Ashok Nigam, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Saudi Arabia Country Office
Mr. Ashok Nigam (Canada) took up his appointment as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in November 2014.
Before this appointment (2013-2014), Mr. Nigam was a Senior Advisor, Division of Policy and Strategy with UNICEF in New York. From November 2011-2013 he was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Myanmar and from January-October 2011, Deputy Director / Associate and Head of UN and Intergovernmental Affairs, Division of Governance UN and Multilateral Affairs, UNICEF HQ.
He was also Associate Director of the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office from 2006-2010. Mr. Nigam served in Afghanistan from 2005-2006 as Deputy to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction), and Director, Institutional Development and Governance for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
From 2000-2004, he was UNICEF’s Regional Planning and Policy Officer for South Asia, based in Nepal. During his earlier years with UNICEF (1992-2000), Mr. Nigam served as Policy Adviser, Division of Evaluation Policy & Planning, and New York, providing support to countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Nigam worked with the Government of Canada in the Office of the Auditor General and Economic Council of Canada, Coopers & Lybrand Management Consultants, London and Price Waterhouse, UK and was Lecturer at McGill University, Montreal.
Mr. Nigam holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from McGill University, Canada and M.A. and B.A. in Economics from the University Of Cambridge, England. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.