Mr. Gustavo González brings more than 25 years of extensive managerial and leadership experience in development, humanitarian affairs and peacebuilding, performing for several UN entities across 3 continents (Central America, Africa and Middle-East). More recently, Mr. González worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as Director of the Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division. Prior to that, he was the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub regional Development Coordinator for the Syria-related Crisis (2013-2017) covering operations in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Before that, he was the UNDP Senior Country Director in Yemen (2011- 2013) during the Arab Spring transition, Country Director in Burundi (2007-2011) and Head of the Post-Conflict Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2003-07).
He also served in various peacebuilding and reconstruction programmes in Guinea Bissau (2000-2002), working for the International Organization for Migration (IOM); in Central African Republic (1998-2000), for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); in Angola, Liberia and Mozambique (1994-1997) for the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs, and in Nicaragua (1990-1994), for the Organization of American States (OAS).
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master Diploma from the University of Oxford-Said Business School (UK), and a Master in Philosophy from the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Ms. Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov assumed the post of UNICEF Representative in the Philippines in June 2019. Ms. Dendevnorov brings with her 27 years of UNICEF experience and expertise in children’s rights and development that span across many regions, roles and programmatic areas. Prior to her appointment to the Philippine Country Office, she served as UNICEF Representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Turkmenistan and as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Uzbekistan. She also held programme management roles in UNICEF Russia, Kosovo and Mongolia. A national of Mongolia, Ms. Dendevnorov holds a Masters’ degree in Pedagogy from the Mongolian National University in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Odessa State University, Ukraine.
Mr. Alberto Pérez is the Officer-in-Charge of the UNOPS office in the Philippines, a post he assumed in April 2020.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Perez has been acting Project Manager in the Philippines since January 2018, handling the Felipe Abrigo Memorial Hospital construction in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and the project Support the Justice Sector in the Philippines, GOJUST. He also supports Infrastructure projects in the Asia Region as Health Infrastructure Specialist. Mr. Perez started working with UNOPS in 2013 in Panamá, from where he moved to the office of Honduras as Infrastructure Project Manager specializing in Health Projects. While in Latin America, he managed projects over Central America and the Caribbean. Before joining UNOPS, Mr. Perez worked from 1998 to 2013 with his own architecture firm based in Barcelona, Spain, developing projects for both the Public and Private Sectors (hospitals, social housing, school buildings, etc.) Mr. Perez is from Spain, holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and a bachelor’s degree as Civil Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Spain.
Mr. Alessandro Marini assumed his post as Country Director for IFAD in the Philippines in August 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in design, implementation and supervision of rural development investment projects as well as sectoral strategies and policy formulation. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Marini was the IFAD Representative and Country Director in Uganda from 2012 to 2018, and Country Programme Manager in Mozambique from 2006 to 2011. Prior to joining IFAD, he worked for a wide range of institutions, including as Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Mozambique and Programme Manager for NGOs. He also worked in several countries in Africa and Asia (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda). Mr. Marini, an Italian national, holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Dr. Alexander Hamilton assumed his post as Regional Coordinator for South East Asia in April 2020, continuing UNICRI’s long-term support to the implementation of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative. With UNICRI since 2012, he has worked extensively with partner countries in South East Asia and Africa, among other regions, to develop strategic actions plans and to deliver capacity-building actions that have helped strengthen national and regional capacity to prevent, detect and respond to CBRN emergencies. Dr. Hamilton holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) specializing in risk governance and biosecurity. He has published extensively on these subjects, and is a regular contributor to international efforts dedicated to combating biological weapons.
Ms Brenda barton brings an extensive experience in the broad field of food security, nutrition and food systems with a valuable background in communications, partnership and resource mobilization. She filled many positions with WFP, the most recent as WFP Representative in Sri Lanka. Formerly, she was the Deputy Regional Director for WFP’s Regional Bureau in Southern Africa. Her prior experiences also include eight years as WFP’s global Deputy Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Sector Division at its Rome Headquarters. Brenda has also spent many years in Africa pioneering WFP’s field-based communications and media activities during high-profile, unprecedented emergency and famine relief interventions. Ms. Barton received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Arizona State University, with a major in Marketing. She also specialized in Advertising and Public Relations in her home city, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Carla Silbert assumed her post as Women, Peace and Security Specialist and Officer-in-Charge for UN Women Philippines in May 2018. Before her appointment, Ms. Silbert served as Women, Peace and Security Specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Asia-Pacific. Previously, Ms. Silbert worked with UN Women Cambodia, where she focused on CEDAW and enhancing women’s access to justice. She is a member of the JRR/UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster, and had worked as a researcher at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; as a legal advisor at the Department of Justice, Victoria, Australia; and as a criminal lawyer at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions, Australia. Ms. Silbert, an Australian national, holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne.
