Jessica Faieta of Ecuador Appointed Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and The Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme
New York, USA - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Jessica Faieta of Ecuador as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“I am a great admirer of Jessica Faieta’s work, her leadership, management and teambuilding skills,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “I have high confidence in her ability to carry on UNDP's legacy in partnering with governments and civil society to continue shaping policies in Latin America and the Caribbean."
Ms. Faieta succeeds Heraldo Muñoz, who has returned to Chile to take up the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in President Michelle Bachelet’s administration. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Muñoz for his dedication and commitment to the organization during his term with UNDP.
"Despite the many tasks ahead of us, there are many reasons to feel proud of our work and achievements in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ours is a Region of great opportunities for UNDP, where our good performance, innovative approaches, hard work and high delivery has made us a key and relevant partner. RBLAC has been ahead of the curve in many ways, addressing crucial development issues – particularly through our COs and our Regional Center— ranging from inequality and exclusion, poverty reduction and citizen insecurity to democratic governance, women empowerment and sustainable development, to name a few" said Ms. Faieta.
Ms. Faieta has had many years of distinguished service within UNDP, holding various leadership positions, most recently as Deputy Regional Director of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this, she served as Senior Country Director, UNDP Haiti, where she led UNDP’s post-disaster recovery effort after the January 2010 earthquake.
She was the UN Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2007-2010). From 2005 to 2006, she served in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, first as Principal Officer to the Chef de Cabinet, and then as Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General.
Ms. Faieta has been the Deputy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the UNDP Administrator. Earlier in her career, she also served in a variety of roles, both at UNDP Headquarters and in the field in such duty stations as Argentina, Panama, Cuba, Belize and Guyana. She began her career as Commercial Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador.
Ms. Faieta holds a Master of International Affairs, Economic Development as well as a Master of Business Administration in International Finance from Columbia University, NY, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from State University of NY, New Paltz, USA.
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