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Mariam Kakkar Chief Talent Development Unit - Office of Human Resources at UNDP


Mariam Kakkar is a talent management professional with over 17 years of experience in the public sector. She has spent the last 14 years working in the UN system at UNDP, UNICEF and United Nations Population Fund in the areas of organizational development, integrated talent career development, executive succession planning, knowledge management, innovation, employee engagement and leadership development.

Mariam leads the Talent Development Unit at UNDP, which is responsible for developing individual, team and organizational capabilities to meet the organization’s strategic mission. The team leads the creation of processes, ecosystems and tools to enable a culture of continuous learning, knowledge sharing and innovation for UNDP’s 18, 000 global employees.

Before joining the UN, Mariam worked at the Center for Learning and Performance @Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and the Ministry of Education of Quebec. She has a doctorate in Educational Technology from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.