Toily Kurbanov, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services

Mr Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) took up his appointment as the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in August 2016.

Toily joined UNV from Myanmar, where he had led UNDP's strategic support to the nation's democratic transformation in his role as UNDP Country Director since 2012. During his time in Myanmar, he mobilized UN expertise and policy advice to help develop the capacity of national legislature, to support justice sector reform, decentralization and post-conflict recovery in ethnic areas, and to assist national stakeholders in sharpening the focus of socio-economic policies towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

From 2007 to 2012, Toily worked as Deputy Resident Representative in Fiji and the Pacific Small Island Developing States, where he provided day-to-day management of UNDP, including implementation of the agency's programmes in areas of climate change adaptation, disaster resilience, poverty reduction and civic education.

Toily joined UNDP in 2004 through the Leadership Development Programme, initially serving as Management Specialist in the Office of Planning and Budgeting at UNDP Headquarters and supporting design and implementation of corporate systems for result-based management and budgeting.

Prior to joining the UN, Toily had a distinguished career in the Government of Turkmenistan: as Ambassador to Armenia (2000-2003), Chairman of the State Tourism Corporation (1999-2000) as well as Minister of Foreign Economic Relations (1997-1998).

As cabinet member and subsequently as senior diplomat, Toily leveraged the breadth of his respective portfolios and depth of his expertise to promote national socio-economic reforms and to facilitate international trade and investment.

Toily was invited to join the government having succeeded in the banking sector, where he worked as First Vice President (1995-1997) and Director of International Settlements (1993-1995) at the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan, contributing to the modernization and improved transparency of the banking sector of the newly independent nation.

Toily holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Diploma in Economics from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics.

> Last update: 12 January 2017