Åsa Jonsson is Chief of Best Practices Unit in UN-Habitat, and HQ Coordinator for Project Coordination Office for Countries of the CIS.
Asa has held several positions in the UN system, including in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) where she worked from 2000-2005 in the Human Resources Development Section (on youth programmes) and the Poverty Reduction Section (urban development technical cooperation). She started her career in the UN in UNDESA, New York at the Gender Statistics Unit, Statistical Division. In UN-Habitat, she has held positions including the Training and Capacity Development Branch; Global Land Tool Network; management of the Project Formulation Unit of the Programme Division; Capacity Development Advisor, Future Saudi Cites Programme, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Acting Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director. She holds an MSc in Urban Development Planning (DPU, University College London), a MIA (Political and Economic Development) (Columbia University) and BSc in Population Studies (London School of Economics). Prior to joining the UN, she worked in the NGO sector in urban development and public health.