Who are the Decision Makers?
As per well-established practice worldwide, in the Islamic Republic of Iran the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) heads the UN system. At the moment, UN in I.R. of Iran is in a transition period and there are Ad Interim RCs in place.
At the same time, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative is the Ad Interim UNDP Resident Representative. Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen assists in this function and is responsible for day to day operations of UNDP Iran.
Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen, a national of Denmark, has served with UNDP for almost 8 years in in New York and Seoul and prior to that more than 20 years as a diplomat her native country. Ms. Carlsen’s postings have been as follows:
March 2018 - Present Resident Representative a.i., UNDP, Islamic Republic of Iran
2016 - Present Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Islamic Republic of Iran
2016 - 2016 Senior Advisor, UNDP Bureau for Development Policy/Sustainable Development Cluster
2014 - 2015 Director UNDP Seoul Policy Centre for Global Development Partnerships, Rep. of Korea
2012 -2013 Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP Bureau for Development Policy/Environment and Energy Group, New York, USA
2008 - 2012 Climate Change Advisor (on secondment), UNDP Bureau for Development Policy/Environment and Energy Group, New York, USA
2001 - 2008 Deputy Head of Department for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark
1997 - 2001 Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland
1996 - 1997 Head of World Bank Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark
1993 - 1996 Deputy Head of Secretariat for the Minister for Nordic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark
1990 - 1993 1st Secretary, Embassy of Denmark, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
1988 - 1990 Desk officer, Department for Budget and Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark
1986 - 1988 Desk officer, Department for East Africa, DANIDA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ms. Carlsen holds a degree in public administration and political science Candidata Administrationis Politicae, from the University of Copenhagen where she also studied French language and culture. She also studied one year at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France, and one year at the Ed Murrow School of Journalism at Washington State University, USA.
She is accompanied with her husband, Per Martin Larsen, and has an adult son.