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 Migrations (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.
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.
Mr. Harro Wittermans assumed his post as Regional Coordinator for South East Asia for the CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in June 2016. Before his current appointment, Mr. Wittermans served as UNICRI Regional Coordinator for North Africa and Sahel, based in Algiers, Algeria (2012-2016). Earlier, Mr. Wittermans served as Senior Programme Manager at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing, managing the Dutch environmental programme in Mongolia (2009-2012). He started his career in the private sector training, advising and exercising in the area of crisis- and disaster management in the Netherlands. Mr. Wittermans, a Dutch national, holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from the Delft University of Technology.
Mr. Iori Kato is the UNFPA Country Office Representative in the Philippines. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kato worked in UNFPA Bangladesh where he served as Representative a.i. from December 2016 to January 2018. In this period, he managed the humanitarian responses including to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Prior to UNFPA, he worked as the UN Regional Coordination Specialist at the UN Development Group Asia-Pacific Secretariat in Bangkok (2012-2014). Mr. Kato also worked for UNDP as Assistant Resident Representative in Lao PDR (2008-2012), and also at its HQ in New York (2003-2008) in various capacities, including as Special Assistant to UNDP Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, and UNDP Tsunami Task Force Secretariat. Mr. Kato, a Japanese national, holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York, and a Bachelor’s degree from the International Christian University, Tokyo.
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. Kent Harrington assumed his post as Security Advisor for the Philippines in July 2014. He previously served in Afghanistan as the Chief, Joint Operations Center for the UN in Kabul. He has served in the Department of Law Enforcement at Western Illinois University; the Kwajalein Police Department in the Marshal Islands; the UN in Kosovo; the Illinois Police Corps; the Texas Police Corps and as the Chief Security Officer for UNFICYP in Cyprus. Mr. Harrington, an American national, holds a Master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff Officers Course from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has completed work towards a second Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Texas A & M University Corpus Christi.
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.
Mr. Mark Bidder assumed the post of Head of Office of OCHA in the Philippines in January 2016, after serving as Deputy Head of Office from August 2014. He brings to the job more than 25 years of professional experience in the management and coordination of humanitarian assistance, most of which has been served in Africa and Asia. He headed IRIN, the humanitarian news and information service founded by OCHA and where he was responsible for leading its transition and re-launch as an independent non-governmental organization. His experience prior to this included appointments with Oxfam, UNDP, WFP and UK Aid which took him on assignments to Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Senegal, Afghanistan, Turkey and Thailand. Mr. Bidder, a British national, holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology from the University of London Imperial College.
Mats Persson, a Swedish national, is the Deputy Country Director of WFP Philippines. Prior to joining WFP, Mr. Persson was an Electronic Engineer for Naval Electronics, Inc. located in Malmoe, Sweden. Mr. Persson joined WFP in 1997 as the Regional Telecommunications Officer in Kampala, Uganda. From 2002 to 2007, he worked as the Chief of the Fast IT and Telecoms Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), while also acting as the Deputy Director for WFP Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as part of the team that established its emergency support base. During the years between Kampala and Dubai, Mr. Persson assessed the security telecommunications networks for WFP as well as the entire Humanitarian UN system in over 40 countries. In 2009, Mr. Persson transitioned towards the programme arm of WFP where he held a two-year post as the Head of the Bor Sub-Office in the Jonglei State, managing WFP’s most complex operational area in South Sudan at that time. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Persson was reassigned back to Kampala, Uganda as the Head of Support Services where he provided extensive support to WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) project. Mr. Persson was based twice in WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy, first as a Project Delivery Coordinator (2008 to 2009), and then as the Deputy Project and Change Manager for WFP’s new global supply chain management system (2015 to 2016). In 2016, Mr. Persson was appointed as the Emergency Coordinator in Papua New Guinea. He was then stationed in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for seven months as the Deputy Country Director, before taking on his current post with WFP Philippines in July 2017.
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.
Mr. Shinji Kubo assumed the post of Representative of UNHCR in the Philippines in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kubo was Officer in Charge in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Kubo was also previously Representative in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at the onset of the Rohingya emergency in 2017, and Head of Sub-Office in Damak, Nepal, responding to the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Mr. Kubo has been involved in various units in different UNHCR operations, with his experience spanning protection, external relations, and durable solutions. Aside from his native Japan, he has been stationed in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Mr. Kubo, a Japanese national, holds a Master of Laws from Soka University, Japan, and a Bachelor of Laws from the same university.
Mr. Titon Mitra, an Australian national, is a senior development professional with over 30 years of experience. Prior to his appointment as UNDP Philippines Resident Representative, he served in a number of roles in the UN: as the Senior Strategic Planning Adviser and Head of the Integrated Coordination Office for Development and Humanitarian Affairs of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq; and Senior Strategic Adviser to the UN on the Bangsamoro Peace process in the Philippines. Mr. Mitra was formerly a senior official in the Australian Government, having served as the Minister Counsellor and Head of the aid program to the Philippines; and as an Assistant Secretary with AusAID, managing large and complex bilateral aid programmes in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, China, Indonesia, and Timor Leste. He has also led humanitarian responses in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as Global Emergency Director for CARE International.
Ms. Tonilyn P. Lim assumed the post of Country Representative of UNIDO in the Philippines in August 2017. She has more than 20 years of experience in environmental management, sustainable energy, climate change and disaster risk management, in industrial and urban contexts. Ms. Lim started her career in the UN in 2010 at UNIDO’s Regional Office in India, covering activities in the South Asia Region. In 2013, she transferred to the UNIDO HQ in Vienna, Austria, where she focused on the management of projects implemented by UNIDO’s Renewable and Rural Energy Division, Department of Energy. Prior to joining UNIDO, Ms. Lim held various positions in the Philippine government. Ms. Lim, a Filipino national, holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Ateneo De Manila University and the University of San Francisco; and pursued graduate studies in Renewable Energy at the Technical University of Vienna. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines.
Ms. Xiangjun Yao, a national of China, joined the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific as Regional Programme Leader in 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Yao was Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Agriculture, China. She joined FAO HQ in 2011 as Director, Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension. From 2012 to 2014, she served as Director of the Climate Energy and Tenure Division, NRC. She also became Director, Liaison Office with the United Nations (LOG) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014, a position she held until her transfer to the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Yao holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agricultural Engineering from the China Agricultural University, Beijing, a Certificate in Energy System and Resources Management from Cornell University, USA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China.