Appointment of Assistant Administrator and
Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 13 August 2013 the appointment of Haoliang Xu of China as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant
Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
He will replace Ajay Chhibber of India, who will return to his Government.
The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Chhibber for his dedication and
commitment to the Organization during his term with UNDP.
Mr. Xu has many years of distinguished service within UNDP, holding
various leadership positions, most recently as Deputy Regional Director of
the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
in New York since 2010. He served as United Nations Resident Coordinator
and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan where he led the
development of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework
2010-2015, strongly advocated the Millennium Development Goals as an
important national policy framework and forged effective new partnerships
in a fast-moving economy.
Mr. Xu also served as Country Director in UNDP Pakistan, Senior Deputy
Resident Representative in UNDP Timor-Leste and Deputy Resident
Representative in UNDP Iran. He held several positions with the UNDP
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Regional Bureau for Europe
and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York. Before joining the
United Nations, Mr. Xu was a computer-aided design engineer with Louis
Berger International, Inc., in New Jersey and an assistant lecturer at
Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Xu graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai, China with a degree
in bridge engineering. He has a Master of Science in management from the
Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He also holds a
masterís degree in international affairs in international policy analysis
and management from Columbia University in New York.
Mr. Xu will take up his new assignment as of 2 September 2013.