united nations secretary general and undp director for latin america and the caribbean
Jessica Faieta was appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for
Latin America and the Caribbean in May 2014, previously she held the position of Deputy
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean since October 2012.
From 2010-2012, she was the Senior Country Director in Haiti, leading the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) recovery and reconstruction efforts after the January 2010 earthquake. Prior to her assignment in Haiti, she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2007-2010). From 2005 to 2006, she served in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General. She was also Deputy Chief of Staff to the UNDP Administrator.
Ms. Faieta started her career with UNDP in 1991 as a UN Volunteer in Guyana. In 1993, she
became Special Assistant to Director for Finance and Administration. In 1997, she was
appointed Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) in Cuba and subsequently, DRR in Panama
(1998-2001) and in Argentina (2001-2002). Before joining UNDP, she worked for the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador (1987-1991).
Ms. Faieta holds a MBA and a Master's in International Affairs, both degrees from Columbia
University. She is a Yale University World Fellow.