The United Nations Development Programme has announced the appointment of Mr. Stephen Rodriques as its new Resident Representative for Liberia. Mr. Rodriques previously served as UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda.
A native of Jamaica, Rodriques replaces Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai, who has ended his 4-year tour of duty in Liberia and now appointed Resident Representative in Sierra Leone.
Prior to his service as Country Director for UNDP Rwanda (2015-2018), Rodriques was UNDP Deputy Country Director in Indonesia (2010-2015).
He worked as Programme Advisor in the Operations Support Group/Executive Office in UNDP New York and was also Head of the Governance and Poverty Unit in UNDP Jamaica (2002-2005) and a part-time Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West Indies (2004-2005).
Prior to joining UNDP, Stephen occupied various positions in the Jamaican Government, serving as Director of Social Policy in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development (1999-2000), Head of Planning and Development in the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (1996-1999), and Assistant to the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (1993-1995).
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and both a Master of Philosophy in Government and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. He speaks English and Spanish.