Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez assumed his office as Officer-in-Charge for United Nations Turkey as of 1 September, for a period of 5 months. Prior to his service in Turkey, he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the United Republic of Tanzania.
“Turkey’s efforts in promoting the principles of the UN Charter, including peace, humanitarian assistance, development assistance and Sustainable Development Goals are very important for the success of global efforts and thus very much appreciated”, said Mr. Alvaro.
He added that his priority will be to further enhance and expand the cooperation between the UN and the Turkish authorities.
Decades of experience in development work
Mr. Rodriguez has served in the UN since 1991 when he began his work with UNDP in Kenya and then served in China and Thailand.
Over the course of his career with the UN he has held senior level positions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia where he was UNDP Country Director. Additionally, he has previously served as Policy Support Coordinator in UNDP Headquarters in New York where he was responsible for the oversight of UNDP’s Global Programme.
Mr. Rodriguez has expertise in capacity development, electoral assistance, crisis prevention, humanitarian response and recovery, risk management, environmental management as well as disaster risk reduction.
Mr. Rodriguez is originally from Chile, but is a citizen of Canada. He has studied in Chile, Canada, India and Australia and holds degrees in several fields related to Development and Development Economics.