Executive Office

Rolph Payet
Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 40
E-mail: rolph.payet@brsmeas.org

Rolph Payet

Rolph Payet

Dr. Rolph Payet, former Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, has been the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions since 6 October 2014.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Payet also established important multi-stakeholder platforms, such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to marine research. He established the first university in Seychelles in 2009, and is its present ProChancellor. He also holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 40
E-mail: rolph.payet@brsmeas.org

Mr. Hans Dreyer
Executive Secretary (ad interim) of the Rotterdam Convention (pesticides)

Email: AGP-Director@fao.org
Telephone: +39 06 57052040

Hans Dreyer

Hans Dreyer

Hans Dreyer is the Director of the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is a Swiss national and holds a PhD in Plant Protection from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Prior to joining FAO in 2016 he worked with the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture where he was responsible for the Plant Health, Varieties and Seed sector and also acted as the Head of the Swiss National Plant Protection Organization. He has over 15 years of working experience in development cooperation and spent several years in development projects in Latin America and Africa.

Coordinates:

Email: AGP-Director@fao.org
Telephone: +39 06 57052040

Mr. Carlos Martin-Novella
Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 86
Email: carlos.martin-novella@brsmeas.org

Carlos Martin-Novella

Carlos Martin-Novella

Carlos is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions since 1st January 2017. He holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain).

Carlos has more than 30 years of professional experience on environment and sustainable development issues, both at national and at international levels, and multilateral environmental negotiations and processes. In his previous assignments Carlos was the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Special Advisor to UN Environment on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, a Senior Advisor to the German Government, a Senior Advisor to the Spanish Government and a Principal Administrator at the European Commission. Earlier in his career Carlos undertook scientific field research on Mediterranean ecosystems and lead initiatives for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Spain, Europe and globally.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 86
Email: carlos.martin-novella@brsmeas.org

Ms. Maria Cristina Cárdenas Fischer
Policy and Strategy Adviser

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 35
E-mail: maria.cardenas@brsmeas.org

Maria Cristina Cárdenas Fischer

Maria Cristina Cárdenas Fischer

Ms. Cárdenas-Fischer is currently chief of the Technical Assistance Branch of the Secretariat. She joined the Stockholm Convention Secretariat in October 2001 as a policy advisor, over the years she has been responsible for managing the areas of work of the Secretariat pertaining to technical assistance (including the regional centres for capacity building and transfer of technology), the financial mechanism under the Convention, the national implementation plans, the reporting obligations and the expert group on BAT and BEP. From October 2009-February 2012 she was the coordinator for the technical assistance programme of the secretariat of the Stockholm Convention.

Prior to joining the Stockholm Convention Secretariat, Ms. Cárdenas-Fischer, worked for the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993 to 2001), as special advisor for environmental issues. Ms. Cárdenas-Fischer is a Colombian national and holds a BA in Philosophy from Bristol University in the United Kingdom.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 35
E-mail: maria-cristina.cardenas@brsmeas.org

Joanne Stutz
Senior Staff Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 03
E-mail: joanne.stutz@brsmeas.org

Joanne Stutz

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 03
E-mail: joanne.stutz@brsmeas.org

Ms. Lorraine Deakin-Metzger
Senior Staff Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 45
Email: lorraine.deakin@brsmeas.org

Lorraine Deakin-Metzger

Lorraine’s work mainly focuses on that of the Executive Office, where she is also the focal point for matters of protocol. Lorraine joined the secretariat in 2006.

Previously, Lorraine was Assistant to the United Nations Under-Secretary General/ Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Ms Brigita Schmögnerová, former Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, from 2002 to 2005 and Mr. Marek Belka (USG and former Prime Minister of Poland) from 2005 to 2006.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 45
Email: lorraine.deakin@brsmeas.org

Administration and Resources Oversight Branch

Mrs. Laura Meszaros
Acting Chief, Administration and Resources Oversight Branch

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 60
Email: laura.meszaros@brsmeas.org

Laura Meszaros

Laura Meszaros

Laura is currently serving as Acting Chief of the Administration and Resources Oversight Branch (AROB). Since April 2011, she has been supporting the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with the planning and implementation of the restructuring of the Secretariat as well as with the overall coordination of the work of the Executive Office.

From 2005 to 2011, she was the Officer in Charge for the Geneva-based Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention. From 1990 to 2004, she worked at a number of different offices at the UN Environment Programme Headquarters in Nairobi (Kenya), such as the Division of Environmental Conventions: supporting the implementation of cross-cutting issues between Multilateral Environmental Agreements, i.e. arctic issues, coral reefs and environmental emergencies; at the Regional Seas Programme: supporting the distributed network of 15 Regional Seas Conventions and Action plans and their intergovernmental meetings; at the office of the UN Environment Programme Managing Director, as the special assistant to the Managing Director, at the Global Resource Information Database (GRID): as a remote sensing/GIS analyst. Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Geography from the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque (United States). She is bilingual in Spanish, German, and English; she speaks French and has a basic knowledge of Kiswahili. Laura is Argentinian.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 60
Email: laura.meszaros@brsmeas.org, laura.meszaros@un.org

Mr. Frank Moser
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 89 51
Email: frank.moser@brsmeas.org

Frank Moser

Frank Moser

Mr. Moser serves as the Resource Mobilization Focal Point for the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and is responsible for all matters relating to financial resources under the three conventions. Mr. Moser also serves as the Focal Point for the Financial Mechanism of the Stockholm Convention, the Global Environment Facility.

