Country Representative

Anders Thomsen

Mr. Anders Thomsen has more than 25 years of experience in Development and Humanitarian Assistance, with a commitment to promoting Human Right, Reproductive Health and Poverty Reduction. He is the UNFPA Representative to Somalia since March 2019.

Mr. Anders Thomsen has more than 25 years of experience in Development and Humanitarian Assistance, with a commitment to promoting Human Right, Reproductive Health and Poverty Reduction. He is the UNFPA Representative to Somalia since March 2019.

He served the prior five years as UNFPA Representative to Palestine with a focus on addressing Humanitarian and Development challenges related to Population Dynamics, Youth, Reproductive Health and combatting Gender-Based Violence. Prior to that, Mr. Anders Thomsen was the UNFPA Deputy Representative for India and Bhutan. Prior to his assignment in India he worked at UNDP’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office, where he was Senior Portfolio Manager for $700 million dollar MDG Achievement Fund.  At the same time, he led the development of new system for administration of Multi-Donor and Multi-Agency Trust Funds in the UN system.  

He has previously served as Resource Mobilization Specialist for UNFPA and as Programme Specialist in the Asia Pacific Division, where he covered South-East Asia during the Indian Ocean Tsunami crisis.  Before joining UNFPA he spent six years with UNOPS both at Headquarters and in Eastern/Southern Africa where he focused on nationally implemented loans and grants from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  

Earlier Mr. Thomsen worked for several companies in the Private Sector. Mr. Thomsen has been stationed in various countries across three continents; Africa, Asia and Latin America. He holds a double major in International Development Studies and Business Administration. He is a national of Denmark.

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