John Hendra

Function: Associate Researcher

Specialization: Political Science

Work areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • United Nations
  • Gender equality


since 2020German Development Institute
Associated Researcher
since 10/2018JD Hendra Strategic Consulting
11/2014-07/2018United Nations
UN Assistant Secretary-General and Senior UN Coordinator „Fit for Purpose“ for the 2030 Agenda
05/2011-11/2014UN Women
UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, UN Women
06/2006-05/2011United Nations
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative – Vietnam
06/2002-06/2006United Nations
 UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative – United Republic of Tanzania
11/1997-06/2002UN Development Programme
Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships (2000-2002) and Director, Division for Resource Mobilization (97-2002)
07/1993-10/1997United Nations
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative – Latvia
05/1989-06/1993UN Development Programme
Programme Analysis Officer, Area Officer, Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), UNDP, New York
09/1986-12/1988United Nations
Junior Professional Officer, UNDP Programme Officer – Aden, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen
09/1983-05/1985University of Toronto
Master of Arts, Political Science (International Development Studies)
09/1978-05/1982Queen’s University
Bachelor of Arts, Political Studies


  • Three Star Order of Latvia (1997)
  • Yale World Fellow (2009)
  • Vietnam’s Friendship Order (2011)