Siddharth Chatterjee

The video above is Siddharth Chatterjee's interview on Kenya's Nation TV on maternal deaths. "No woman should die giving life", yet nearly 6000-8000 women die at childbirth every year in Kenya. UNFPA is trying to change that as well as end the scourge of Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage.

Prior to joining UNFPA he served at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) HQ in Genava as its Chief Diplomat and led its efforts in resource mobilization and partnerships.

Before joining the IFRC, he had served in the United Nations since 1997. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

In South Sudan, he negotiated the release and demobilized 3551 child soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army. This demobilization was the first time that such an action was undertaken during an ongoing conflict.

He is a graduate in Public Policy from Princeton University.

He is a former Special Forces officer and was decorated for gallantry during his service in the Indian Army.

He writes extensively on humanitarian, development & compelling social issues. His OP-EDs have featured in the CNN, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Forbes, Reuters, the Global Observatory and mainstream Indian journals. All his OP-EDs are on his blog site.

He also did a TEDx talk on child soldiers in Spain.

He was interviewed by BBC, Al Jazeera, the Global Observatory, Inter Press Service, VOA, NPR and UNICEF. He has been mentioned in various news journals. All his interviews and mentions in the press can be found here.

A fitness buff, a lover of English literature and poetry, in the past he has been a keen horseman, a parachutist as well as a SCUBA diver.

He is a husband and a father and he dotes on his son.