Siddharth Chatterjee

Siddharth Chatterjee works at the UNFPA in Kenya. Prior to joining UNFPA he served at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) HQ in Switzerland.

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 the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs at 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 span maternal health, sexual violence, child soldiers, polio eradication, malnutrition and food insecurity, water crisis and poor sanitation, police reform, conflict prevention etc. 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.