Ovais Sarmad who is an Indian national has been appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary, which is a key post in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As per the U.N. Information Centre in Delhi, the appointment has been made after making wide consultations with the Conference of Parties. The appointment assumes significance as UNFCCC aims to slow down climate change.
Ovais Sarmad who was born in 1960 is a seasoned bureaucrat having nearly 27 years of experience working with International Organization for Migration (IOM) at various capacities. He has worked in several policy and management areas to strengthen the organizations operational effectiveness in close consultation with IOM member States. He is currently the Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Ovais Sarmad was instrumental in bringing IOM into the United Nations system as well as in the establishment of IOM’s Ethics and Conduct Office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Osmania University in Hyderabad.