Director for Sustainable Development, United Nations Development Programme

Mr Nik Sekhran joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1998 and has recently been appointed Director for Sustainable Development in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. In this role, he oversees work on development planning, sustainable livelihoods and natural resources management including biodiversity.

Over the past 22 years, Mr Sekhran has dedicated his career to spearheading sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, working on the ground in over 40 countries across the world. His particular experience in development and biodiversity conservation has included the provision of policy advice and programme support to governments to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources, including fish stocks, forest resources and minerals, the management of protected areas including ICCAS, and measures to ensure that economic development is planned and managed to optimize conservation-compatible and inclusive growth prospects and to uplift the livelihoods of the poor. He also has a strong track record in the governance arena, working to improve transparency in decision making, accountability and institutional effectiveness in public administrations. Mr Sekhran holds degrees in Economics from the Universities of Bath and Cambridge in England. Prior to his present post, Mr Sekhran was Head of the USD 1.5 billion UNDP Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme.

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