Maria Luisa Silva

Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva, United Nations Development Programme

Maria Luisa Silva is the Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva. She has over 25 years’ experience in UNDP and the UN system, most recently as UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Peru (2014-2015). From 2009-14 she served in UNEP as Executive Secretary for the Convention for Protection of the Marine Environment in the Mediterranean and its Commission on Sustainable Development. From 2006-09 she was UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From 1999-2006 she was seconded to OHCHR in Geneva, where she was Team Leader with the Research and Right to Development Branch (RRDB). Before this she was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Peru from 1996-1998, and held other UNDP assignments in New York, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Belize.  Prior to joining the United Nations, she was consultant on European Affairs with Deloitte at their Brussels office, and teached international law at the University of Seville (Spain).

Maria Luisa Silva holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Law from the University of Seville, and a post graduate certificate on European Integration from the College of Europe, in Bruges (Belgium).

She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.