Regional Director a.i of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
Lenni Montiel served as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2015-2017). Previously, Lenni was Director of Economic, Social and Development Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2012-2014); United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan (2009-2011); Democratic Governance Group Director a.i. and Senior Policy Adviser on Local Governance and Decentralization in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (2006-2009). Prior to this, he worked as a Senior Technical Advisor with UNDP in Vietnam and in Ukraine (2000-2006).
Before joining UNDP, Lenni was a Senior Public Management Specialist in the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1999-2000). He also served as Counselor to the Executive Director for Venezuela and Panama at the Executive Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. (1992-1993).
Lenni began his career in his native Venezuela. He was General Manager of the Social Investment Fund of Venezuela (1991-1992). He also served as Coordinator of the Social Investment Programme, Office of the President of Venezuela's Commissioner on Employment Generation and Social Investment Programme (1990); Director of Social Policy, National Planning Office of the President of Venezuela (1989); Director of Planning, Ministry of Family Affairs (1987-1989) and Training Programmes Coordinator, Venezuelan Planning Institute, under the National Planning Office (1985-1987).
Lenni holds a Master of Sciences in Economics from the Belorussian Institute of National Economic Planning (former USSR), a Master of Arts on Legislative Affairs from the University of Hull (UK) and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham (UK). He speaks Spanish, English and Russian.