Knut Ostby took up his position as Resident Representative of UNDP Pakistan in January 2021. Prior to his appointment in Pakistan, Knut Ostby served as Director a.i. at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre since February 2020. He has also served as a United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for 14 years in countries including Pakistan, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Fiji (multi-country office), and Iran.
Mr. Ostby has extensive experience in development, human rights and humanitarian affairs across 17 countries. During his career with the United Nations, he has held leadership positions in Afghanistan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and at headquarters in Copenhagen and New York.
He holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and has conducted studies in development theory with the University of Uppsala in Sweden.
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.