Our Team in Haiti

Ulrika Richardson

Ulrika Richardson

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator
Ms. Richardson brings to this position more than 30 years of hands-on development, humanitarian and political experience, with in-depth understanding of United Nations missions through her close engagement with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), where she has served as the United Nations Development Coordinator since 2018. Prior to that, she was Resident Coordinator in Cabo Verde (2013-2018). She also served as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Gabon (2012-2013), Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey (2007-2012) and in Cuba (2004-2007), where she also worked on regional disaster preparedness. She joined the Organization in 1995 as a United Nations Volunteer.
María Isabel Salvador

María Isabel Salvador

Special Representative of the Secretary-General ​and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH)
On 1 March, Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of María Isabel Salvador of Ecuador as his Special Representative for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).

Ms. Salvador will succeed Helen Meagher La Lime of the United States to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and steadfast commitment to the work of the United Nations in Haiti.

Ms. Salvador brings to this position over 25 years of experience in managerial, advisory, political, and diplomatic functions.

She has served as President of the Governing Council of the Galapagos (2013-2015), Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the Organization of American States (2010-2013), Member of the Andean Parliament (2009-2010), as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration (2007-2008) and Minister of Tourism (2005-2007) of Ecuador.

She also has vast management experience from the private sector having served as General Manager and Legal Representative of Air France in Ecuador (1995-2005).

She is currently Director of External Relations at UDLA University of the Americas in Ecuador, a post she has held since 2015.

Ms. Salvador holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Andrés Bello University, Chile, and the European University of Madrid, Spain, and a Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Civilization from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She is currently completing a law degree in Human and Nature Rights at the University of the Americas in Ecuador.

She is fluent in English and French, in addition to her native Spanish.