Jan Kellett (United Kingdom) is a Special Advisor for External Engagement within the climate, disaster and energy team of UNDP, responsible for: partnerships; advocacy and communications; research, evidence and innovation. He has been a core member of UNDP’s global advocacy around risk and climate, including the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Financing for Development Forum and the Paris Climate Negotiations.
Before UNDP, Jan was a senior research advisor at the Overseas Development Institute, where he was a member of the climate and environment programme. During his two years at ODI, Jan worked on influential aspects of work in and around risk management, especially in the areas of climate adaptation, aid financing, international institution capacity, resilience, transition and fragility. Prior to ODI, Jan led the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme at Development Initiatives, focusing on delivering detailed and concise information on humanitarian financing.
Before this, Jan spent more than ten years working for the United Nations in 15 diverse post-conflict and post-disaster contexts at a country level, as part of UNDP country offices or later as senior advisor to UN Resident Coordinators. He has also worked for 6 years for HSBC and once turned down a job with GCHQ.
Jan has an undergraduate degree in media arts and a master’s degree in civilization and barbarism.