Ms. Dafina Gercheva (Bulgaria) serves as UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova, as of 1st of January 2019, after having served as both UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative since her appointment on 23rd of February 2015.
In her role, Ms. Gercheva is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions, including corporate policies and procedures.
Prior to this appointment, Dafina was Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Management, UNDP (2012-2015). Ms. Gercheva served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Armenia during the period 2010-2012. From 2002 until 2009 she worked in UNDP Regional Support Center in Bratislava, Slovakia as Senior Policy Adviser on Democratic Governance, Local Development and Decentralization and Capacity Development. Dafina joined UNDP Bulgaria initially as Sustainable Development Policy Specialist in 1994 and few years later became the Head of UNDP program. During her assignment in Bulgaria she was also a lead trainer at the Environment Management Training Workshops in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Moldova.
Dafina holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Master of Science in Political Economy and Sociology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria. She also holds Diplomas in Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School and in Environmental Economics for Development Policy, World Bank Institute, Washington, DC. Dafina was Visiting Fulbright Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, University College London, and Oxford Colleges.
Ms. Gercheva is married with two children. She speaks Russian and English.