Kundhavi Kadiresan

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Assistant Director-General, Regional Representative for Asia and Pacific


Ms. Kadiresan, a development economist, has over 25 years of experience working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Prior to joining FAO she had a long career with the World Bank Group, leading high-level policy dialogue and managing large loan portfolios.
As FAO Assistant Director General for Asia and Pacific since September 2015, Ms. Kadiresan’s primary objectives are to advocate FAO’s policies, assist in regional norms and standards setting and support the SDG’s and the Climate Change Agenda. She oversees FAO’s country offices in the Region managing over 300 technical projects on nutrition, agriculture, water, forestry, fisheries and climate change.