Ignacio Artaza has over 20 years of experience in development cooperation and relief operations. He has been UNDP Country Director in Pakistan since 2016, and Resident Representative since January 2019. Prior to his appointment in Pakistan, he was UNDP Country Director in Egypt for four years where he oversaw the design and implementation of job creation for youth and women empowerment initiatives, as well as capacity building for administrative reforms and a vast climate change and biodiversity programme.
He has served with UNDP since 1999 in various capacities, as a Management Advisor based in New York (2008–2012), Deputy Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova (2005–2008), Programme Specialist in the Republic of the Sudan (2003–2005) and Programme Officer in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (1999–2003).
Before joining UNDP, he worked in humanitarian programmes with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Ecuador, Iran and Mozambique (1993–1998).
A Spanish national, he holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Miami University (USA).
Deputy Resident Representative
Ms. Aliona Niculita assumed her functions as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Pakistan on 26 August 2019. Her responsibility includes both programme and operations. Ms. Aliona Niculita has more than 25 years of experience in development cooperation. Ms. Niculita has been associated as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. and Deputy Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic since 2015, prior to which she held various positions in the field and headquarters such as Deputy Country Director in the Republic of Tajikistan, Senior Assistant Resident Representative and Programme Analyst in Moldova, South Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan, programme specialist on detail assignment in the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS at HQ in New York. Ms. Niculita started her career in 1993 as public servant with the Government of Moldova. Ms. Niculita holds degrees in law from the Law Academy and History from the State University of Moldova.
Agnes has over 15 years of experience in UN Operations Management. Since 2015, she has been working in Pakistan as International Operations Manager at the UNFPA Country Office. She served as Programme Finance Assistant (1997 – 2002) and later as Head of Resource Management Unit (2001 – 2014) at the UNDP Bratislava Regional Center. In 2014, she assisted the UNFPA CO Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak as Operations Manager.
Agnes is Slovak national of Hungarian origin and holds a Master’s Degree of Environmental Chemistry and Technologies from the Slovak Technical University, Bratislava.