Chatterjee Presents Credentials to Kenya Foreign OfficeOct 10, 2016
Nairobi, 10 October 2016: Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee ‘Sid’, officially presented his credentials to Foreign Affairs and Trade CS, Ambassador Amina Mohamed following his recent appointment as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Kenya.
Sid was appointed UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya with effect from 26 August 2016.
Until this appointment, Sid has been serving as the UNFPA Representative for Kenya, where together with the UNFPA team spearheaded efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal deaths in Kenya putting the spotlight on the challenges faced by adolescent girls, including child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual and gender based violence.
Before he joined UNFPA in 2014, Sid served as the Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since 2011. Previously he has served in the UN since January 1997. Most of his career has been spent working in fragile states and complex emergencies. From 2009 to 2010, he was Regional Director for the Middle East, Europe and Central Asian Republics at the United Nations Office of Project Services. He was Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretory General for the UN Mission in Iraq. He has also served in leadership positions in UNICEF offices in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and with the UN Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan.
His early career was in a Special Forces Unit of the Indian Army, where he was decorated in 1995 for bravery by the President of India.
A TED x speaker, Sid writes extensively on humanitarian and development issues in a variety of journals such as CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Reuters, the Global Observatory and mainstream Kenyan and Indian journals. He has been profiled by Forbes magazine in an article titled, "Passionate Leader of UNFPA Kenya Battles Violence against Women, FGM and Child Marriage."
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Bachelor of Sciences from the National Defense Academy in India.
Sid is married and they have a son.