Remembering Dr. Subinay Nandy
We are very saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Subinay Nandy, who passed away peacefully in New York on November 7, 2020. He had been a Visiting Scholar at the Center on International Cooperation since 2018, advising our program on humanitarian crises and the links with development and peacebuilding.
Dr. Nandy, fondly known among his colleagues as Subinay Da, began his career with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in his native Bangladesh as an Assistant Resident Representative. He went on to serve as Deputy Country Director in Vietnam, Country Director in China, UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, and Director for Asia Pacific at the UN Department of Political Affairs.
In Vietnam, Dr. Nandy played a key role in designing and initiating the UN's first “Delivering as One” pilot and was awarded the Vietnam Friendship Award—the highest civilian award for foreigners making significant contributions to Vietnam’s transformation.
During his tenure in Sri Lanka from 2011 to 2016, Dr. Nandy led extensive humanitarian, development, human rights, and political streams of work by 22 resident UN agencies and the broader international community. He was a key player in championing the country's transition from a humanitarian post-conflict phase to a path of, as he termed it, “restoration and lasting peace.” He combined sustained efforts to support development and the rebuilding of Sri Lanka with strong advocacy on adherence to internationally accepted norms and standards, support for families seeking truth and justice, and assistance for internally displaced people.
He will be remembered by his many friends for his compassion, wisdom, generosity, and strong commitment to the values and principles of the UN Charter. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, including his wife Chhanda and his son Ryan.