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New UNDP head in Barbados


New UNDP head in Barbados

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Magdy Martinez-Soliman has arrived in Barbados to take up his appointment as resident representative for the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Martinez-Soliman has a solid track record of accomplishments and vast experience in development, including a recent posting in the Caribbean where he served as UNDP resident representative in Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

Until recently and for the past year, he was assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and the Policy Chief of UNDP. Prior to that, he held different positions at the UN and UNDP Headquarters in New York and, has served as UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Mexico (2007-2012) and as a Senior UN Official in Senegal, West Africa and Bangladesh, South Asia.

Prior to his career in the UN, Martinez Soliman served as Secretary of State for Youth in the Spanish Government, and later Vice Minister of the Presidency in charge of Relations with Parliament.  He was a member of the Organising Committee for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, lectured on International Law at the Law School of Malaga University, his alma mater, and was elected City Councilor of Malaga.

Martinez-Soliman is scheduled to present his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Jerome Walcott, on June 17. (PR/SAT)