Doug Passanisi

Dear long lost but not forgotten CIE friends, 

Since the last update in 2008, I retired from the UN as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretariat General for UNDP’s partnerships and resource mobilization division.  I continue to consult for the UN, coaching country and agency teams as well as co-teaching leadership and management courses for the UN Staff College. I have been facilitating a host of virtual teams throughout the pandemic, mostly regarding psychological safety, communication, strategic planning, and imagining a future office.


I am a group advisor/coach for retirement transitioning (having lived through it myself) and still use some of David Kinsey’s creative thinking models!


Based in the Bronx at 67 (who knew?), I continue to have a residence in Mozambique and visit yearly (except, of course, in 2020).  [3-21]


Earlier he reported

After getting my Ed.D. in 1990, I spent some 18 years in crisis and transition countries, the past 10 of which have focused extensively on UN programme and policy reform with UN Country Teams in southern/eastern Africa and Latin America. I have also been fortunate enough to have managed country/regional offices for private consulting firms and directed education projects for USAID, NGOs, and the US Peace Corps. Most challenging were my roles in post-apartheid educational programmes in South Africa, peacekeeping operations and elections, and humanitarian coordination crisis teams following the 2000 floods in Mozambique.


I worked as the Deputy Director for UN Affairs at the UN Development Programme. I have been a UN programme strategist and change management adviser in over 40 countries and had the opportunity to lead a UN inter-agency team with host governments and donors on the simplification and harmonization of UN development programming. Having learned from those lecturer and group dynamics days at UMass, I serve as a facilitator with the UN System Staff College in Turin, and dedicate most of my workday to external relations, strategic planning, and partnership building initiatives spanning five geographic regions.


Always looking for new challenges, I am back at school part-time pursuing interests in corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. I continue to be a permanent resident of Mozambique, but am now at UNDP Headquarters in New York. I hope to hear from you! [6-08] 




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