Mr. Christopher Rollo assumed his post as the Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat in the Philippines in January 2012, after serving as UN-Habitat Knowledge Manager from 2007. Before joining UN-Habitat, he was the Chairman of the National Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2001-2007) and Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (2004-2006). Mr. Rollo, a Filipino national, holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. He has also had three years of law studies at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law.
Dr. Leila Joudane
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Leila Joudane has led UNFPA country office teams in Tunisia and Iran, engaging partners and stakeholders to realize and promote ICPD PoA . Under her leadership, UNFPA COs intensified their operations and programs to end preventable maternal deaths and gender-based violence. Prior to working with UNFPA, Leila was the Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning Department of the National Family Institute and of the Population Department of the Tunisian Ministry of Health for over 10 years. She holds a doctorate in medicine and a master's degree in quality management of care.
Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe is Acting WHO Representative in the Philippines. Prior to this, he was the Coordinator for Malaria, Other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases at the WHO Western Pacific Region based in Manila, Philippines. He has been with WHO since 2011 in various capacities including acting Director of Communicable Diseases and Regional Entomologist in WHO Western Pacific Region and Technical Officer Malaria in WHO Papua New Guinea. He has had nearly 30 years of experience in malaria control, and held several senior positions in the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka including Director National Malaria Control Programme and Project Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Projects. Dr. Abeyasinghe has a Doctorate in Community Medicine from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Additionally he has a Master of Science in Biology and Control of Disease Vectors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Dr. Selva Ramachandran, a Malaysian national, is a seasoned development practitioner. Prior to his appointment as Resident Representative of UNDP Philippines, he served as the UNDP Resident Representative and Country Director of UNDP Sudan from July 2015 to September 2020. Dr. Ramachandran also served as the UNDP Country Director in Libya (2014-2015); Chief of North East Asia and Mekong Division, Regional Bureau of Asia & Pacific, New York (2010-2014); and UNDP Country Director in Yemen (2007 -2010). He was the Chief of Regional Programme (2004-2007) and Deputy Chief of Southeast Asia and Pacific Division, Regional Bureau for Asia Pacific, New York (2003-2004); and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan (2000-2003). He started his career as a National Programme Officer with UNDP Malaysia (1995-2000). Before joining UNDP, he worked as the Manager of the Australian Aid Programme, Australian High Commission, Malaysia (1993-1995) and as a Lecturer of Population Studies in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciencesat the University of Malaya (1984-1988). With global experience spanning from South and East Asia, the Pacific, and Central Asia to the Arab states and North America, Dr. Ramachandran brings expertise in the areas of poverty alleviation and sustainable development; governance and rule of law; social inclusion; gender equality; community security, stabilization and peace building; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; climate change and renewable energy; disaster management; partnering against violent extremism; and innovation for development and New Ways of Working in the context of humanitarian-development peace nexus. He holds a PhD in Asian and International Studies from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He also holds a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Population Studies from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mr Enrico Gaveglia is currently the Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in the Philippines. He has worked for the organization for over 15 years in several capacities across regions. Between 2010 and 2016 he has been Deputy Country Director in UNDP Sri Lanka and Cambodia and has joined the Manila team in mid-July 2016 as Deputy Resident Representative. Between 2005 and 2010, Mr. Gaveglia was the Head of the Trust Fund Management Unit in UN/UNDP Sudan. He is an active resource person for UNDP Headquarters in the Management Consulting Team, SURGE for Crisis Response, and an advisor for the set up of Multi-Partner Trust Funds. He is regularly conducting support missions across regions in aid of countries and offices in transformation, crisis and post conflict. Prior to UNDP, Mr. Gaveglia has worked for over five years with the European Union in the regional delegation to India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives, as well as in Montenegro, FYROM and the Italian Ministries of Defense and Environment. Mr Gaveglia is an Italian national; holds a Master’s degree in Economics; and speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Jonathan Gilman, a British national, is Regional Development Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Asia Pacific Office based in Bangkok. Jonathan has worked with the UN for 19 years. He has worked at the HQs level with UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy and the UN Development Coordination Office in New York. At the country level in the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor as a Civil Affairs Officer and as UN Development Coordination Specialist in the Resident Coordinator’s Office Indonesia where he was part of a small team that prepared the UN Recovery Framework for Aceh and Nias after the tsunami in 2004. At the regional level and prior to joining UNEP, he was Regional Economist for UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s avian influenza programme. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics from University College London, UK.
