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The UNDP Resident Representative is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately accountable for UNDP’s programme and operations, including for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions on the ground. 

Ms. Beate Trankmann, UNDP Resident Representative in China

Beate Trankmann took up her post as UNDP Resident Representative for China in October 2019.

Ms. Trankmann has had a diverse career with UNDP since the late 1990s, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently she served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Mongolia from August 2015 to September 2019. She also served as the UNDP Country Director in Indonesia (2010-2015); Deputy Resident Representative in charge of Programme in Sri Lanka (2005-2010); Assistant Resident Representative responsible for democratic governance in Cambodia (2002-2005); and programme officer in China (1999-2002) and Geneva (1998-99). Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Trankmann was a research fellow at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels, advising European Union institutions on EU-Asia relations.

Educated in France, China (Taiwan) and Germany, she holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in China studies, both University of Hamburg.

Mr. Devanand Ramiah, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in China

Devanand 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 Resident Representative ad interim in UNDP Maldives.

Prior to joining the UN, Devanand was attached to the Center for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka as a senior researcher. 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.

As of January 2019

Total Women Men
80+ 64% 36%
Staff Name Team Title
Weidong Zhang Sustainable Development Team Programme Director
Chaode Ma Sustainable Development Team Programme Director
Yi Liu Sustainable Development Team National Programme Coordinator
Yun Hong Sustainable Development Team Programme Director
Shijun Liu Sustainable Development Team Programme Director
Xin Gao Sustainable Development Team Youth Programme Officer
Qing Xu  Sustainable Development Team SDG Financing Specialist
Dong Wang Sustainable Development Team Programme Director
Yunyan Ge Operations Assistant Resident Representative/Operations Manager
Lu Fan Operations Head of HR
Rongfang Zhang Operations Head of Finance 
Qian Sun  Monitoring & Evaluation Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Sujuan Zhang Global Partnership Cluster Team Leader of China South South Facility
Yalin Wang Global Partnership Cluster Team Leader of Sustainable Business & Investment Team
Tina Stoum Global Partnership Cluster Deputy Head
Renfei Liu  Global Partnership Cluster Assistant Resident Representative/Senior Policy Advisor to the UNDP Resident Representative/Head of Global Partnership Cluster
Lufei Yang Global Partnership Cluster Team Leader of BRI for SD/The Senior Advisor for Development Finance and Investments
Balazs Horvath  Economist & Research Network RBAP Senior Economic and Strategic Advisor on Belt and Road Initiative
Rong Shi Economist & Research Network Economist
Violante Di Canossa Economist & Research Network Development Advisor
Wei Zhang Communications, Innovation & Partnerships Assistant Resident Representative/Head of Communications, Innovation, and Partnerships
Bing Wang    Government Relations Officer

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