Ms Nicola Harrington (United Kingdom) took up her appointment as the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Volunteer Mobilization and Programme, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in June 2016.
Nicola joined UNV from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where she was the Deputy Director of its Development Centre. Prior to joining the OECD, Nicola was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova, coordinating UN activities in development and human rights, including the UN’s engagement in confidence building with the Transnistrian region.
Before that, Nicola held the position of Deputy Director for Policy and Communications, UN/UNDP Brussels Office, coordinating UN engagement on development policy issues with institutions of the European Union. She also served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia and Montenegro, Director of UNDP Resources Mobilization Division, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Nicaragua, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Malawi, and JPO in Argentina.
Prior to joining the UN system, Nicola worked for the Bank of England, specializing in financial trade liberalization and building bridges between government and industry positions in international negotiations.
Nicola holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Warwick Business School and a Master of Science (Econ) degree in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. In 2012, she was co-winner of the Haldane Prize for innovation in public administration. Nicola is a World Fellow of Yale University.