Peter Batchelor of South Africa was appointed as the Regional Manager for UNDP Pacific Centre in July 2013.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Batchelor served in UNDP's Iraq Country Office first as the Deputy Country Director (Programme) and then as the Country Director.
Before joining the Iraq office he was the Chief of the Conflict Prevention and Recovery Team in UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in Geneva and New York. In this role he managed the provision of UNDP’s technical assistance to more than 50 conflict-affected crisis countries. While he was with BCPR between 2004 and 2010 Mr. Batchelor helped establish the Pacific regional Security Sector Governance programme. He also worked extensively with UNDP's PNG country office and helped finalize a strategic partnership between BCPR and the country office in 2009. Between 2008 and 2010 he also served as the co-chair of the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility based in Paris, France.
Prior to joining UNDP in 2004, Mr. Batchelor had an academic career in South Africa, the UK and Switzerland. He was the Project Director of the Small Arms Survey project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland between 2000 and 2004. Prior to 2000 he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. During this period he was also an advisor to the Mandela Government on Economic and Security issues.
Mr. Batchelor has written and published widely on global and African economic and security issues, including three volumes on ‘Demilitarisation and Peace-Building in Southern Africa’ (co-edited with Kees Kingma), published in 2004.
Mr. Batchelor holds a BA (Honours) in Political Studies and Economics from the University of Cape Town, and an M.Phil. and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
He is married and has one child