About us

Who are the decision makers?

The UNDP Resident Representative acts on behalf of the UNDP Administrator, and is the head of the country office being ultimately responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions, including UNDP policies and procedures.

Within the framework of the UNDP Country Programme Document 2016-2020, UNDP Maldives works in partnership with the Government of Maldives and associated ministries to prepare a number of programmes and projects that support development interventions. As the government coordinating agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guides the implementation of the programme and coordinates the cross-sectoral linkages, to support national ownership and accountability.

In addition to government of Maldives, UNDP also maintains strong partnerships with:

  • Civil Society, Non-Governmental Organisations and Community-based Organisations
  • Bilateral and Multi-lateral Partners
  • Private Sector
  • The UN Country Team

Meet The Decisionmakers


Enrico Gaveglia

Resident Representative, UNDP Maldives


Enrico Gaveglia is the current Resident Representative of UNDP Maldives, and presented his credentials on 4th October 2021. 

Mr. Gaveglia is an experienced development professional with over 16 years of experience in the United Nations system, having served in leadership roles at UNDP in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Sudan. During his illustrious tenure at UNDP, Mr. Gaveglia has offered his support to Governments, the UN system and UNDP in several capacities across regions, in aid of countries and offices in transformation and complex development settings including crisis and post conflict. Mr. Gaveglia is a regular outposted resource of UNDP Bureau of Management, Crisis Bureau, an innovation advocate for the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Innovation Centre, and has lived the last 11 years in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Prior to UNDP, Mr. Gaveglia worked for over five years with the European Union in the former regional delegation to India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives, as well as in the European Agency for Reconstruction in Montenegro and North Macedonia. He started his career as Lieutenant in the Italian Ministry of Defense in 1999. Mr. Gaveglia, an Italian national, holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Florence, Italy. 

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Vera Hakim

Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Maldives


Ms. Vera Hakim, an Indonesian national, has over 10 years work experience with UNDP and the United Nations. She was appointed as the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative to the Maldives in 2019. Prior to this appointment, she worked with the UNDP Bureau for Policy Programme Support (BPPS) in New York since 2009 as the Operation Specialist for the global health that included the vertical fund portfolio from the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM).

Prior to New York, she worked with UNDP Indonesia as the National Programme Manager for Gender and HIV since 2004. Before joining the UNDP, she worked with AusAID/ DFAT in Indonesia, ASEAN Secretariat and various UN agencies including UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR and UNAIDS secretariat. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

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Our Management Team

Operations Manager - Position Vacant

Ahmed Shifaz - Assistant Resident Representative Resilience and Climate Change

Yasmeen Rasheed -  Assistant Resident Representative Integrated Governance Programme

Mohamed Shahudh – Head of the Economist Team

Aminath Sanu Ibrahim – Head of Communications

Khadeeja Hamid/ Hussain Rasheed/ Fathimath Lahfa - Accelerator Lab Heads

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