Nicola Harrington-Buhay is the designated Representative of the UN Secretary-General and United Nations Resident Coordinator to the Republic of Moldova. As such, she leads the United Nations Country Team, coordinating the UN operational activities for development and spearheading the “Delivering as One” UN reform effort. Previously she was Deputy Director of the United Nations/UN Development Programme Office in Brussels. She led the United Nations’ engagement on development policy with institutions of the European Union. Previous to that she was the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia and Montenegro where she led the UN’s activities in the country. Other positions include Director of fundraising for UNDP where she contributed to deep-seated institutional reforms and helped UNDP attain its highest levels of core resources; and managerial positions in Nicaragua, Malawi and Argentina. Prior to joining the UN, Ms Harrington-Buhay worked for the Bank of England, specialising in liberalisation of trade in financial services, and solutions to Latin American indebtedness.
Ms Harrington-Buhay holds a Master of Public Administration from Warwick Business School and a Master of Science (Econ) in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. She has co-authored research on British preparations for European integration, human security, public value and leadership in a post-crisis setting, and the UN-EU partnership; and is a recognized expert on the role of the EU in the UN. She sits on the international advisory board of the GRASP research programme on “Changing Multilateralism: The EU as a Global-Regional Actor in Security and Peace” and is a World Fellow of Yale University.