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Asia and the Pacific
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Olivier Adam, UNV Executive Coordinator

Mr Olivier Adam (France) took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on 2 January 2017.

Olivier joined UNV after having served as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Regional Bureau for Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (2014 – December 2016).

Prior to this, Olivier was Manager of the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre (2012-2014) and before that UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine (2009-2012).  He served in different capacities at UNDP headquarters in New York:  as Head of Global Fund Partnership and Team Leader for HIV/AIDS team, Bureau for Development Policy (2004-2009) and Senior Political Affairs Officer, Department for Political Affairs (2000-2004). 

Olivier also held the positions of Deputy Director, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (1997-2000) and Deputy Division Chief with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (1993-1996). 

From 1991-1992, Olivier was Deputy Resident Representative in Argentina, and Assistant Resident Representative in Haiti from 1990-1991.  Olivier started his career in the UN system as Junior Professional Officer with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1987-1990).

Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Master in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po).