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Ms. Haiyan Qian was appointed by the Secretary-General as Director of DESA’s Division for Public Administration & Development Management (DPADM), in 2009. Ms. Qian has been engaged in the last 28 years in issues related to public policy and governance. Since joining the Department, Ms. Qian has served as Chief of DPADM’s Knowledge Management Branch and Chief Manager of the United Nations Public Administration Network.

Prior to that, she worked for other United Nations agencies, such as the Centre for Science and Technology for Development and UNEP’s Centre on Environmentally Sound Technology in Japan. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Qian worked for the Chinese Government in the area of science and technology for development and served in the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations based in New York twice, covering the United Nations Second Committee on Social and Economic Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Beijing, China and her Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.