Former UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence
Arndt Husar’s career in the development sector has been focused on governance. While he also tackles the public sector’s challenges in developing country contexts, ranging from the local to the national level. He was the first staff and Deputy Director at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE). He worked on strategy, programme management and advisory services with a focus on public service innovation, strategic foresight and digital technologies. The GCPSE acted as UNDP’s catalyst for new thinking and action in the field of public service, activities range from publishing evidence to convening thinker-practitioner-oriented events for knowledge sharing. Arndt drove a range of activities on public service innovation in support of UNDP’s innovation agenda, including the 2013 Public Service Innovation Lab series across Southeast Asia (#UNDPpsi), the Empowered Futures Initiative with its foresightXchange workshop series (#fsXc) as well as GCPSE’s work on disruptive technologies and digital government (#techPS).
Arndt graduated as a Spatial Planner (Engineer) from the University of Dortmund (Germany). He was a fellow of the Postgraduate Programme for International Affairs, working on City Development Strategies and Slum Upgrading with the Cities Alliance. Prior to his posting in Singapore, he worked for 5 years with UNDP India and the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in programme and advisory roles. His professional exposure includes assignments in the private, public and non-governmental sectors with stints in Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Germany, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, Samoa, South Africa, Thailand, Tonga and the United States.