I am a humanitarian and development professional. Having served in some of the most fragile parts of the world during my service in the United Nations (UN) and the Red Cross movement, I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. I have seen first hand many human tragedies and triumphs from which I have learnt important lessons and I strive to uphold human dignity.



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    • Public Policy, Princeton University , United States , July 2010 - June 2011
    • Social Policy , Maastrict University , Netherlands , April 2006 - March 2007
    • Defense Studies, Indian Military Academy , India , January 1984 - December 1984
    • Sciences and military studies, National Defence Academy , India , January 1981 - December 1983

Experience Summary

  • Skills, Background, and Experience

      As the United Nations Resident Coordinator I coordinate the work of 27 UN agencies, driven by a determination to deliver as one. Spanning humanitarian action to development work in Kenya, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework is fully aligned to the Government of Kenya's strategic priorities.

      Before taking up the role of UN Resident Coordinator I was the UNFPA Representative to Kenya.  We put the spotlight on the adolescent girl & making every effort to end child marriage, FGM & address the scourge of violence against women and girls. Every child regardless of gender must have her/his human rights protected and should achieve her/his full human potential.  

      Before joining UNFPA, I was the Chief Diplomat & Head of Strategic Partnerships, International Relations & oversaw resource mobilization at the HQ of the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) the world's largest humanitarian & development network. I was based in Geneva, Switzerland and took on this role in June 2011. 

      Prior to the IFRC, I had served with the United Nations (UN) in Peace Keeping, UNICEF and UNOPS in a range of leadership positions. Most of my career has been spent serving in conflict & disaster affected states and developing countries. 

      I have lived and worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq(two tours), South Sudan, Indonesia, Sudan (Darfur), Somalia, Denmark and Switzerland. 

      In South Sudan, I successfully negotiated the release of 3551 child soldiers from the rebel army of the SPLA and led the largest ever demobilization of child soldiers in 2001 during an ongoing conflict. I was a TEDx speaker on the topic of child soldiers in Bilbao, Spain.

      I have been recognized by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as a influencer on the eradication of polio.

      I have a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. 

      I joined the UN in January 1997 after serving as a career officer in a Special Forces unit of the Indian Army.

      I write about humanitarian and social issues and I have a blog in Reuters and the Huffington Post. My op-eds and articles have also featured in CNN, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Forbes, the Global Observatory and some leading Indian journals. 

      I am a fitness buff, a lover of English literature and poetry, in the past I been a keen horseman, a parachutist as well as a SCUBA diver. 

      I am a husband and a father and I dote on my son.

  • Areas of Expertise :

      1. Leadership in complex emergencies and development programs, in large, highly diverse multinational and multicultural work environments.
      2. Humanitarian and public diplomacy. 
      3. Staff security and safety and a qualified hostage incident manager and negotiator.
        4. Experience in managing humanitarian and development programs with annual budgets of over US$200 million and an indepth understanding to move programs from life saving interventions to longer term development.
      4. 5. Advocacy and pubic communications.
  • Responsibilities :

    • Recruit candidates
    • Pursue new business
    • Provide technical advice on projects
    • Conduct research
    • Manage projects in the field
    • Run a company, NGO, or a major department

Employment Summary

  • April 2014 - Present Representative for UNFPA in Kenya, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

  • United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya, United Nations (UN)

  • June 2011 - April 2014 Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

  • July 2010 - June 2011 Fellow, Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

  • May 2009 - July 2010 Regional Director, UNOPS Regional Office, Europe and Middle East

  • November 2007 - April 2009 Chief of Staff, UN Mission in Iraq

  • November 2004 - November 2007 Deputy Country Representative, UNICEF Somalia

  • June 2004 - November 2004 Emergency Coordinator for Darfur, UNICEF Sudan

  • September 2001 - June 2004 Chief of Emergency Section, UNICEF Indonesia

  • June 2000 - September 2001 Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Rumbek, South Sudan

  • March 1998 - June 2000 Field Delegate and UN Coordinator, UN Northern Iraq, Suleimaniyah

  • October 1997 - March 1998 Chief of Liaison and Protocol, UN Iraq, Baghdad

  • May 1997 - October 1997 Chief Security Adviser, UN Iraq, Baghdad

  • January 1997 - May 1997 Deputy Chief of Security, UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzogovina, Sarajevo

  • January 1985 - December 1996 Major, Special Forces(Final Rank), Indian Army

Supporting Documents

  • Siddharth Chatterjee 360 degree performance review
    This is my 360 degree performance appraisal.
  • Siddharth Chatterjee
    Career Track and Recommendations
  • Siddharth Chatterjee-Report on Vaccines
    This report offers an evaluation of Merck-Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories (Hilleman Laboratories or the labs), a public private venture launched in 2009 by the Wellcome Trust and Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck), intended to contribute to the development of high-impact, affordable vaccines for people in developing countries. As a starting point, this report offers context on the global burden of infectious disease, borne disproportionately by people living in the developing world, and discusses related challenges in developing, deploying, and financing vaccines to address this burden. This report reviews key findings from meetings with biomedical and public health experts, stakeholders, and health practitioners about the Hilleman Laboratories and its potential role in the vaccine development process. Using this information, members of the task force crafted a set of recommendations, reviewed below, to guide the start-up and establishment of the labs. While these recommendations may reference scientific considerations, in light of the authors’ academic emphasis, the report is primarily focused on policy and practices. Finally, the report calls attention to challenges the Hilleman Laboratories’ leadership may face as the labs begin operations. (File size: 586134KB)

Relevant Links

  • Google+ Profile
  • Linked In Profile
  • TED x Talk
    The use of children as combatants in conflicts is amongst the most egregious violations of human and child rights and is a practice that continues unabated. I feel that it is a humanitarian imperative to persuade political and military leaders of both state and non state entities that the military is no place for a child and the use of humanitarian diplomacy is an important tool to help achieve that. I highlight the point that the world cannot afford to wait for conflicts to end for children to be removed from militias and militaries and it is possible to demobilize them.
  • Siddharth Chatterjee Blog
    This is a collection of my articles and opinion pieces. The topics span sexual & gender based violence, child soldiers, food security, public health, eradication of polio & protection of the vulnerable. Having witnessed compelling human tragedies and triumphs, my perspectives have been shaped by my diverse experiences in the Army, the UN, the Red Cross as well as a dad. I genuinely believe that we can together advance peace, humanity and give our children a future full of hope.
  • Personal Website
    My personal website.


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  • Citizenships and Permanent Residences

    • India
  • Total Years of Experience

    26 years
  • Languages

    • Bengali
    • English
    • Hindi
    • Indonesian