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In Memoriam -
In remembrance of those members of the UN Family who lost their lives
in the earthquake in Haiti, 12 January 2010

Satnam Singh, 1965 - 2010

IT Technician/International Contractor from Trigyn Technologies, Inc. (India)

Mr. Satnam Singh

Satnam Singh, a national of India, worked for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since 2009. He was part of the Communications and Information Technology Help Desk team stationed at Christopher Hotel, the headquarters of MINUSTAH. He was employed as an international contractor from Trigyn Technologies, Inc.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, economics, political science and computer science from Guru Nanak Dev University in Punjab, India in 1989, Satnam went on to work in the IT industry for 15 years as computer instructor, programmer and network/system administrator. During this time, he kept improving his professional skills and was certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate.

He started working in Haiti in 1998 as an IT specialist with Alpha General Assembly Haiti. For the next 10 years, he stayed with the company in Haiti. After getting married, he moved to Canada and lived there for six months before getting an offer with Trigyn Technologies, Inc., to work in MINUSTAH.

Satnam was “an intelligent, loyal, hard-working and warm person,” a colleague described.

He spoke English, Hindi, Punjabi and Creole.

In the short time Satnam worked in MINUSTAH, he was able to “gain the respect and admiration of his colleagues and peers,” said one of his colleagues.

“He was very jovial and always smiled,” said another. “I knew him only for a month, but he was very close to me.”

“He enjoyed life in the present and liked to have a get-together at least twice a week where he prepared delicious food for his friends,” another colleague recalled.

Satnam is survived by his wife, Pordeguine Singh, and daughter, Sarish, who live in Canada, and his mother, Daljeet Kaur, who resides in Punjab, India.