Director, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan
In January 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Derk Segaar as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi, covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Mr. Segaar has worked for more than 10 years for the United Nations, especially in humanitarian affairs and peacekeeping, both at Headquarters in New York and in numerous field operations in Africa – including Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Somalia – as well as in West-Africa during the Ebola crisis.
From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Segaar was the Global Head of Communications of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York, where he directly managed its global media and communications activities.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Segaar worked as communications specialist in the private sector and for various advocacy organizations and think tanks in the Netherlands, and at New York and Columbia Universities.
Mr. Segaar holds master’s degrees in urban development from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and in international affairs from Columbia University (United States). He was awarded a Fulbright and a Columbia University scholarship.