Islamabad: 19 June 2022 (TDI): Chris Kaye, Representative and Country Director of WFP (World Food Program) to Pakistan, received an award at the ‘Global Ambassador Awards’ ceremony that took place in Islamabad on Friday.

The award was conferred for his outstanding contribution toward building strong partnerships and awareness in Pakistan, on behalf of the people of Pakistan.

Rathi Palakrishnan, WFP’s Deputy County Director and Officer in charge received the award on behalf of Chris Kaye due to the latter being out of station.

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Rathi Palakrishnan, WFP’s Deputy County Director and Officer in charge, receiving certificate on behalf of Chris Kaye
About Chris Kaye: 

Chris Kaye assumed his duties as WFP’s Representative & Country Director for Pakistan in March 2020. Before this appointment, he served Italy, Myanmar,  Rwanda, the Philippines, and Afghanistan while working with UNV/UNDP

Kaye began his career at UN in 1992. After performing various services as Office of Resident Coordinator, coordinating and managing resources for the humanitarian crisis, Head of Policy and Programme, leading short term missions, Head of Programmes, and Country Director and Representative of multiple countries, he is now performing his duties as a Country Director in Pakistan.

Before this appointment, he served as the Director of the Government Partnerships Division for WFP HQ in Rome.

Kaye has performed outstanding contributions during his tenure as Country Director of WFP, Pakistan. Chiefly, his valuable contributions and endowment helped in efficient and immediate measures for controlling the Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan.

Moreover, his invaluable experience and exceptional vision led to the development of a comprehensive strategy in conjunction with the UN system and WFP’s Headquarters to maintain operationality and deliver WFP support to the people of Pakistan.

In addition, he has provided support for developing a comprehensive Food Security Analysis to contribute to the Socio-economic Response Framework by WFP and FAO. Under his lead, WFP planned and implemented the COVID-19 Socio-economic Response Framework of the Government of Pakistan. His most significant contribution is to support the development of GOP’s Health Response COVID-19 (Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan-SPRP).

Throughout his tenure in Pakistan, Kaye has focused on planning and implementing a robust strategy for addressing food security and nutrition issues, livelihoods, and climate change adaptation plans for the social and economic prosperity of the country.

5th Global Ambassador Awards:

The Diplomatic Insight Group organized the event to recognize the services of Ambassadors and diplomats, as well as heads of international organizations and businessmen to promote people-to-people ties, and constructive bilateral relations in the fields of business and trade with their respective states.

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5th Global Ambassador Awards ceremony hosted in Islamabad

Aside from Ambassadors, the list of the awardees included the Heads of UN organizations and different business groups.