Dev is a development practitioner with the United Nations Development Programme with 15+ years of experience. Before joining UNDP China, Devanand was the Team Leader for the Southeast Asia and Pacific Cluster for the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific (RBAP) of UNDP based in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to moving to Thailand, Devanand was the Asia and Pacific Team Leader for the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) based in New York, USA. He also served as the Conflict Prevention and Recovery Advisor for Asia Pacific in BCPR.
Preceding his move to BCPR, Devanand served as the Peace and Development Specialist for UNDP Sri Lanka. His UN field experience includes serving in the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNMET) and United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK). Devanand also served as the Officer in Charge. for UNDP Maldives for 6 months. Prior to joining the UN, Devanand was attached to the Center for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka. He also consulted for several think tanks including National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and USAID. Devanand is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Virginia, USA. Devanand has extensive training and teaching experience. He was an Adjunct Professor on Peace and Development at the Centre for Global Affairs, New York University and taught a course on Applied Peace Building at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York.