RENÉ MAURICIO VALDÉS
Mr. René Mauricio Valdés (El Salvador) was appointed as Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Argentina as of May 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Valdés served as Chief of Staff of the Sole Secretary for the Post-2015 United Nations Agenda and Senior Advisor in the Department of Development Policies of the UNDP in New York City. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and Resident Representative of UNDP in Guatemala. The same position he occupied between 2004 and 2008 in Ecuador. From 2001 to 2003 he was Deputy Resident Representative in Colombia. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Coordinator of the UNDP Operations Group in New York, providing support to the Country Offices in Central America, Haiti, Mexico and Colombia. From 1994 to 1998 he was Deputy Resident Representative in Guatemala and between 1991 and 1994 in Panama. Prior to joining UNDP, Mr. Valdés worked at the Central American Institute of Public Administration of Costa Rica (1983-1989) where he was in charge of the Directorate of the Master’s Degree in Public Administration; At the same time he was Professor and Researcher in public policy and administration issues. In his native country, between 1977 and 1991, he was Coordinator of the Program of Modernization of the Public Sector of the Ministry of Planning and Coordination of Economic and Social Development, Director of International Economy of the Ministry of Economy and Head of the Unit of International Trade Fairs of the Institute of Foreign Trade. Mr. Valdés holds a degree in International Relations from the University of El Salvador, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Costa Rica and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto.