Nardos Bekele-Thomas is the resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the resident coordinator of the United Nations system in Kenya. She is a seasoned and experienced UN official and was until recently serving in a similar capacity in Benin.
Bekele-Thomas has conducted extensive research on private sector development, supported the strengthening of African business associations, provided advisory services and played advocacy role in the promotion of women and youth empowerment and the development and management of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises. Based on her strong belief, she has carried out policy studies and developed programs on the promotion of entrepreneurship and business skills training for employment and job creation. As Chief Technical Advisor, she has served the Government of Uganda (1994-98), and played an advocacy and advisory role in favor of youth enterprise development, private sector development, rural socio-economic transformation and effective Decentralized Governance.
Bekele-Thomas has a master’s degree in Economic Development, Monetary Economics and Econometrics from New York University (NYU) and a PhD candidate also at NYU. She is the author of several papers and monographs and she is fully bilingual in French and English.