Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands (Republic of), Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau (Associate Member), Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Nisha brings over 35 years of experience to her current role as the Director of the Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States. In her current role, Nisha has been forging regional and national collaborations and partnerships for building resilient and dynamic communities in the Pacific. She has been leading and coordinating UNESCO’s programmatic work covering education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and information and communication while ensuring alignment of UNESCO’s presence with the UN System in the Pacific. She has been recalibrating the Office for the Pacific States to focus on the long-term purpose of the Organization while tending to the urgent operational issues for bringing the Organization closer to the Member States to meet their needs.
Nisha’s overall work has been centred on multi-sector development, humanitarian action, labour and human rights, peacebuilding, and local, national, and regional capacity building. Prior to working with UNESCO, Nisha worked internationally with Oxfam GB, Christian Aid, UNDP, UNIFEM, and the ILO in several countries in the East and Horn of Africa, South Asia, and Arab States, and with civil society organizations in India.