UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Uzbekistan Ms. Helena Fraser (United Kingdom) assumed duties as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Uzbekistan in July 2017. Prior to this appointment, Helena served for twenty years with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Most recently, she headed OCHA’s Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in Amman (2014-2017), prior to which she established and led OCHA’s Partnerships & Resource Mobilization Branch in Geneva (2012-2014), serving simultaneously as Chief, Private Sector Section. From 2008-2012 Helena was Chief of OCHA’s Donor Relations Section and from 2002-2008 she served in a variety of positions with OCHA in Geneva and New York. In earlier roles, Helena was seconded to the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (2001-2002), and also briefly to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (1999). Helena began her career with OCHA as a Field Adviser in Georgia (1997-1998) before she moved to New York as a Desk Officer for Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (1999-2000).
Helena holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Oxford University in the UK and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Language and Literature, also from Oxford University.
She speaks English, French and Russian.