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Country Representative

Karl Kulessa

A German national, Mr. Kulessa has worked with UNFPA since 1992. After a two-year posting as Junior Professional Officer in New York, focusing on interagency coordination, he moved to the “field” covering countries in Africa and Asia. Since 2004 he has been UNFPA country representative in various countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). 

As a Representative to Turkey, aside from the regular country program, his office managed a major humanitarian portfolio covering support to Syrian refugees inside Turkey and cross-border operations.  Mr. Kulessa has also covered Georgia and Azerbaijan as Country Director.

Mr. Kulessa holds a Master of Arts in History (specializing in American foreign policy). He has been married since 1995 and has three children. 

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