Nicola Harrington-Buhay

Nicola Harrington-Buhay

Deputy Executive Coordinator
United Nations Volunteers

The Program widened the prisms through which I see things…I realized it’s not always about succeeding but about learning from experiences.

Nicola is the Deputy Director of the OECD Development Centre. The Centre fosters peer exchange between OECD, emerging and developing economies on effective approaches to development, delivering new evidence, applying strategic foresight and fostering learning across a broad range of stakeholders. Prior to joining the OECD, Nicola was the United Nations Resident Coordinator to the Republic of Moldova, coordinating UN activities in development and human rights, including the UN’s engagement in confidence building with the Transnistrian region. Previously, based in Brussels, she led the UN’s policy engagement with the European Union. She was also UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia and Montenegro and Director for Resources Mobilization for the UN Development Programme where she contributed to deep-seated internal reforms and helped UNDP attain its highest levels of core resources. She held UNDP management positions in Nicaragua, Malawi and Argentina. Prior to serving in the UN, Nicola worked for the Bank of England, specializing in financial trade liberalization and building bridges between government and industry positions in international negotiations. In 2012, she was co-winner of the Haldane Prize for innovation in public administration. A national of the United Kingdom, Nicola holds a Master in Public Administration from the Warwick Business School and a Master of Science (Econ) in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

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