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Siddharth Chatterjee

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In the past worked at the Red Cross , UNOPS, UNICEF, Non-Profit Organization Management

Hi, I am UNFPA's Representative to Kenya and I am a humanitarian and development professional.

Siddharth Chatterjee's Bio:

Siddharth Chatterjee, is the UNFPA's (United Nations Population Fund) Representative to Kenya. Before coming to Kenya he was the Chief Diplomat at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), since June 2011.

Most of his career has been spent serving in countries affected by conflicts and natural disasters. He has seen firsthand human tragedies and triumphs.

Before joining the IFRC, he had served with the United Nations in Peace Keeping, UNICEF and UNOPS since January 1997. He has lived and worked in the US, Denmark, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan(Darfur), Indonesia, South Sudan, Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has travelled to over 100 countries.

In South Sudan, he negotiated the release and demobilized 3551 child soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army. This demobilization of child soldiers was attempted during an ongoing conflict in 2001.

He is a graduate in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs in Princeton University, USA.

Prior to joining the UN in January 1997, he had served in the Indian Army in a Special Forces unit. He was decorated for gallantry during active service.

He tries to keep the spotlight on things that adversely effect humanity through his editorials and opinion pieces. He writes on issues spanning polio eradication, food security, child soldiers, sexual and gender based violence, water and sanitation, public health and human development. His articles have featured in the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Forbes, Reuters, the Global Observatory and the Hindu.

He has been interviewed by UNICEF/VOA, NPR, VOA, Global Observatory and UNICEF. He has been a keynote speaker at a TED x event in Spain and at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.

A complete list of his OP/EDs and articles features on his blog.

A husband and a dad, he dotes on his son. Siddharth Chatterjee also enjoys running, parachuting, biking, SCUBA diving, poetry, current affairs and English literature.

Siddharth Chatterjee's Experience:

  • Chief Diplomat-Head of Strategic Partnerships & International Relations at IFRC

  • Fellow at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

  • Regional Director at UNOPS Regional Office, Europe and Middle East

  • Chief of Staff at United Nations Mission in Iraq

  • Deputy Representative at UNICEF, Somalia

  • Senior Emergency Coordinator at UNICEF, Sudan(Darfur)

  • Chief, Emergency Section at UNICEF, Indonesia

  • Chief of Field Office at UNICEF, South Sudan

  • Field Delegate and UN Coordinator, Suleimaniyah at UN Northern Iraq

  • Chief of Liaison at UN Office for the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq

  • Chief Security Adviser at UN Office for the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq

  • Deputy Chief of Security at UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzogovina

  • Major, Special Forces(Final Position) at Indian Army

  • Representative at UNFPA

Siddharth Chatterjee's Education:

  • Indian Military Academy

  • National Defence Academy

  • Princeton University

    Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs
  • Universiteit Maastricht

Siddharth Chatterjee's Interests & Activities:

Running, parachuting, biking, SCUBA diving, composing and reading poetry, reading and analyzing current affairs, anthropology and English literature.

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