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 2012 and 2013 Human Development Reports.
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.
Subhra Bhattacharjee is a research specialist with the Research Team for the Human Development Report. Prior to joining UNDP she worked as a research officer in Reserve Bank of India, India’s Central Bank and was a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, Ohio. Her research interests are in non-market valuation, applied microeconomics and growth models with the environment as a public good. Her areas of technical expertise include modeling household behavior and survey statistics and methodology. Subhra holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University.
Astra Bonini is a statistics analyst with the Statistics Unit. She has extensive research experience in the fields of global inequality and international development and teaching experience in sociology. Most recently, she was an instructor of environmental sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Astra has worked for a number of offices within the UN system including the UNDP Sustainable Energy group, UNDP Mongolia, the UNSD Environment Statistics Unit, and the UNSD Development Indicators Unit.
She holds a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University and a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation examined the relationship between natural resource wealth and economic development from a comparative historical perspective.
Eleonore Fournier-Tombs manages Information and Communications Technologies at the Human Development Report Office. Before joining UNDP, she worked 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. Currently pursuing post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and Knowledge Media Design Institute, she is particularly interested in open data and ICT4D.
Alan Fuchs has been a Policy Specialist at the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the UNDP since May 2011. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and received a B.A. in Economics and a Master in Public Policy from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Prior to going to Harvard, Alan worked for the Mexican Government at three different Federal Agencies. At the Ministry of Finance he estimated dynamic econometric models to monthly forecast components of the Gross Domestic Product such as employment, productivity, and prices. At the Mexican Institute for Social Security he was responsible for the institute’s health and child care budget assignment through resource decentralization models and for designing innovative methods health systems’ finance and organization. At the Ministry for Social Development he was part of a team that designed new programs to attack identified needs, focusing resources to the poor with the intention of generating an integrated vision of social policy. Finally, he has been a consultant for the World Bank and the UNDP. Alan Fuchs’ research focuses on development economics, applied microeconomics, insurance and energy economics. In particular, he has studied the effect of the recently introduced rainfall-indexed insurance on small scale farmers’ productivity and risk management strategies in Mexico, and the effect of conditional cash transfers programs on poor households’ energy demand.
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.
Mamaye Gebretsadik, who has worked for UNDP since 1994, is responsible for all administrative and financial support for the Human Development Report and disseminating the Journal of Human Development. 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.
Christina is a Programme Analyst in the National Human Development Reports Unit. Prior to joining UNDP, she worked with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) agency in Vietnam and in Germany, where she focused on poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, in particular advising the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on empowerment and poverty impact assessments. She holds an MSc in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, specializing in international relations and development cooperation. Her areas of expertise include empowerment, equity and participatory approaches.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Maurice Kugler is Head of the Development Research and Data Unit at the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme. He has conducted research on development and globalization including scholarly work on international trade, foreign direct investment and skilled migration. Past publications deal with export dynamics, reallocation after market oriented reforms, and the link of international capital flows with labor migration. More generally, Kugler explores how global market integration, and other reforms, impact upon the prospects of human development in nations and regions. Since 2006, he holds a Research Fellowship at the Growth Lab of the Center for International Development in Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard, Los Andes, Southampton, and Stanford Universities. Kugler has been awarded research grants by the McArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Tinker Foundation in the US as well as the Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK. He has been adviser to the Central Bank of Colombia, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, and earned a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, after being an undergrad at the LSE.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining the Human Development Report Office, Bill worked on media assistance projects in Africa for the UN and the Gates Foundation, following six years at UNDP as its head of external communications and its policy advisor for Independent Media Development. His previous career in journalism included assignments as a Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, UN Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times and a Latin American correspondent for the Economist and the Washington Post. He was the founding editor of LatinFinance, a business monthly, and is the author of “Understanding NAFTA: Mexico, Free Trade and the New North America” (University of Texas, 1996) and “A Culture of Collusion: An inside Look at the Mexican Press” (University of Miami, 1997). From 1983 to 1998 Bill was executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
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.
Swarnim Waglé is a development economist with research interests in trade, investment and public finance. He has more than 10 years of experience in international organizations. Between 2002 and 2007, he co-led the UNDP Asia Trade Initiative, a research and policy advisory project covering 20 countries. At the World Bank (2009-11), he was a core member of teams that pioneered the Investment Across Borders indicators of FDI regulation as well as Trade Competitiveness Diagnostics. Swarnim has been a consultant at the Government of Nepal, ADB (Manila) and ITC (Geneva). He maintains interest in current affairs having been the South Asia editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly (1999-2000) and a regular broadcaster on BBC Nepali Service (1995-1997). Swarnim holds a doctorate in economics from the Australian National University, a Master’s from Harvard, and a first degree from the London School of Economics. He is a citizen of Nepal.
Samantha Wauchope joined the HDRO Communications and Publishing Unit in 2012. Previously, Samantha was Publications Plan Coordinator at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, where she contributed to developing the organization’s global publishing objectives and strategy, with a focus on new publishing channels. From 2008 to 2010, she was Publications Coordinator for the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme in Paris and in Perugia, Italy, managing the production of the World Water Development Report and more than 20 associated publications a year. Samantha has also worked as a Managing Editor, Production Manager and Translations Manager at UNESCO and in the private sector.An Australian national, Samantha speaks fluent English and French. She holds a BA in Literature and Linguistics from La Trobe University in Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in English Language Teaching from the University of Cambridge, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from King’s College London.