Dr. Kashyap was appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, and Cayman Islands in 2011. Since then, he has been working with colleagues from nearly 21 UN agencies and other development partners in assisting the Government of Jamaica in achieving its national development priorities.
Since 2000, Dr. Kashyap has been associated with a number of highly visible UN programs related to global issues impacting developed and developing countries. He has extensive experience in managing change with multi-national teams, creating innovative partnerships, building governmental, corporate and NGO ownership of global agreements, and acting as a motivator for effective strategies.
Among his special assignments, Dr. Kashyap served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Regional Director of UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Center in Bangkok, providing strategic planning advice to improve the effectiveness of the region’s UNDP country offices. As interim head of UNDP Maldives, he supported the country’s transition to democracy, strengthening disaster risk reduction and building climate resilience.
From 1995-1999, Dr. Kashyap was Associate Director, Global Environment Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier, he oversaw capacity development activities in environment, agriculture, forestry and human health in the Asia Pacific region for the Region Office of Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux Internationals in Malaysia.
Dr. Kashyap began his career in the Indian civil service. His academic background includes a Ph.D. in economics and business administration from the East West Center and University of Hawaii, masters’ degrees in business administration, economics and physics, and a post-graduate diploma in forestry.
Dr. Kashyap’s work has been recognized by prestigious programs including the Robert McNamara World Bank Fellowship Award, the Asian Development Bank doctoral Fellowship Award, and his involvement with the Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme and the Kennedy School of Government executive program on climate change and development.
Kashyap enjoys using his knowledge and expertise on inclusive private sector development, climate change and equity to support inclusive development efforts and speaks frequently on related issues.