Siddharth Chatterjee, currently the Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and who will take on a new position with the UNFPA (UN Population Fund) Representative for Kenya on April 10, 2014.
Sid is passionate about ending violence and women and children and is a big supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (which connected us).
On April 9, 2014 at noon Eastern, Sid will join me live from Switzerland for discussion about ending violence against women and children.
Tune in here then and listen while you work.
Siddharth Chatterjee (Sid) is the Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) based in Geneva since June 2011.
Prior to the IFRC he served in the United Nations since 1997 in a range of different capacities and has worked extensively in complex emergencies and fragile states.
From 2009 to 2010, he was Regional Director for the Middle East, Europe and Central Asian Republics at the United Nations Office for Project Services. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN Mission in Iraq based in Baghdad, Iraq.
He has also served in leadership positions in UNICEF Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan(Darfur), Indonesia and with the UN Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Before joining the UN he was a career officer in the Special Forces of the Indian Army.
He has written extensively on a range of humanitarian and social issues in a variety of journals such as CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Reuters, the Global Observatory, the Inter Press Service as well as some mainstream Indian journals.
He was a key note speaker on child soldiers at a TED x event in Spain, on Humanitarian Diplomacy at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy as well as on ‘soft power’ at the Wilton Park in the UK. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) considers him as one of the global influencers on the eradication of polio.
He has a Master in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA.
Sid is married and they have a son.
On 10 April 2014, he will be taking over a new role as the UNFPA(UN Population Fund) Representative for Kenya.