Alumni Profile

Turhan Saleh, MPA 1989
Turhan Saleh
Chief, Country Support, UNDP-Regional Bureau for Africa
MPA, Class of 1989

Turhan has been working with the UN since 1989.  He joined UNICEF after graduating from WWS, working in Ghana to push for a shift in structural adjustment policies towards equity and inclusion.  Moving from Ghana to Eritrea, he advised the newly independent country on social, economic and governance policies and programmes whilst building-up the country’s knowledge on social development.  Turhan has been with UNDP since 1997, working closely with its leadership to launch the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), rollout Kofi Annan’s UN reforms at the country level and launch key change management processes.  He was Country Director in Nigeria from 2006-10 where he played a key role among development partners on electoral management, the amnesty in the Niger Delta, development planning and aid coordination. Upon his return to New York in 2010, Turhan was tasked with operational oversight of all of UNDP’s 46 Country Offices in Africa.  His current assignment is with the Office of the UNDP Administrator where he is a lead manager for the preparation of UNDP’s next Strategic Plan. Turhan has a Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) from Cornell University and a Masters degree in Public Affairs from WWS.  He has also pursued undergraduate studies at Oxford University (PPE, Christ Church).