The Human Development Report Team

The mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom. The office works towards this goal by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development. The office works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, support to national and regional analysis and outreach and advocacy work.

The Human Development Report Office is supported by an Advisory Panel which provides strategic guidance and feedback to the team in preparation of the 2014 Human Development Report and a Statistical Advisory Panel that provides guidance on our human development data and indices.

  • Dr. Hanan Daoud Khalil Ashrawi (Palestine), Legislator, activist, and scholar
  • Professor Edward S. Ayensu (Ghana), Scientist, Former Chairman, World Bank Inspection Panel, Fellow Wolfson College, Oxford; Founding Fellow, African Academy of Sciences.
  • Professor Cristovam Ricardo Cavalcanti Buarque (Brazil), Senator and Professor, University Brasilia; Former Governor of Brasilia ; Former Minister of Education
  • Mr. Michael Elliott (UK), President and Chief Executive Officer, ONE
  • Professor Patrick Guillaumont (France), Président de la Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI)
  • Professor Ricardo Hausmann (Venezuela), Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
  • Dr. Nanna Hvidt (Denmark), Director, Danish Institute for International Studies; Former Director, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Rima Khalaf (Jordan), Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, UN-ESCWA; Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at UNDP
  • Professor Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Department of Economics,Tulane University
  • Professor Sir James Mirrlees Alexander (UK), Master, Morningside College, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Nobel Laureate, Economic Science 1996
  • Professor Thandika Mkandawire (Uganda), Professor of African Development, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Professor José Antonio Ocampo (Colombia), Director, Economic and Political Development Concentration, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri (India), Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Director General TERI; Head Yale Climate and Energy Institute; Accepted Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of IPCC (2007)
  • Mr. Samir Radwan (Egypt), Economist; Former Minister of Finance; Former Senior ILO Official
  • Dr. Rizal Ramli (Indonesia), Economist; Former Minister of Finance
  • Professor Gustav Ranis (US), Frank Altschul Professor Emeritus of International Economics, Yale University
  • Professor Frances Stewart (UK), Director of CRISE, Oxford Department of International Development
  • Professor Akihiko Tanaka (Japan), President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Dr. Ruan Zongze (China), Vice President, China Institute of International Studies
  • Special Advisor: Professor A. K. Shiva Kumar (India), Visiting Professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad; Professor of economics and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; Adviser to UNICEF, India
Policy Specialist
Research and Statistics

Amie Gaye is a policy specialist for statistics. Before she joined this office in May 2006, she worked at the Central Statistics Department of The Gambia for 20 years. From 2000 to 2003, she was a policy advocacy manager and gender coordinator for ActionAid The Gambia, supporting cross-border initiatives in Guinea Bissau and Senegal. She also initiated the Participatory Community Video project and the formation of a Pro-Poor Advocacy Group, which aims to promote participatory budgeting and participation of community-based organizations in national planning processes. She has a diploma in statistics from the University of Ghana and obtained a master’s degree in applied population research from University of Exeter, UK.

Research Specialist
Research and Statistics

Astra Bonini is a Research Specialist with the Human Development Report Office. She has extensive research experience in the political economy of global inequality and international development, governance for the provision of public goods, and development in natural resource based economies. Her research draws on her training in comparative and world historical sociology. Most recently she was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Astra has taught at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University and has worked for the UNDP Sustainable Energy group, UNDP Mongolia, and the UN Statistics Division. Astra earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Administrative Associate
Communications and Publishing

Prior to joining UNDP, Bota worked for United Nations Publications. She has also supported a UNDP project on “Conservation of Mountain in-situ Agro Biodiversity in Kazakhstan” project and the Centre for Marketing and Analytical Research under Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan.

She has Masters degrees in Public Administration, finance and accounting from the State University of New York, Albany and in Public Administration from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research. She also has a Diploma on International Economic Relations from K.A Yasawi International Kazakh-Turkish University, Kazakhstan.

Online Communications Manager
Communications and Publishing

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs manages Information and Communications Technologies at the Human Development Report Office. Before joining UNDP, she worked for Development and Peace and UNICEF in Montreal, and most recently for the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology, where she developed a platform to track high-level commitments to the Millennium Development Goals and was a member of the ICT team for the Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil. She holds a BA in Political Science and History from McGill University in Montreal and an MSc in Sustainable Development, with distinction, from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Having just completed a Master's degree at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and Knowledge Media Design Institute, she is particularly interested in open data and ICT4D.

Deputy Director and Head of the NHDR Unit
National Human Development Reports

Prior to joining UNDP, Eva worked at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence where, as chief of the unit for research on social and economic trends and policies she led two flagship reports, the Social Monitor and the Report Cards on child wellbeing, which have made global headline news. She also coordinated the Centre’s research on children and migration. Earlier work with UNICEF including roles as regional social policy advisor for the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office heading the first regional interagency team for reviewing CCA/UNDAFs (in Asia) and as social policy advisor in New York dealing with UNICEF engagement in poverty reduction strategies and input to numerous policy publications.

Eva is a native of Denmark and has an advanced degree in macro-economics from the University of Copenhagen. Prior to joining UNICEF in 1985, she worked for DANIDA and the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Denmark.

