United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Wednesday (3rd) that Xu Haoliang, the assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, who is a Chinese national, also serves as the director of the Policy and Programme Support Bureau of the United Nations Development Programme.
Xu Haoliang succeeded Abdoulaye Mar Dieye from Senegal. Diye was transferred to the Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator at the Assistant Secretary-General level.
According to public information, Xu Haoliang has been the Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for the United Nations Development Programme at the Assistant Secretary-General level since 2013. He joined the United Nations Development Programme in 1994 and has over 25 years of experience in international development and has worked at United Nations Headquarters, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, including New York, Iran, East Timor, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
Guterres: Xu Haoliang provides influential development solutions
In a statement of appointment, Guterres said that Xu Haoliang led a large-scale change process in multiple mission areas, established a high-performance team, and significantly improved efficiency. He values a clear strategic vision, a culture of collaboration, and a mindset of continuous innovation, working with colleagues to deliver influential development solutions.
It is understood that Xu Haoliang graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai, and obtained a master’s degree in management science from Stevens Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. Prior to joining the United Nations in 1996, Xu Haoliang worked in the civil engineering field in China and the United States.