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Designation:Country Programme Advisor

Organization:United Nations Development Programme

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Ms. Bilgrami is working in the United Nations Development Programme’s Bangkok Regional Hub as Country Programme Advisor and Head of the North East Asia and Mekong Cluster.

Ms Bilgrami has over thirty years of experience in the development sector.  Prior to taking over this assignment in October 2014, she functioned as the Country Director a.i. for UNDP Sri Lanka for two years, after having functioned as the Deputy Country Director (Programme) for the previous two years. Here she led and managed the UNDP programme in Sri Lanka, focusing on Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Energy and Environment, and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Prior to taking on this assignment, Ms. Bilgrami worked at UNDP Headquarters in New York for eight years, as Programme Advisor and Deputy Chief of the South and West Asia Division in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. Her key responsibility was to oversee and backstop UNDP operations in designated countries.

Ms Bilgrami began her career at UNDP in 1997 when she joined UNDP Pakistan and served as Assistant Resident Representative, heading the Energy and Environment Unit, where she provided substantive inputs such as policy advice, strategic decision-making, advocacy, programme planning and advisory services, and was instrumental in expanding the scope of UNDP's environment portfolio under a programmatic framework. She spearheaded extensive donor coordination efforts in this regard and mobilized significant resources.

Her previous assignment was with National Environmental Consulting as Projects Manager, where she was involved in the planning, design, management, coordination and implementation of environmental management projects (EIAs, Environmental Audits, and Environmental Management Plans) in the industrial sector, particularly in the leather tanning industry.

Upon securing a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, she was awarded a British Council Commonwealth Scholarship for a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Imperial College, London. She won the UK IPHE (Institute of Public Health Engineers) award for best dissertation titled 'Thermal Technologies for Waste Treatment, and their Environmental Impact' as part of her M.Sc programme.

                                                                                              (Updated On December 2014)