Arun Kashyap is a recognized strategic actor and big-picture thinker in inclusive and equitable development. He has worked in most regions of the world with governments, civil society, private sector and foundations on policy, capacity development, and implementing multi- sector initiatives to deliver on-the-ground outcomes. He promotes an integrated development approach and has built successful Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and partnerships among unlikely associates. He has extensive experience in managing change with multi-national teams, fostering governmental, corporate and NGO ownership of global agreements and leading them through effective strategies at the ground level.
Most recently, Arun served as United Nations Resident Coordinator & Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos and Cayman Islands from 2011-2015. Since 2000, Arun was associated with a number of highly visible UN programs to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Business Call to Action (BCtA), strengthening rule of law, enhancing access to justice, building social cohesion, combating climate change and sustaining resilience for equitable and human rights based development.
Arun has just launched an advisory company, KASHYAP DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATES, to deliver (i) Integrated analysis & Implementation of evidence-based initiatives, (ii) Partnerships, and (iii) Innovation to foster equity, strengthen welfare, and build resilience of marginalized households and communities while achieving SDGs and combating climate change in developing and middle income countries.
He is currently working on leadership strategies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. As a Visiting Scholar at the East West Center (EWC), he will mentor and coach its Leadership program participants and contribute to exploring EWC’s niche as a center of excellence for leadership training in the Asia-Pacific region.
Among prior UN special assignments, Dr Kashyap served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Regional Director of UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok worked on strategically improving the effectiveness of the region’s UNDP country offices. As interim head of UNDP Maldives, he supported the country’s transition to democracy, strengthening disaster risk reduction and climate resilience.
From 1995-1999, Arun was Associate Director, Global Environment Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier, he oversaw capacity development activities in environment, agriculture, forestry and human health in the Asia Pacific region for the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International’s Regional Office in Malaysia.
Dr. Kashyap began his career in the Indian civil service. His dedicated commitment and work have been recognized by other prestigious programs, including the Robert McNamara World Bank Fellowship Award, the Asian Development Bank doctoral Fellowship Award, Commonwealth Fellowship, EWC Fellowship Award, and his involvement with the Prince of Wales’s Business & Environment Programme and the Kennedy School of Government executive program on climate change and development.
Arun’s academic background includes a PhD in economics & business administration from the East West Centre and University of Hawaii, masters’ degrees in business administration, economics, and physics, and a post-graduate diploma in Forestry.