United Nations, April 7: Usha Rao-Monari of India officially assumed her role Tuesday as undersecretary-general and associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), following her appointment by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last February.
"I warmly welcome Ms. Rao-Monari to UNDP," said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. "I am very pleased that we will have the opportunity to benefit from the breadth and depth of her professional experience to date at this significant point in time."
According to a press note issued by UNDP, Rao-Monari comes with 30 years of investment experience and has held several senior positions, notably as Director of the Sustainable Business Advisory Group at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. She has until recently served on the boards of a number of organizations in the field of sustainable development and has held a number of board and advisory positions in the areas of water, natural capital, biodiversity and environment.
Rao-Monari succeeds Mourad Wahba who acted as associate administrator since May 2019 - the culmination of over 30 years at the United Nations.
Steiner, in bidding farewell to Wahba, expressed his deepest gratitude for his critical support to the organization and his profound appreciation for Wahba's dedication and unreserved commitment to the United Nations and to UNDP.