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Yuri Afanasiev: Resident Representative

Mr. Yuri Afanasiev is UNDP’s Resident Representative in Sudan, having spent his 32-year development and crisis-response career addressing critical needs around the world. He began his assignment in Sudan on October 1st 2020.

Prior to his current position Mr. Afanasiev served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. Earlier, he served in UNDP’s New York Headquarters as Senior Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS covering 24 countries in the region including Central Asia. Mr. Afanasiev has led large-scale crisis response efforts as UNDP Coordinator for the Response to the Asian Tsunami in 2004-5, Somalia in 2012 and as the Typhoon Yolanda Response Coordinator in the Philippines in 2013 – and coordinated the UN response to the 2014 Balkan floods, and 2018 Kerala floods in India.

Mr. Afanasiev has also served as Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the conflict and Deputy Director at Inter Agency Procurement Services Office. Additionally, across a range of UN entities and development organisations, Mr. Afanasiev has undertaken roles in the United States, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Cuba, and holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

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Jos De la Haye: Deputy Resident Representative (Programme)

Jos De la Haye (PhD) is UNDP Sudan’s Deputy Resident Representative (Program).

Experienced in complex transitions, Jos leads the UNDP Program teams, working together to address Sudan’s multi-layered transition and the varying crises impacting the country.

Prior to Sudan, Jos led the UNDP Arab States regional governance and peacebuilding team from Jordan, where he supported UNDP Country Offices in establishing programmes to address development challenges, resulting in numerous inter-disciplinary projects progressing the 2030 SDG Agenda. Before joining the Arab States Regional Hub, Jos worked in New York as Team Leader, Conflict Prevention, for UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, supporting multi-agency response efforts to crises around the world, having previously begun his UNDP career in Georgia in 2008.

Prior to joining UNDP Jos worked with several international NGOs, and as researcher at the University in Leuven and Brussels (Belgium). He has contributed to a range of publications including: A Resource Pack on Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Aid and Peace-building Work (International Alert, 2003); Regional Early Warning Reports on the Balkan for UNDP (2005); and Hybrid Peacemaking: Building National “Infrastructures for Peace” in Journal of Global Governance (2012).

Abdul Rahman Azizi: Deputy Resident Representative (Operations)

Abdul Rahman Azizi (PhD) is UNDP Sudan’s Deputy Resident Representative (Operations).

He and his team ensure the smooth and safe operation of UNDP activities in Sudan, encompassing procurement, finance, human resources, logistics, facilities management and security. With a long history with UNDP in crisis and post-conflict countries, prior to Sudan Abdul Rahman served as UNDP’s Senior Deputy Country Director (Operations) in Afghanistan, Chief of the Regional Advisory Committee on Procurement in Thailand supporting countries in Asia Pacific, and as a Procurement Expert on behalf of the World Bank In Iraq, developing global operational guidelines for project management, finance and procurement.

Abdul Rahman’s other areas of expertise include Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) management, infrastructure, procurement and operations, all in developing contexts. Before joining UNDP in 2000, he served as Chief Coordinator for $700 million of construction projects in Jordan and Palestine.

Abdul Rahman holds a PhD in Engineering from the United Kingdom’s Durham University, a MSc in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester, and a BSc in Engineering from the University of Alabama.

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