UNDP Moldova Resident Representative

Nicola Harrington-Buhay is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova. She assumed her duties in August 2012. As UN Resident Coordinator and designated representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ms. Harrington-Buhay is the leader of the United Nations Country Team playing a central role in coordinating the UN operational activities for development. As UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Harrington-Buhay is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions, including UNDP policies and procedures.

Before being appointed to Moldova, Nicola Harrington-Buhay served as Deputy Director of the United Nations/UNDP Office in Brussels coordinating the UN and UNDP engagement on development policy issues with institutions of the European Union.

A national of the United Kingdom, Ms. Harrington-Buhay was United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia and Montenegro. Other UNDP positions include Director of fundraising where she contributed to deep-seated institutional reform and helped UNDP attain its highest levels of core resources; and managerial positions in Nicaragua, Malawi and Argentina. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Harrington-Buhay worked for the Bank of England, specialising in liberalisation of trade in financial services and solutions to Latin American debt.

Nicola Harrington-Buhay holds a Master of Public Administration from Warwick Business School and a Master of Science (Econ) in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. She has co-authored research on British preparations for European integration, public value and leadership in a post-crisis setting. She is member of international academic advisory boards on multilateralism and multi-polarity, and a World Fellow of Yale University.


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