Singer, new UN Resident Coordinator

Hanaa Singer assumed duties as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka on September 7.

She presented her credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at his residence on Wednesday. Singer called on Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana earlier this week.

Singer will lead the UN Country Team of 22 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and act as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka.

She held several senior management positions in UNICEF offices across the world including Associate Regional Director UNICEF Geneva, Country Representative for UNICEF Syria, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

She has led humanitarian programmes in Burundi and Haiti and managed cross border humanitarian operations to Afghanistan and Iraq among other areas.

She has close to three decades of experience with the UN.

A national of Egypt, Singer holds a Master’s degree in Political Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. 

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