Bruno Dercon is currently the Senior Human Settlements Officer within the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2005, Mr. Dercon joined UN-Habitat as the housing policy adviser for the reconstruction in Aceh after the Tsunami. He is a senior staff officer now in UN-Habitat’s Regional Office and has been overseeing programmes and technical cooperation in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Mongolia,
Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. He is the focal point for the Asia Pacific preparation for Habitat III and the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference for Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Dercon also coordinated the publication of the (2nd) State of the Asian and Pacific Cities Report 2015 (unhabitat.org/books/the-state-of-asian-and-pacific-cities-2015/), co-published by UN-Habitat and UN-ESCAP.
Mr. Dercon is specialized in planning and housing. He has master degrees with honours in architecture and engineering as well as business administration. He started off professionally in 1986 as a researcher in Belgium and Indonesia and was a programme officer for the "Housing in Development" programme of the University of Leuven (Belgium) and UN-Habitat in Asia between 1990 and 1992. Afterwards, he managed his own professional practice as architect and urban designer and thereafter also pursued urban and regional planning projects.
In the 1990’s, Mr. Dercon worked in the private land and housing development sector in Indonesia and obtained broad experience in urban development projects. From 2001 to 2004 he was the technical director of Townland Consultants Ltd, a planning services company based in Hong Kong. He oversaw urban and regional planning assignments in China and Southeast Asia.