Ms. Dafina Gercheva (Bulgaria) was appointed as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Moldova on 23rd February, 2015. As UN Resident Coordinator and designated representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ms. Dafina Gercheva is the leader of the United Nations Country Team playing a central role in coordinating the UN operational activities for development. As UNDP Resident Representative, 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 UNDP 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 B.Sc. in Economics, M.Sc. 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.