29 Mar 2013
Phnom Penh- Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren of Belgium has taken up her position as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia.
Ms. Van der Vaeren officially assumed her office in early April 2013, succeeding her predecessor Mr. Douglas Broderick who has recently taken up a new assignment in Indonesia.
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Van der Vaeren served as the UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative for Bhutan. She was Division Chief for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific from 2004-2009 and Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey from 2000-2004. From 1997-2000, she was UNDP’s Assistant Resident Representative in charge of programme in Cambodia. For a number of years, from 1991-1997, she worked with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in New York as an Operational Guidelines Specialist to the Policy Planning and Evaluation Unit; as a Consultant; and as UNCDF’s Field Implementation Officer in Ethiopia. Prior to joining UNDP, Claire worked as an International Staff Operations Liaison Assistant with CARE, Inc.
Ms. Van der Vaeren holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Licence in Political Science and International Relations, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
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