Stefan Priesner - UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
Mr. Stefan Priesner is the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam beginning May 2017. He is also the Representative for UNFPA in Malaysia. He has extensive experience in international development and management issues and has been working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1996.
He has provided policy advice to Governments and overseen the formulation and delivery of a range of complex, multi-disciplinary development programmes in close partnership with government, bilateral, multi-lateral and other partners in various countries in the Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe.
Before this assignment he was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Uzbekistan from January 2013 through April 2017.
He also served the United Nations as UNDP Country Director in Bangladesh from September 2008-December 2012. In this function, Mr. Priesner was responsible for leading one of UNDP’s largest development operations globally in terms of oversight of programming, accountability as well as building relations with the government and other key partners.
Prior to joining UNDP Bangladesh, Mr. Priesner was the Deputy Resident Representative in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004-2008). He also worked as Deputy Chief of UNDP’s Sub-regional Resource Facility (SURF) for the Caribbean in Trinidad/Tobago (2001) as well as for South and West Asia in Nepal (2001-2004). During these three years, he led advisory missions to more than a dozen countries in the Asia/Pacific. In his early days with UNDP, Mr. Priesner served in Bhutan as the Head of the Governance Unit, during which he contributed substantively in consolidating UNDP’s governance programme. Before joining UNDP, Mr. Priesner worked in the private sector.
Mr. Priesner holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Law from the University of Vienna.