Mr. Khalid Hassan is the Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines. Mr. Hassan has an extensive background on fundamental principles and rights at work, rural development and primary education. Prior to the Philippines, he served for 17 years in ILO Country Offices for Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and in Tanzania and Pakistan. In Africa, Mr. Hassan led teams in the fight against child labor, inequality and poverty as Chief Technical Adviser of ILO Projects on Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Support of Education (ARISE) in 2013-2016, and the Support to the National Action Plan on Child Labour (SNAP) in 2010-2013. The ARISE and SNAP Projects contributed to significantly reducing child labour while implementing national action plans in Africa.Mr. Hassan holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Peshwar.
Ms. Kristin Marie Dadey is the Chief of Mission for IOM in the Philippines, a post she assumed in February 2018. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Dadey served as the Senior Program Manager at the IOM Mission in Cambodia for four years where she worked with the Royal Government of Cambodia and the private sector to build skills development programs for migrant workers as well as to strengthen labor standards to reduce exploitative practices in the migration process. Ms. Dadey also worked for IOM Missions in the Republic of Indonesia, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Georgia. Ms. Dadey began working for IOM in Indonesia, where she was instrumental in setting up IOM’s disaster response to the 2004 tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Before joining IOM in 2003, Ms. Dadey practiced law in Washington, DC. Ms. Dadey, an American national, holds a Juris Doctor and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Dr. Louie R. Ocampo assumed his post as Country Director of UNAIDS in the Philippines in January 2018. He is a public health professional with extensive experience in health systems strengthening. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Ocampo served as the Provincial Health Officer in Palawan from 2012 to 2015. He acquired his hospital management experience during his stints as Chief of Medical Professional Staff at the Department of Health’s Ospital ng Palawan from 2015 to 2017, and at the Northern Palawan Provincial Hospital from 2013 to 2014. As the Medical Coordinator for the STI, HIV, and AIDS Control Program, he was engaged in advocacy and awareness campaigns, and has also provided medical care and psychosocial support to People Living with HIV (PLHIV). He pioneered the establishment of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City’s Local AIDS Council. Dr. Ocampo, a Filipino national, holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippines, and a Master’s degrees in Public Health and Management in Hospital Administration from the University of the Philippines.
Senior Development Coordination Officer - Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader
Mr. Olivier Lermet assumed his post as Senior Policy Advisor of UNODC in the Philippines in September 2017. Before his appointment, Mr. Lermet was in charge of the Regional Drugs programme portfolio in Asia and the Pacific. He has more than 23 years of international experience in leading health promotion and education programmes, and criminal justice drug policy reforms. He has worked throughout Europe and the Balkans, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia. Mr. Lermet also brings 15 years of technical experience in collaborating with high-profile government groups on Drug Policy and Health in South East Asia. In previous assignments, Mr. Lermet was UNODC Country Manager in Cambodia and Nepal. Mr. Lermet, a French national, holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business and a Public Health Diploma from the University of Nancy.
Professor Shahbaz Khan is UNESCO Director of Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and the Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste. Professor Khan has worked in Australia, France, Indonesia and Pakistan in various research, consultancy and policy positions. Before joining UNESCO, Shahbaz was Professor and Director at the Charles Sturt University, Research Director Irrigation Systems at CSIRO and Programme Leader, System Harmonisation for Regional Irrigation Business Partnerships at the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures, Australia. He is a Fellow, Chartered Engineer and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia, Hon Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineers, Hon Fellow of the Myanmar Engineering Society, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World and Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Ms. Signe Poulsen is the Senior Human Rights Adviser in the Philippines. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Poulsen served as the Representative of OHCHR in Seoul, where she opened the field-based structure covering the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. She previously worked for OHCHR in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan and Liberia. Ms. Poulsen, a Danish national, holds a MSc in human rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.