Alison Drayton has worked in UNDP for fifteen years in a series of functions both globally and in our region, most recently at RBLAC as Senior Advisor. In that capacity she led the formulation of Regional Human Development Report focused on multi-dimensional progress in the Caribbean for which Alison provided strategic advice to RBLAC Senior Management on engagement with Caribbean partner institutions, governments and thought leaders in the preparation of the report.
Alison also provided strategic advice on Financing for Development (FFD) issues as they concerned the Caribbean and was part of the UNDP Samoa Conference preparation team based in the Pacific to prepare UNDP’s inputs into Samoa pathway. During her last year in New York, Alison also supported BERA efforts in relation to issues of importance to the Caribbean including support and input for the EU Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) strategy post-Cotonou in close collaboration with UNDP’s Brussels office. Alison served as Director for the Division for UN Affairs (DUNA) in BERA from 2009 – 2012 leading the team working on UN reform issues and the former TCPRs. She has extensive experience in intergovernmental negotiations on UN reform, sustainable development, climate change and other key development issues. Before joining UNDP in 2001 Alison served in the Government of Guyana in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ultimately serving as Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Guyana 1997 – 2001 during which time Guyana held the chair of the G77. She has also served as a Political Officer in the Commonwealth Secretariat and was Special Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly in 1993 – 4.
Alison was in the NYU Masters Programme on Public Administration and holds BA Honors in History and Politics from the University of London.