Alumni Profile

Siddharth Chatterjee
UNDP Resident Representative & United Nations Resident Coordinator
MPP, Class of 2011
Siddharth Chatterjee “Sid” has been appointed as the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) Resident Representative and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Kenya effective Aug. 26, 2016.
 
Until this appointment, Sid has been serving as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative for Kenya and from Jan. 2016, he also served as the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for Kenya. At UNFPA, Sid and his
team spearheaded efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal deaths in Kenya, putting the
spotlight on the challenges faced by adolescent girls, including child marriage, female genital
mutilation (FGM) and sexual and gender-based violence.
 
Before Sid joined UNFPA in 2014, he served as the Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships
and Resource Mobilization at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies since 2011. Previously, he has served in the UN since Jan. 1997. Most of his
career has been spent working in fragile states and complex emergencies. From 2009 to 2010, he was
Regional Director for the Middle East, Europe and Central Asian Republics at the United Nations
Office for Project Services. He was Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary General
for the UN Mission in Iraq. He has also served in leadership positions in UNICEF offices in Somalia,
South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and with the UN Peacekeeping Operations in Bosnia and
Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
His early career was in a Special Forces Unit of the Indian Army, where he was decorated in 1995 for
bravery by the President of India.
 
A TEDx speaker, Sid writes extensively on humanitarian and development issues in a variety of
journals such as CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Reuters, the Global
Observatory and mainstream Kenyan and Indian journals. He was recently profiled by Forbes
magazine in an article titled, “Passionate Leader of UNFPA Kenya Battles Violence against Women, FGM and
Child Marriage.”
 
He holds a master's degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs at Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the National Defense
Academy in India.
 
Sid is married and they have a son.
 
His personal website is: http://www.siddharth-chatterjee.org/