Siddharth (Sid) Chatterjee, MPP ’11 has been appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya, where he will help to lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies based in the country. He will also serve as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme.
Prior to this appointment, Sid served as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Kenya. At UNFPA, Sid and his team spearheaded efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal deaths in Kenya, putting the spotlight on the challenges faced by adolescent girls, including child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual and gender-based violence.
Before Sid joined UNFPA in 2014, he served as the Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 2011. Most of his career has been spent working in fragile states and complex emergencies.
A TEDx speaker, Sid writes extensively on humanitarian and development issues in a variety of journals such as CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Reuters, the Global Observatory and mainstream Kenyan and Indian journals. He was profiled by Forbes magazine in the piece, “Passionate Leader of UNFPA Kenya Battles Violence against Women, FGM and Child Marriage.”