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 Deputy Regional Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (2014-2016), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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 the HIV/AIDS team, Bureau for Development Policy (2004-2009), and Senior Political Affairs Officer, Electoral Assistance Division, 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 Acting Deputy Resident Representative in Argentina, and Assistant Resident Representative in Haiti from 1990-1991. He 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 's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).