31 Oct 2014
Head of Mitrovica Regional Office
Renuka Chidambaram assumed her duties as Head of the Mitrovica Regional Office in October 2014.
Previously, she served as the Principal Political Adviser and Chief of Staff to the Head of Mission at the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Her other past positions include: Senior Political Adviser to the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political) at the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS); Senior Political Adviser to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Rule of Law), and Head of the Political and Governance Reform Unit, at the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); and Head of the State Office at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
In addition to her UN experience, she also served for more than 25 years as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), and for 12 years as an English-language news anchor on Indian national television.
Ms. Chidambaram holds two Master's Degrees in International Relations, one from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and the other from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. She also holds a law degree and diplomas in French and German.