Joern Soerensen (Country Director) - UNDP Sri Lanka
Joern Soerensen joined UNDP Sri Lanka as the Country Director in August 2014. Prior to his appointment in Sri Lanka, Joern served as the Country Director in India from end 2013 to 2014 and as the Deputy Country Director in Nepal from early 2009 to end 2013.
Prior to the tenures in South Asia, Joern has been attached to the UNDP Iraq programme since 2001. First as Assistant Programme Director in Kurdistan and later as Programme Advisor attached to the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York. In 2004, Joern moved to the Middle East to take up a position in the Iraq Country Office in Amman, Jordan, concluding his assignment with UNDP Iraq as Head of Strategic Planning & Partnering in 2009
Joern began his career at UNDP in 1994 when he joined UNDP Mongolia as a Programme Officer (JPO). In 1995, he was appointed Head of the Mongolian Environment Programme. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Regional Programme Manager for the Asia-Pacific Region at UNDP Headquarters in New York. Joern also served as the Assistant Resident Representative in North Korea from 1998 to 1999 and has held advisor positions in China for both UNDP and WFP from 1999-2000.
Joern Soerensen holds degrees in Management and Social Studies and a Master degree in International Development Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.