Mr Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on 4 January 2021.
With over twenty-five years of leadership experience at the international and national level, Toily until now was the Deputy Executive Coordinator of UN Volunteers where he played an important role in positioning UNV in the context of Agenda 2030 and UN reform.
His professional expertise and leadership journey include a wide spectrum of development and management issues, including sustainable development in countries in transition and in fragile contexts, public policy, public administration and organizational transformation.
In his role as Executive Coordinator of UNV, Toily will lead efforts to promote volunteerism across the globe to build forward better and as means of implementing the 2030 Agenda. As UNV is a common United Nations asset administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Toily is also a member of the Organizational Performance Group.
Before joining UNV as Deputy Executive Coordinator in 2016, Toily served as UNDP Country Director in Myanmar (2012-2016), UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Fiji and Pacific Island Countries (2007-2012) and in the Office of Planning and Budgeting at UNDP Headquarters (2004-2006). Prior to that, he had a distinguished career in banking, government and diplomacy in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.
Toily holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and in Economics from Russian Economic University. He speaks English and Russian. Toily is married, and has three children.