Head of Department
Ms. Ameerah Haq became the Head of the Department of Field Support on 11 June 2012, following the departure of Under-Secretary-General Susana Malcorra.
Ameerah Haq, Head of the Department of Field Support.
Since 2009, Ms. Haq (Bangladesh) was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).
She has previously held the positions of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General as well as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan and before that as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan.
Ms. Haq brings to the position extensive management and operational experience at the senior level, supporting complex mission deployments and transition activities, including crisis management.
She was formerly Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau of Crisis Prevention & Recovery, at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Headquarters in New York.
She served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Malaysia from 1994 to 1997 and in the same capacity in Laos from 1991 to 1994.
Ms. Haq worked in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP Headquarters in various capacities from 1980-1990, which included responsibilities for aid coordination mechanisms and as Desk Officer for Thailand, Myanmar and Bhutan. She also had an assignment with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) from 1985 to 1987. She started her career in 1976 as a Junior Professional Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia and was transferred to Afghanistan as Assistant Resident Representative in 1978.
Ms. Haq has overall 37 years of United Nations career service (19 in the field and 18 at headquarters) and is a seasoned and skilled negotiator as well as consensus-builder.
Ms. Haq holds master's degrees in community organization and planning and in business administration from Columbia University and New York University, respectively. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Western College in Oxford, Ohio. Ms. Haq has two children.