David Bearfield

David Bearfield

SpecialityDirector of the Office of Human Resources, UNDP

David Bearfield (who is British and Swedish) is Director of the  Office of Human Resources (OHR) at the United Nations Development Programme, based in New York City. 

He is currently leading the implementation of UNDP’s People Strategy, People for 2030, a transformative programme which aims to improve UNDP’s capacity and culture to deliver better development results. 

David previously served as the Director of the European Personnel Selection Office for the EU Institutions, where he was responsible for policy, strategy, and operations for selection and recruitment, as well as providing a range of learning and development services. 

Prior to this, David held many positions within the European Commission, including as a member of the Private Office of two Vice-Presidents, and Head of Internal Communication and Information Management Division. He began his career working in the Civil Service Fast Stream with the UK Permanent Representation to the EU and with the UK Department of Transport.

Areas of expertise include the improvement and modernisation of complex, large-scale systems, processes, and procedures in HR. He is a global thought leader and advocate of best practice in the area of recruitment.

David is originally from the UK, and obtained a first class degree in modern languages from the University of Salford. He is married with three children and two step-children, and has a wide range of interests, including photography, cycling, playing drums and football.

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