Operations Assistant

Fe Juarez has been the operations assistant for this office since November 2005. Prior to this post, she was program associate at the UN Capital Development Fund for five years and program / administrative assistant at the Sustainable Development and Poverty Elimination Division of the Bureau for Development Policy for two years. She also has worked in office administration and human resources for private companies in the Philippines. She has a bachelor’s in office administration from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Head of Unit
National Human Development Reports

Before joining HDRO, Jon spent 7 years working for the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) where he led the Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, a project that was instrumental in paving the way to the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress. Before joining the OECD he worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and was the chief architect and author of the first two issues of “Measures of Australia’s Progress”, which won a national award in 2003. An Australian and British citizen, Jon has spoken in over 40 countries on indicators and measuring development and progress.

He has a Maths degree from Durham University in the UK, and Master’s degrees in Statistics (London University) and Public Service Administration (Australia and New Zealand School of Government).

Policy Specialist
Research and Statistics

José is a Senior Researcher of the Research Team for the Human Development Report. He has extensive research experience in the fields of international trade and open macroeconomics. Prior to joining UNDP, he was Deputy Director of Research for the Andean Development Bank. He has also served as Chief Economist of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and as consultant for the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance, the Venezuelan Central Bank and international organizations, such as the World Bank. He also was professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in the field of macroeconomics.

José holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.


Khalid Malik is a development economist with extensive leadership, research and advocacy experience. He was appointed Director of the UNDP Human Development Report in June 2011. Born in Pakistan, he studied economics at the universities of Punjab, Cambridge, Essex, and Oxford. Mr. Malik has had a long, distinguished career with the UN. Prior to joining the Human Development Report Office served as Special Advisor on New Development Partnerships (2010-2011); UN Resident Coordinator in China (2003-2010); Director, Evaluation Office (1997-2003); and UN Representative in Uzbekistan (1993-1997). Earlier he worked as a senior economist and programme manager in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and on science and technology matters.

Before joining the UN, Mr. Malik taught and conducted research at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (1975) and at Pembroke College, Oxford (1974-75). He has been an invited speaker at the Club of Rome, the Boao Forum (Asia’s Davos), and many other leading international forums on a range of topics, including China’s a growth, climate change and the environment, and global security. He co-hosted the annual International Finance Forum with one of China’s leaders, Cheng Siwei, Vice Chairman of the 10th People’s Congress.

Mr. Malik has written widely on development issues. He co-edited a review of the Lessons Learned in Crisis and Post-Conflict Situations (2002) and Capacity for Development: New Solutions to Old Problems (2002), and was the lead author of the 2004 UNDP Development Effectiveness Report. His latest book - Why China Has Grown So Fast for So Long - is to be published shortly. Mr. Malik is on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre of China Studies and received an honorary doctorate from Nanchang University. In 2009, Mr. Malik was selected by the government of China as one of ten “champions” - and the only foreigner - to be honored for their contributions to the protection of the environment in China.

Executive Associate

Mamaye Gebretsadik, who has worked for UNDP since 1994, is responsible for all administrative and financial support for the Directorate of the Human Development Report Office. She previously worked as a programme assistant for the Management Development and Governance Division in the Urban Development Unit, Bureau for Development Policy. She has a diploma from the Association of Business Executives (ABE) in the U.K. through Universal College in Nairobi, Kenya and a diploma in accounting and secretarial course from Shimeles Habte College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Programme Associate
National Human Development Reports

Mary Ann Mwangi began her career with UNDP in 1997. She joined HDRO in 2001 and helped set up the National Human Development Report (NHDR) Unit. She is responsible for managing the Information, Finance, Programme and Operational functions of the NHDR Unit. In addition to supporting national report teams around the world, she ensures that the database of NHDRs, which has over 700 Regional and National Reports, and HDR Focal Points remain up to date and that new NHDR resources and materials are included in the HDR website. She hold a degree in Business Administration and Business Management, and a Certificate in International Development from Oxford University. She has also successfully completed from the UNDP Virtual Development Academy (VDA) course.

Head of Unit
Research and Statistics

Milorad S. Kovacevic is a Senior Statistical Analyst – Consultant with the Statistical Unit. Before joining this unit, he was working as a methodologist at Statistics Canada for more than seventeen years, out of which last eleven years he was chief of Data Analysis Methods Research at the Methodology Branch. He also worked for the Federal Statistical Office of Yugoslavia and was teaching statistics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, United States.

Milorad holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Belgrade, a Masters in Statistics from the University of Zagreb, and a Bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Belgrade.

Operations Manager

Sarantuya Mend has extensive experience in coordinating poverty reduction and gender equality projects and programs. Before joining this office in March 2006, she worked for UNDP Mongolia as National Programme Officer and then Operations Manager. She also worked as a focal point for national human development reports for seven years, including work on Mongolia’s national reports from 2000 to 2004. In addition to her experience with UNDP, she has worked with UNIFEM CIS on engendering PRSPs and the Millennium Development Goals. She also worked for the Mongolian Government at the Ministry of Population Policy and Labor.

She earned her BA in urban planning from Moscow Management University and a master’s degree in public management from Mongolian State University.