Rita Sciarra is an expert in international development and serves as Team Lead for inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Hub in Panama. She previously served as Strategic Advisor with the UNDP in Mexico supporting the country during its economic recovery process after the earthquake in 2018. Originally from Italy, she is fluent in four languages, with more than 14 years of experience in three different continents, in post-conflict and normal development conditions.
Prior to this, Rita served as Head of Poverty Reduction with UNDP in Haiti. She has managed a portfolio of projects to ensure the transition from emergency to development, with a special focus on economic development and social inclusion, improving the lives and opportunities of thousands of people.
Rita Sciarra grew up in Calabria in the south of Italy. She has worked in Bolivia, India, Dominican Republic, and also Haiti after the earthquake. She is a big believer in the United Nations.