UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for Turkmenistan

UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan

Participating session
Plenary session
Topic: Global trends in energy markets and prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation

Christine Weigand is the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for Turkmenistan since December 2020, leading the UN country team in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework Christine Weigand is Representative for UNICEF in Turkmenistan since June 2019. Previously, she served as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iran providing overall leadership in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the UNICEF country programme in close collaboration with government partners. Ms. Weigand joined UNICEF in January 2012 as Chief Social Policy and Evaluation in Antananarivo, Madagascar. She was responsible for the technical leadership in the design and implementation of social policy, advocacy and research programmes and private sector partnerships. Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Weigand worked as Sector Economist for Social Protection and Project Manager with the KfW Entwicklungsbank, the German development bank, based in Frankfurt, Germany, between 2008 and 2011. In this capacity, she provided technical advice on social protection to all levels of German financial and technical cooperation, liaising with the Ministry of Economic and Development Cooperation, as well as Members of Parliament. She was responsible for the management of projects totaling about 50 Million EUR in education, HIV/AIDS and social protection in Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Between 2001 and 2008, Ms. Weigand worked with the World Bank, based in Washington, DC, USA, in the area of poverty reduction and social protection. She was part of the global expert team on social protection and provided technical support on social safety net programmes and public expenditure reviews of the social sectors. Ms. Weigand, a national of Austria, holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Studies from Maastricht University, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German.