Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific (RBAP): Director's Corner

Haoliang Xu, UNDPUnited 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 master’s 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.


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