UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia
Louisa Vinton is the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia. Previously she served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from November 2013 to October 2018 and Croatia from July 2010 to June 2014.
Her first post with UNDP was as Division Chief in the Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia in New York, starting in February 2004, where she was responsible for UNDP activities in seven countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine. She also led UN coordination on issues related to the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986.
Before joining UNDP, Louisa worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit for nine years, first as Editor of the weekly newsletter Business Eastern Europe and Editor in Chief of the company's East European business publishing operations in Vienna, and later as head of the company's Executive Services unit in New York.
Between 1988 and 1994 Louisa worked as a Senior Research Analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc., in Munich, specializing in coverage of Polish politics and economics.
She holds a B.A. in Russian Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in History from the University of Michigan. As well as English, she speaks conversational Croatian, German, Polish and Russian.