Ms. Noriko Takagi, Representative of UNHCR in Myanmar, has almost 30 years of experience in the field of humanitarian assistance and refugee protection.
Ms. Takagi’s career with UNHCR spans 25 years in a variety of operational contexts. She started in Yangon, Myanmar as Associate Programme Officer (1997-2000), after which she served in Nepal as Programme Officer (2000 – 2002) and then in Kigoma, Tanzania as Field Officer (2004-2006) where she also served as Registration Coordinator. Thereafter, Ms. Takagi served at UNHCR Headquarters as Programme Training Officer within the Division of Operational Services (2006-2009). She then worked at UNHCR’s Regional Officer for Central Europe in Budapest, Hungary, as Senior Regional Programme Officer, overseeing UNHCR’s programmes and budgets in seven countries – Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria.
Ms. Takagi returned to Myanmar, initially as Senior Programme Officer (2013-2015) and then as Deputy Representative (2015-2016). She then served as Business Coordinator for UNHCR’s Results-Based Management (RBM) renewal project (2017 to 2021), at Headquarters. Most recently, she was the Senior Programme Coordinator, overseeing some 40 countries under UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ms. Takagi is Japanese national and holds Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics (double major) from University of Southern California in California, USA, and Master of Arts in Intercultural Management from School for International Training in Vermont, USA.