Douglas Passanisi

Douglas earned his doctorate in adult education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he was also an instructor. He was a Fulbright Scholar and has been a UNSSC/UNDGO-DOCO CCA/UNDAF, RBM, and BOS facilitator and resource person since 1998, facilitating over 50 UNCTs in the formulation of strategies and joint workplans. He was a member of the UNDG training team for RCs and UNCT leadership. In the field, he served as Chief in the RCO Mozambique, leading teams in post-conflict peace keeping, demobilization and reintegration, and humanitarian contexts. He also advised UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA and UNDP in the establishment of UNDG regional hubs.

Most recently, Douglas served as the Chief of Staff to UNDP’s ASG External Affairs and Advocacy, overseeing UNDP partnership agreements, 8 global offices in donor capitals, external communications, inter-agency affairs, and non-member state partners. He has worked with UNDP’s Executive Board, DESA and was a member of the SG’s task force to establish UN Women. Douglas retired in 2014 and has continued to support the UNDG Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, UNDP, UNFPA, UNSSC, DOCO, WFP, and DESA.