Special Advisor: External Engagement, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Jan Kellett is a Special Advisor for External Engagement in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the corporate lead on issues of insurance and risk financing. Jan co-chairs the Insurance Development Forum at a technical level (which he helped set up) and is also heavily engaged in both the InsuResilience Global Partnership and newly-formed Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance. He has been heavily engaged in UNDP’s global presence on issues of risk, financing and development, and is increasingly focusing on turning this platform into a reality at a country level. 2020 will see the launch of UNDP’s first-ever strategy for Insurance-4-Development!
Before UNDP, Jan was a senior research advisor at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), where he was a member of the climate and environment programme. During his two years at ODI, Jan worked on influential aspects of work in and around risk management, especially in the areas of climate adaptation, aid financing, international institution capacity, resilience, transition and fragility. Prior to ODI, Jan led the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme at Development Initiatives, focusing on delivering detailed and concise information on humanitarian financing.
Before this, Jan spent more than ten years working for the United Nations in 15 diverse post-conflict and post-disaster contexts at a country level, as part of UNDP country offices or later as senior advisor to UN Resident Coordinators. Other experience includes both the BBC and HSBC.
Jan has an undergraduate degree in media arts and a master’s degree in civilization and barbarism.
He was once offered a job by Government Communications HeadQuarters, better known as GCHQ.