Richard Dictus

Richard Dictus

NU Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in the Arab Republic of Egypt


From 8 May 2020 Richard temporarily took up the position of DRSRG/HC/RC at UNAMI in Baghdad. Since the 1st of January 2019, Richard has been the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Egypt. This is a continuation of the assignment he already held since January 2017, but without operational responsibilities for UNDP.
In Baghdad, Richard faces the immediate challenge of managing a Humanitarian Response Plan with a new Interim Administration, ceased with a triple security, economic and COVID crisis.
Bringing both the Humanitarian and UN Country Team together to respond to immediate vulnerabilities and growing fragility, is constrained due to the national COVID lockdown and duty of care issues for staff in a complex mission environment.
For the last 3 years, positioning the UN system in a fast-paced evolving human rights, stability and development scenario in Egypt, has posed its own challenges. The new UN Partnership Framework with Egypt, developed under his leadership, generates a focus on the major disparities in society and the empowerment of women. As Executive Coordinator of UNV (2013-16), he stabilized the organization operationally and financially during the UN budgetary crisis. Engaging with the corporate sector, volunteer involving organizations and global civil society, he drove innovation with new products and services and a strong civic engagement agenda.
Richard was UNRC / UNDP RR in Fiji, where he developed several innovative approaches to UN System coherence across 16 Pacific Countries and with 15 UN agencies. Richard furthermore served as UNRC/ UNDP RR in Malawi, where he supported on of the first Delivering as One (DaO) efforts, including creating a One UN Fund that attracted over its lifetime over US$200Mln..
He joined UNIDO in 1987 and he has subsequently been assigned with UNDP to countries in Arab States, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. As a UNDP Assistant Resident Representative and later Deputy Resident Representative, he worked amongst other issues on climate change, environment and natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, poverty reduction, private sector development, employment generation, youth development, and child labor.
Exceptional in a UN leadership trajectory, Mr. Dictus held specific management and administrative positions which broadened his organizational outlook beyond development substance. He has been UNDP’s Deputy Director for Human Resources in NY, where he gained experience in organizational change management, accountability and the facilitation of organizational dynamics. Richard graduated from the Technical University of Twente with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Development Studies. He furthered his education at Harvard/MIT, Cornell and the United Nations Staff College.

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Workshop: Technology Forecast & Foresight

  • 13 September, 2020
  • 10:00 - 14:30
  • Main Room