David Mclachlan-Karr

David Mclachlan-Karr

David Mclachlan-Karr

Regional Director for Asia-Pacific

David Mclachlan-Karr brings considerable expertise to DCO, with over 28 years of experience with the United Nations. He held various posts within UNDP and OCHA in Asia, Africa and Latin America, including in various complex emergency settings such as Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Kosovo, Sudan and Iraq. From 2004 to 2019, he served as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, Jordan, the Maldives and Sierra Leone, and was then appointed Deputy Special Representative, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator with UNIOGBIS in Guinea-Bissau. In 2019, he was appointed Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for MONUSCO and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he played a critical role in leading the reconfiguration of the UN system in the context of the progressive drawdown of MONUSCO, including through the implementation of the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus.

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Team in Asia-Pacific

  • Sarwat Adnan, Senior Regional Coordination Officer
  • Luigi Demunnik, Administration and BOS Officer 
  • David Swanson, Regional Public Information Officer
  • Dilrukshi Fonseka, Regional Protection and Development Officer
  • Laura Buzzoni, Associate Programme Management Officer
  • Chanerin Maneechansook, Programme Assistant 
  • Narmina Guliyeva, Regional Liaison and Sustainable Development Officer (based in NY)