Balakrishnan Amirthalingam is the Chief of Regional Procurement Office (RPO) of the UN Procurement Division. He is responsible to streamline procurement services in Central and Eastern African missions and offices through joint acquisition and by establishing regional and mission-specific systems contracts.
He has been working for the UN for 24 years and served as Chief Procurement Officer for 14 years in UNFICYP (Cyprus), MINUSTAH (Haiti) and UNDOF (Syria). He also worked in UN-ICTY (The Hague), in UNOG (Geneva) and in IAPSO/ UNDP (Copenhagen). Before joining the UN, he worked as Joint Director in a Public Sector Enterprise of the Government of India. He acquired his Master’s degree from IIT Delhi, and is a Mechanical Engineering graduate.