UN RC presents credentials to Kenya Foregn Office following appointment
Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee presented his credentials to the Foreign Affairs and Trade Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohamed following his appointment as UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya and UNDP Kenya Resident Representative.
During the presentation, held at the CS’s office at Old Treasury Building on Harambee Avenue on Monday 10 October, 2016, Ambassador Mohammed congratulated Mr. Chatterjee for his appointment to the new role of coordinating the United Nation’s work in the country.
The two also discussed priority areas of collaboration between the Government of Kenya and the UN. The RC reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to partnering with the Government in the implementation of its development agenda and pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals.
Until his appointment to his new position on 26 August, 2016, Mr. Chatterjee, commonly known as Sid, had been serving as the UNFPA Representative for Kenya and from January 2016, he also served as the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for 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 he 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 (IFRC) from 2011. Previously he has served in the UN since January 1997 in different capacities. Most of his career has been spent working in fragile states and complex emergencies. From 2009 to 2010, he was Regional Director for the Middle East, Europe and Central Asian Republics at the United Nations Office of Project Services. He was Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretory General for the UN Mission in Iraq. He has also served in leadership positions in UNICEF offices in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and with the UN Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan.
His early career was in a Special Forces Unit of the Indian Army, where he was decorated in 1995 for bravery by the President of India.
A Princeton alumnus and TED x 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 recently profiled by Forbes magazine in an article titled, "Passionate Leader of UNFPA Kenya Battles Violence against Women, FGM and Child Marriage."
He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Bachelor of Sciences from the National Defense Academy in India.
Sid is married with a son.