Mr. Richard Dictus
United Nations Resident Coordinator
UNDP Resident Representative
Mr. Richard Dictus (Netherlands) took up his appointment as the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative (RR) and Designated Official for security in the Arab Republic of Egypt on 16 January 2017.
Richard joined as RC/RR after having served four years as the Executive Coordinator the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme (January 2013 – December 2016).
In charge of UNV Richard strategically positioned UNV as an essential part of the UN system by contributing with more than 7000 volunteers and 11,000 online volunteers who ad high professional capacity, who are people centered and value driven with focus on innovation.
Richard joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a Junior Professional Officer in South Yemen in 1987. He subsequently served in different UNDP capacities in: Sudan (Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), 1990-1992), Lesotho (Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), 1992-1994) and Bangladesh (Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), 1994-1998) in environmental management, rural development, micro finance, human rights and disaster management practice areas.
As UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Pakistan (1998-2000), he played a significant role in coordinating humanitarian assistance during floods and cyclones and the safety and security of UN staff.
From 2000 to 2001, Richard was a Management Advisor (Deputy Chief), Administrative Services Division, with UNDP’s Bureau of Management (BoM) at UNDP Headquarters in New
York. There, he went on to be Deputy Director of Human Resources, BoM, from 2001 to 2005 where he contributed to the change management and transformation processes across the organization.
Returning to the field, Richard was UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji from 2005 to 2009, where he honed a strong track record for effecting change management. He developed several innovative approaches to UN System coherence across 16 Pacific Island countries and with 15 UN agencies.
Richard furthermore served as United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Malawi (January 2009 – December 2012). During his four years in Malawi, Richard worked towards his vision of a unified and coordinated UN system in Malawi, which supports the country to achieve its development efforts with increased efficiency and innovation.
He graduated from the Technical University of Twente in the Netherlands with a Master's degree in Public Administration and Development Studies. He is married with three children.
Ms. Randa Aboul-Hosn
Ms. Randa Aboul-Hosn (Lebanon) is currently the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt. She started her leadership in the country office last January 2017.
Randa joined as Country Director after serving as Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Algeria for four years (2013-2016). Previously, she has led UNDP Yemen as Country Director for four years from 2010 to 2013.
From 2005 to 2010, Randa acted as a Special Advisor to Directorate at the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York. In 2004, she served as the Assistant Resident Representative for Programme with focus on Governance and Poverty, UNDP Yemen for one year and before that, she worked as Policy Specialist and Programme Manager, UNDP Lebanon for nine years (1995-2004).
Randa graduated and had a Master’s of Arts in Sociology: Social and Behavioral Science from the American University of Beirut. She earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Center for Financial and Management Studies, University of London. Randa also holds a Professional Certificate in Gender Equality Strategic Planning.