programme with 15+ years of experience. Before joining UNDP China, Devanand was the Team Leader for the Southeast Asia and Pacific Cluster for the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific (RBAP) of UNDP based in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to moving to Thailand, Devanand was the Asia and Pacific Team Leader for the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) based in New York, USA. He also served as the Conflict Prevention and Recovery Advisor for Asia Pacific in BCPR. Preceding his move to BCPR, Devanand served as the Peace and Development Specialist for UNDP Sri Lanka. His UN field experience includes serving in the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNMET) and United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK). Devanand also served as the Officer in Charge. for UNDP Maldives for 6 months. Prior to joining the UN, Devanand was attached to the Center for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka. He also consulted for several think tanks including National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and USAID. Devanand is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Virginia, USA. Devanand has extensive training and teaching experience. He was an Adjunct Professor on Peace and Development at the Centre for Global Affairs, New York University and taught a course on Applied Peace Building at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York.