Benjamin Kumpf joined UNDP in 2009. He is a Policy Specialist for Innovation in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. He explores topics such as behavioral insights, human-centered design, big data and other practical ways to respond to complexity in development. Benjamin is also the Project Manager for UNDP’s Innovation Facility and connects new partners on the global level with UNDP offices to change business as usual.
Prior to his role with the Innovation Facility, he worked in UNDP’s Gender Team on Knowledge Management and Innovation. He helped shape the design of UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal initiative, a corporate certification process to incentive good performance in gender mainstreaming in programming and institutional arrangements in UNDP Country Offices. Previously, he worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Rwanda and Nepal and as a GIZ-seconded expert for Knowledge Management and Communications for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India. Benjamin holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Heidelberg and a certification in Organization Management from New York University.