MSc Eng (electromechanics) and MSc Econ (mathematical economics); four years in academic research, of which two as Research Assistant at the Centre for Operations Research and Econometrics in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and two years as Lecturer at the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi, India.
Joined the UN Industrial Development Organization as Junior Professional Officer in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire in 1988, then a year later as Programme Manager at UNIDO HQs in Vienna, Austria. During 1989-2002 managed a portfolio of technical assistance projects in Africa and Asia in the domain of economic analysis and policy design.
Moved to Field assignments in 2003-2006 (UNIDO Representative in Vietnam) and 2006-2010 (Regional Director for south Asia).
Back to UNIDO HQs in Vienna as Director, Agribusiness Department 2010-2013, then Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation 2013-2020 when I was in charge of UNIDO's technical assistance programme worldwide. Since mid-2020 Special Advisor to the Director General on Operations Coordination and Risk Management.
Married, two adult sons. Belgian national + Overseas Citizen of India.