Secretary-General appoints Stefan Priesner of Austria United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran
18 August 2021
On 16 August, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Stefan Priesner of Austria as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran, with the host Government’s approval.
Mr. Priesner has extensive experience in international development and management, including providing policy advice to governments and overseeing the formulation and delivery of a range of complex, multi-disciplinary development programmes. At the United Nations, he most recently served as Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and Singapore, a role he previously held while also serving as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the same duty station. Before that, he was the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan. This assignment followed other senior roles he held at UNDP, including Country Director in Bangladesh, Deputy Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Deputy Chief of the Sub-regional Resource Facility for South and West Asia in Nepal, and Head of UNDP’s Governance Unit in Bhutan.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Priesner worked in the private sector.
He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University in the United States as well as a master’s degree in law from the University of Vienna in Austria.