Announcement: The arrival of the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam – Mr. Kamal Malhotra

Jan 16, 2017

Mr. Kamal Malhotra, the new UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam from 11 January 2017. Photo: UN Viet Nam\2017\Truong Viet Hung

Ha Noi, 16 Jan 2017 – The United Nations in Viet Nam is delighted to announce that Mr. Kamal Malhotra assumed his new position as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on 11 January 2017.

Mr. Malhotra has been the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Turkey for the period from April 2013 to Dec 2016. Prior to this appointment (late October 2008-31 March 2013), he was the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia; UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam and UNFPA Representative for Malaysia.

From 1999-2008 he worked in UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy, New York as Senior Adviser on Inclusive Globalization (and Cluster Leader) (2002-2008), Civil Society Empowerment Adviser (2001-2002) and Senior Civil Society Adviser (1999-2000).

Before joining UNDP, Mr. Malhotra was Co-Founder and Co-Director of Focus on the Global South, (1995-1999) a global policy research organization located at the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute in Thailand. During this period, he was also a part-time Regional Adviser on Macroeconomic Policies and Children's Rights for Save the Children Fund (UK) for South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to this, Mr. Malhotra was Director of the Overseas and Aboriginal Programme at Community Aid Abroad (Oxfam Australia), based in Melbourne, Australia from 1988-1995. He also served with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction in the Philippines (1982-1988) in various positions as Research and Rural Credit Specialist, Associate Director, and Director, International Extension.

Mr. Malhotra holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, with a specialization in economic and political development, a Master's in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, India with a specialization in finance and economics, and a BA in economics (with honours), from the University of Delhi, India.

Mr. Malhotra is widely published with over 100 journals and other articles on the multilateral system and development cooperation. He is also the lead author or co-author of more than five books including the UNDP led Making Global Trade Work for People (Earthscan, 2003) and Globalization and the Least Developed Countries (UNDP, in cooperation with the UN-OHRLLS and the Government of Turkey, 2008). He also initiated and led Virtuous Cycles: The Singapore Public Service and National Development (UNDP, 2011) in cooperation with the Government of Singapore.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Trinh Anh Tuan, UN Communications Officer-in-Charge at:, tel: (84) 43 850-0193

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