Bruno Pouezat, UNDP Resident Representative, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands, and UN Resident Coordinator to Jamaica
Bruno Pouezat,a national of France, started his assignment as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (RC/RR) for Jamaica in February 2016. Bruno was RC/RR ad interim for Jamaica, six months prior to his appointment. He has also served as RC/RR for Morocco, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Having started his career in 1986 as a UNDP Junior Professional Officer in Mali, he has since served UNDP in various capacities in Kuwait, Mongolia, Vietnam, Somalia, Bangladesh and Uganda. Before his career with UNDP, Bruno was a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University and served with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Scientific Attaché in the United States. A French national, Bruno has a Master of Science in Soil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, a Diplômed’Ingénieur from the EcoleSupérieure des Travaux Publics, France and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, USA. He speaks French and English.
Dr Elsie Laurence Chounoune, Deputy Resident Representative Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands
Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune is a native of Haiti where she completed her primary, secondary and part of her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Master’s in Public Administration and a PhD in Public Policy, all completed in the United States of America. Dr. Laurence-Chounoune has had a long experience with the UN System, in development, management, operations, business administration and portfolio Management. She is currently Deputy Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica. Prior to that, she was Chief, Operations and Planning Section of the Office of Information and Systems Technology of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. From 2000 to 2007 she was Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP, respectively in Central African Republic and Guinea in West Africa and Procurement Analyst for the United Nations in Angola, Africa. Dr. Laurence-Chounoune speaks Creole, French, English, and Spanish fluently and has a good working knowledge of Portuguese. She has traveled in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. She is passionate about development, particularly in exploring solutions to address sustainable development challenges. She enjoys reading, movies, traveling and spending time with her family. She is currently a black belt in Karate.