Currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Inyang Ebong-Harstrup received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1982 and Ph.D in Modern British and European History 1815-1951, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her career in 1988 with UNDP as a Canadian Junior Professional Officer serving for 3 years in UNDP Tanzania and has since been a vital member of the UNDP staff and leadership. In June 2010 she took up her current assignment, as Deputy Director of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.
Ebong-Harstrup will participate in the Institute’s workshop focused on ‘From Conflict to Creating the Future We Want’, which will explore questions including but not limited to models of, and obstacles to development, partnerships for development, effective leadership strategies, and women’s economic and peace-building units.
A friend of the Women in Public Service Project from its beginnings, Harstrup attended the Inaugural Colloquium in December of 2011. She spoke with a Bryn Mawr student covering the Colloquium, and her reflections on the event and WPSP are a valuable message for our Institute this summer:
Ebong-Harstrup thought the colloquium was “an excellent forum, star studded with women whose experience is very important and we were privileged to hear from them at first hand .”
Ebong-Harstrup plans to stay involved with the Women in Public Service Project and shares the initiative’s passion for “the role and engagement of women in public service,”. She has she has demonstrated this passion through the creation of the Women in Leadership Development Program within the UN for women being recruited and appointed as Resident Coordinators, the highest ranking United Nations positions in any given country. This leadership program “focused on both the personal and professional lives of these women in a holistic way, so as to ensure not only their success, but also their continued rise through the most senior echelons of the UN system,” she said.
Ebong-Harstrup is interested in continuing to work with the partners of the Women in Public Service Program to ensure that the project captures “the emerging changes between the North and South” and approaches leadership development in a manner that does not privilege Western values.