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 2023

African States
(8 members)

Algeria (2023)
Cameroon (2024)
Chad (2024)
Côte d’Ivoire (2024)
Ethiopia (2025)***
Kenya (2024)
Lesotho (2024)
Nigeria (2023)

Asia-Pacific States

(7 members)

Bangladesh (2023)
China (2025)*
Iran (Islamic Republic of) (2023)
Kazakhstan (2024)
Myanmar (2024)
Republic of Korea (2025)***
Qatar (2024)

Eastern European States

(4 members)

Republic of Moldova (2025)***
Russian Federation (2023)
Slovakia (2025)***
Ukraine (2024)

Latin America and Caribbean States

(5 members)

Colombia (2025)*
Costa Rica (2024)
Cuba (2023)
Ecuador (2025)***
Guatemala (2023)

Western European and other States

(12 members)**

Belgium (2023)
Canada (2024)
Denmark (2024)
Germany (2024)
Iceland (2023)
Ireland (2023)
Japan (2025)*
Norway (2025)*
Sweden (2024)
Türkiye (2025)***
United Kingdom (2023)
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 2023-2025

  • Bureau members for 2023

    • President (Group of African States) - H.E. Mr. Martin KIMANI, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

    • Vice-President (Group of Asia-Pacific States) - H.E. Mr. Muhammad Abdul MUHITH, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh

    • Vice-President (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States) - H.E. Ms. Maritza CHAN, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica

    • Vice-President (Group of Eastern European States) - H.E. Mr. Sergiy KYSLYTSYA, Permanent Representative of Ukraine

    • Vice-President (Group of Western Europe and Other States) - H.E. Mr. Feridun SINIRLIOĞLU, Permanent Representative of Türkiye


    • Election of the 2023 Bureau: 10 January 2023
    • First regular session: 30 January-3 February 2023
    • Annual session: 5 June-9 June 2023
    • Second regular session: 28 August - 1 September 2023


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)

Mr. William Axelsson
Head of the UNOPS New York Board and External Relations Office
Tel: +1 917 957 1592

Mr. Dragan Micic
Partnerships Advisor
Tel: +1 212 457 1877 | +1 917 463 755

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