The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Executive Board

The Executive Board provides intergovernmental support and supervision for the activities of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS in accordance with the policy guidance of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the United Nations Charter.

Regional groups 2024

African States
(8 members)

Cameroon (2024)
Chad (2024)
Côte d'Ivoire (2024)
Ethiopia (2025)
Kenya (2024)
Lesotho (2024)
Nigeria (2026)*
Tunisia (2026)***

Asia-Pacific States

(7 members)

Bangladesh (2026)*
China (2025)*
Kazakhstan (2024)
Myanmar (2024)
Nauru (2026) ***
Republic of Korea (2025)
Qatar (2024)

Eastern European States

(4 members)

Republic of Moldova (2025)
Romania (2026)***
Slovakia (2025)
Ukraine (2024)

Latin America and Caribbean States

(5 members)

Colombia (2025)
Costa Rica (2024)
Brazil (2026)***
Ecuador (2025)
Jamaica (2026)***

Western European and other States

(12 members)**

France (2026)***
Canada (2024)
Germany (2024)
Iceland (2026)*
Italy (2025)
Japan (2025)
Netherlands (Kingdom of the) (2024)
Norway (2025)
Portugal (2026)***
Sweden (2024)
United Kingdom (2026)*
United States (2025)

Term expires on last day of the year indicated.
* Re-elected
** The Group of Western Europe and Other States has its own rotation scheme
***Newly elected for 2024-2026

  • Bureau members for 2024

    • President - H.E. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Muhith, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations (Group of Asia-Pacific States)
    • Vice-President - H.E. Ms. Leonor Zalabata Torres, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States)
    • Vice-President - H.E. Mr. Cornel Feruță, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations (Group of Eastern European States)
    • Vice-President – H.E. Mr. Tesfaye Yilma Sabo, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations (Group of African States)
    • Vice-President - H.E. Mr. Thomas Zahneisen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations (Group of Western Europe and Other States)


  • Updates


The Economic and Social Council elects members of the Executive Board every year. The Board is comprised of representatives from 36 countries who serve on a rotating basis. The Executive Board Bureau is comprised of one President and four Vice-Presidents, elected from the members at the first regular session each year, taking into account the need for equitable geographical representation.

The Executive Board ensures that UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS remain responsive to the evolving needs of programme countries, and supports UNOPS efforts to share expertise in infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

The Executive Board has provided UNOPS with support and oversight functions since UNOPS separated from UNDP in 1995 and became an independent, self-financing organization.

The Executive Director of UNOPS reports directly to the UN Secretary-General and the Executive Board, and has the authority to sign host country agreements and appoint UNOPS representatives in the field.

Secretariat of the Executive Board (UNOPS)

Ms. Hafida Lahiouel

Director, Officer in Charge,
New York Board and External Relations Office

Mr. Dragan Micic

Partnerships Advisor
Tel: +1 212 457 1877 | +1 917 463 755

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