UN Resident Coordinator for DPR Korea: Mr. Tapan Mishra
Mr. Tapan Mishra has been UN Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNDP Resident Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since May 2015.
As the RC, he leads the UN DPRK Country team (UNCT), and is the designated representative of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely with the national government, the RC and the UNCT advocate the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family. The RC aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. As UN RC, he is the Chair of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) comprising all agencies in DPRK working on humanitarian issues and mandates. He is also the Designated Official (DO) for Security, responsible for the safety and security of all UN staff and their dependents in DPRK.
Mr. Tapan Mishra joined UNDP in 2003 as the Learning Advisor and Deputy Chief of the
Learning Resources Centre (LRC) in the Office of Human Resources, Bureau of Management. In July 2007, he was appointed the Director and Chief of LRC. In 2013, he was placed in the Business Solutions Exchange in the Bureau of Management and served on numerous assignments as Senior Advisor at Country Offices as well as in Headquarters at UNDP Security Office and the Human Development Report Office. In January 2015, he joined the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support as Senior Advisor to the Director and Deputy Director.
Before joining UNDP, Mr. Mishra was the Vice President (Consulting) at Grow Talent Co. Ltd at Gurgaon, India and prior to that, a Faculty Member at Infosys Leadership Institute, Mysore, India. Mr. Mishra started his career in 1984 as a human resource (HR) professional in Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (erstwhile Burma Shell Co), where he was the Head of Industrial Relations of the Northern Region in India. He then became the All India Training Manager and finally as Internal Coach for Organizational Learning and Change Management.
A Management Postgraduate from XLRI, Jamshedpur, a premier Business School in India, Mr. Mishra has also been active in academia through teaching HR Management at leading
institutions in India, like NMIMS, Mumbai and in the US e.g. at Columbia University, School
for International and Public Affairs (SIPA).