Ms. Zahira Virani assumed her duties as the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in BiH in July 2012.
Prior to her assignment to BiH, Zahira served for three years as Deputy Country Director and Country Director a.i., for UNDP in Tajikistan – the largest programme in the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS. Since joining UNDP through the LEAD programme in 2002, Zahira has had two postings with the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), first as a Programme Specialist based in Panama where she provided policy advice and programmatic support in Disaster Risk Management to country offices in Latin America and the Caribbean, and more recently as Recovery Advisor based in Geneva supporting policy development and global partnerships. Between her two assignments with BCPR, Zahira served in UNDP Afghanistan as the Head of External Relations.
Before joining UNDP, Zahira spent several years working in the NGO sector. Her experience in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East includes heading the programme division for CPAR, a Canadian NGO, and spending several years in Uganda as Country Manager for the Aga Khan Foundation.
She holds a B.A. from Whittier College and an MSc. from the London School of Economics.
Zahira was born and raised in India, studied in the US, and maried a Canadian.
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