Advisory services

Mr. Nikhil Chandavarkar
Chief, Communications and Outreach Branch, Division for Sustainable Development (COB/DSD)

Chandavarkar, Nikhil

Telephone: +1 212/963-8980
Fax: +1 212/963-1267
E-mail: chandavarkar@un.org
Nationality: India
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

 

Profile:

Nikhil Chandavarkar joined the United Nations in 1979 as Area Officer for the Southern Cone, Regional Bureau for Latin America, UNDP. From 1979-1983 he served as Programme Officer and Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), UNDP, in Brasilia, Brazil, managing a portfolio of projects covering computer modeling for macroeconomic and sectoral policies, telecommunications technology development, aeronautics technology development, industrial development, agricultural and forestry research, and export promotion. From 1983-1985, he served as Training Officer and Officer-in-Charge, Training Section, UNDP, New York and as Chief of the same Section from 1986-1989, conducting and managing training programmes for staff and government officials related to economic planning, development project design, monitoring and evaluation, information technology and office automation, and management of technical cooperation. From 1989-1991, he was Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP in Paraguay, managing a development cooperation programme covering reform of the state, promotion of human rights, economic policy making, and reform of the Central Bank. From 1992-1994, he served as Deputy Resident Representative and then Resident Representative/Resident Coordinator a.i., UNDP Brazil, where he managed a development cooperation programme covering reform of the state, national information technology policy, ICT development, promotion of software development for export, economic policy making, health and education. From 1994-1997, he was Chief, Inter-agency Coordination and External Policy, UNDP New York, responsible for UNDPís partnerships with other agencies of the UN system and its interests in inter-agency bodies, as well as for UNDP involvement in the preparations for and integrated follow-up to UN conferences and summits. From 1997-2000, he served as Director, Division for External Relations, UNDP, responsible for UNDPís partnerships and networks with agencies of the UN system, OECD/DAC and member states in ECOSOC and the General Assembly as well as UNDPís involvement in the preparation of and integrated follow-up to UN conferences and summits. From 2001-2005 he served as Interregional Adviser in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, undertaking advisory missions to Morrocco, Mongolia, East Timor, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brazil and provided advisory services using ICT (e-TC) to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. He managed electronic Internet web forums on integrating development policies and on technical cooperation. He also served as Secretary, Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (2003-2005). Mr. Chandavarkar received a Ph. D in economics from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. USA in 1979, with a published dissertation on "The Balance of Payments and Inflation in Brazil: A Quantitative Study", based on a computer simulation model he built of the Brazilian economy. He taught economics at Georgetown University from 1976-1979. In 2004 and 2005, he completed a series of executive seminars in the management of information technology at the MIT Sloan School of Managementís Center for Information Systems Research.

Area of specialization:

Communications, outreach and knowledge management for integrated and interdisciplinary implementation of United Nations conferences and summits as well as promotion of communities of knowledge and practice in the main thematic areas of economic and social development, and environmental conservation.

Experience:

2009 - present   Chief, Communication and Outreach Branch Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York
2005 - 2009   Chief, Communications and Information Management Service, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York
2001 - 2005   Interregional Advisor, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Secretary, Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (2003-2005), United Nations, New York
1997 - 2000   Director, Division of External Relations, UNDP, New York
1994 - 1997   Chief, Inter-agency Coordination and External Policy, UNDP, New York
1992 - 1994   Deputy Resident Representative and ResRep, a.i., UNDP, Brazil
1989 - 1991   Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Paraguay
1986 - 1989   Chief, Training Section, UNDP, New York
1983 - 1986   Training Officer and Officer-in-Charge, Training Section, UNDP, New York
1979 - 1983   Programme Officer and Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), UNDP, Brazil
1979 - 1979   Area Officer for Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, UNDP, New York
1976 - 1979   Teaching Fellow in Economics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Education:

2004 - Continuing Education: Executive Seminars in information technology management, MIT Sloan School of Managementís Center for Information Systems Research, Cambridge, MA, United States of America
1985 - Intercultural Communications and Training Seminars, Society for Intercultural Training and Research Georgetown University, Washington D.C., United States of America
1979 - Ph.D. (Economics), Georgetown University, Washington DC, United States of America
1977 - M.A. (Economics), Georgetown University, Washington DC, United States of America
1976 - A.B. (Economics), Georgetown University, Washington DC, United States of America

Publications:

Book: "Building the Green Economy: A guide to the Practice of Sustainable Development" , (www.amazon.com), 2008

Other Publications: "e-TC: Technical Cooperation with the use of Information and Communications Technology" (2001); "Knowledge and Skills for Managing Globalization" (2001)

Book: "Balance of Payments and Inflation in Brazil: A Quantitative Study." (1979) (built a computer simulation model of Brazilian economy)

Studies and reports: "Economic and Environmental Vulnerabilities in Mongolia" (2004) (co-author).

Studies and reports: UNDP reports to ECOSOC, Macroeconomic implications of WSSD, "Information and communications Technology and South-South Cooperation in Uzbekistan" (2002), "Sustainable Development in Tajikistan" (2003)