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.
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.
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.
Ms. Tanninen assumed the position and duties as the new FAO Representative in the Philippines on 27 February 2021. She is a national of Finland and has more than 20 years of development work and country programme management experience. This includes, among others, serving as IFAD Country Programme Manager for Nepal and Bhutan, and as Head of Cooperation for the Embassy of Finland in various African countries. Most recently and prior to joining FAO, she was Senior Adviser to the Director General of the Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Oulu, Finland.
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.
Manja Vidic has been with the UN for eight years, both in OCHA field operations and Headquarters, working on coordination and operations management, partnerships, strategic planning and resource mobilization, and environment and climate change issues. Since May 2019, she has been a Deputy Head of OCHA Office in the Philippines, leading the Humanitarian Country Team secretariat, advocacy and strategic planning. Prior she has been working for five years with OCHA Geneva on humanitarian coordination mechanisms and partnerships with the private sector, including the OCHA-UNDP-led Connecting Business initiative. During her tenure with OCHA, she has been seconded to the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat in New York/Istanbul to forge strategic partnerships for the first ever humanitarian event organized at global scale under the patronage of the UN Secretary-General; worked with OCHA Iraq in the aftermath of Mosul liberation as Head of Communications and Reporting; and OCHA Yemen based in Saudi Arabia as a liaison to Yemen operations. Prior OCHA, she has been working on environmental issues and climate change with the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. She has five years of experience working with the private sector for a global top-tier strategic management consulting company on strategy development and change management. She is fluent in English and French and holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Manja has a 16-year-old son.
Maria Ermina “Iya” Valdeavilla-Gallardo is the Head of the Philippines Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She assumed the position in 2021 after over a decade working in and eventually leading the Protection Unit for refugees and stateless persons in Manila. Throughout her career in UNHCR, Iya has contributed to the operation’s efforts to enhance the protection space for persons of concern through policy and legal development advocacy, and also build the protection capacities of duty-bearers through the provision of technical and practical knowledge. While her expertise is focused on refugee and statelessness issues, she has also worked in the field of IDP protection, having assisted in the advocacy efforts for national IDP legislation. From 2018 to 2020, she has assumed officer-in-charge functions for the Philippines operations at the request of the Representative in the latter’s absence and had represented UNHCR in the Humanitarian Country Team, UN Country Team and Security Management Team.
Prior to joining UNHCR, Iya worked with the Department of Agriculture and a number of law firms in Manila. She has been a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines since 2010. She obtained a degree in Speech Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and her Bachelor of Laws from the San Beda College of Law. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Laws degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Beyond the formal education setting, Iya has also completed several courses and trainings on refugee protection and statelessness from the Institute of International Humanitarian Law and in Tilburg University, among others.
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.
Stein R. Hansen is an Economist who has been working in international development for 28 years. Since February 2017, he is the Regional Director and Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand, where he also represents UNIDO in the UN system Asia Pacific Regional Directors group. Prior to his appointment, he was Chief of Strategic Donor Relations, Office of Deputy to Director General, UNIDO, Vienna, Austria, since June 2013. From June 2012 - June 2013 he was Resident Representative a.i. of the United Nations Development Programme – UNDP in Kuwait, where he periodically also served as the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. From 2007 to 2012, he was the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Sub-Regional Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean States, responsible for the UNDP Programme and Operations in 10 Caribbean countries and territories, periodically serving as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. After graduating from Aalborg University, Denmark with his B.Sc (Econ.) he started his career as Trade Advisor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Helsinki, Finland 1989-1991. He then served the European Commission Delegation in Caracas, Venezuela 1991-1992. In 1993 he started his career with the UN system, first as UNDP Junior Professional Officer for UNIDO in Ecuador. In 1995 he was appointed as Associate Expert in charge of technical cooperation at
the UNIDO New York Office until 1996, when he returned to Quito, Ecuador as head of the UNIDO Country Office. In 1998, he was appointed at the UNIDO Hqrs. in Vienna, Austria, as Industrial Development Officer managing environmental programs until 2002, when he was appointed Programme Officer responsible for coordinating UNIDO’s industrial development programmes delivered by Its 26 country offices, until he joined UNDP in 2007. In addition to being an Economist, Stein R. Hansen holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with focus on international development. He is also a Senior Executive Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has completed the United Nations Leaders Programme, and the United Nations Country Team Leadership and Coordination Skills Programme at the United Nations Staff College. In addition to his native Norwegian, he communicates fluently in English, Spanish, German, Danish and Swedish. He is married to Birgitte Hansen and they have three children.