Mr. Moser is a German national. He holds a university degree in chemistry and an advanced university degree in economics and is currently finalizing his PhD studies. Mr. Moser joined the Secretariat in 2009. Prior that, Mr. Moser worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna and the Chemicals Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 89 51
Email: frank.moser@brsmeas.org

Ms. Satu Ojaluoma
Administrative Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 8682
E-mail: satu.ojaluoma@brsmeas.org

Satu Ojaluoma

Satu joined the BRS Secretariat in July 2015 as their Fund Management and Administrative Officer. She has almost twenty years of working experience both from private sector and the UN. In UNEP, Satu has worked as Fund Management and Administrative Officer for Economics and Trade Branch, Finance Initiative, UN-REDD, Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, Sustainable UN and Environmental Management Group. Before joining the UN, Satu worked several years in the banking sector as a financial analyst.

Satu holds a Masters degree in Finance, Certified Financial Analyst (CEFA) certification, and is a national of Finland.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 8682
E-mail: satu.ojaluoma@brsmeas.org

Ms. Kumiko Yatagai
Administrative Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 95
E-mail: kumiko.yatagai@brsmeas.org

Kumiko Yatagai

Kumiko Yatagai

Kumiko has been working for the Administration and Resources Oversight Branch of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions’ Secretariat, in the capacity of Administrative/Fund Management Officer, since March 2018.

She joined the United Nations (UN) in 1997 as a Junior Professional Officer (JPO), with the UN Development Programme in Lebanon; then, she worked as an External Relations and Projects Officer, at the UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Headquarters in Gaza, between 1999 to 2002. From 2003 to 2006, she worked for the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Economy Division of the UN Environment Programme, in Osaka, Japan, as the Head of the Administration. Also, she worked for the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region, Kingston, Jamaica, between 2006 to 2010; and for the Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment in the Mediterranean Region, in Athens, Greece, between 2010 to February 2018, Ecosystems Division of the UN Environment Programme, being responsible for the Administration of the Multinational Environmental Agreements/Regional Seas including Programme of Work and Budget preparation, finance, human resources, procurement, meeting and conferences, general services, travel, legal instruments, etc.. Kumiko holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (The United Kingdom). She speaks Japanese, English, Arabic, and is a Japanese national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 95
E-mail: kumiko.yatagai@brsmeas.org / kumiko.yatagai@un.org

Ms. M. Amélie Taoufiq-Cailliau
Legal Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 89 50
Email: amelie.taoufiq@brsmeas.org

Malika Amélie Taoufiq-Cailliau

Malika Amélie Taoufiq-Cailliau

Amélie’s core functions, as a Legal Officer within the Administration and Resources Oversight Branch of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions’ Secretariat, are to:

- administer the corporate and institutional legal services and activities, in coordination with the administrative & fund management officers, which mainly include: i) the drafting, negotiating, implementing of legal agreements/contracts with governments, Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and other public and private entities; ii) intellectual property law; iii) dispute resolution & prevention; as well as iv) a wide range of corporate and institutional legal substantive and procedural issues related to international, public, private, and administrative law, and to the interpretation of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing the UN/UN Environment/ the secretariat corporate and institutional legal activities and operations, including e.g. staff rules and regulations, financial rules etc.;

- lead the handling of legal and policy matters associated with: i) resources mobilisation; ii) knowledge management and communications; iii) human rights, including gender and staff representation issues;

- act as Focal Point for legal & policy matters associated with trade & the environment relevant to the BRS Conventions, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), UN Environment Economics and Trade Branch (ETB), other relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and stakeholders;

Amélie took up her appointment as a Legal Officer of the Stockholm and of the Rotterdam Conventions in July 2009, and managed the Legal Unit of the Joint Services for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions until February 2012. Prior to joining the United Nations, she acquired significant professional experience in the private sector, in Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Santiago de Chile, as an in-house senior legal counsel for a multinational biotech company, as an attorney in law firms, as well as around and within international organisations (e.g. the European Commission, World Trade Organization). She was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law to the Paris Bar Court of Appeals in 2001. Ms. Taoufiq was educated in the UK (London) and in France; she holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne (2000), and a Master’s Degree in the Intellectual Property/Media/Information/new technologies from the Université de Paris II - Panthéon Assas (2001). Being both a native French and Moroccan national, French is her mother tongue; she is also bilingual in English and Spanish, has a good working knowledge of German and basic knowledge of Arabic and Italian.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 89 50
Email: amelie.taoufiq@brsmeas.org, amelie.taoufiq@un.org

Mr. Innocent Kalumba
Finance and Budget Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 21
Email: innocent.kalumba@brsmeas.org

Innocent Kalumba

Innocent Kalumba

Innocent's responsibilities are to assist the Secretarial in the areas of budget preparation, review and control, financial management and administrative tasks.

Innocent is a Ugandan national with many years of United Nations experience in the areas of Finance, Budget and Administration. He holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from South Bank University, London, United Kingdom and also is a proud member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 21
Email: innocent.kalumba@brsmeas.org

Mr. Edward Theuri
Finance and Budget Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 10
E-mail: edward.theuri@brsmeas.org

Edward Theuri

Edward supports the Secretariat in the areas of finance, budget, human resources, procurement and other general admin functions.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 10
E-mail: edward.theuri@brsmeas.org

Ms. Adelina Gashi-Metarapi
Administrative Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 71
Email: adelina.metarapi@brsmeas.org

Adelina Gashi-Metarapi

Adelina Gashi-Metarapi

Currently, Adelina is filling the position of a Programme Assistant at Administrative Office under the Executive Office of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention with the responsibility of administrative support (procurement, budget, finance). She is also serving as a focal point for staff travel.

Prior to joining UNEP, Joint Services of the Basel Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention, Adelina worked in Geneva, as Administrative Assistant for UN-REDD, as HR Administrative Assistant for UNICC. Notable is almost eight years as Administrative Assistant at United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), HQ based in Prishtina, for Office of the Chief Communications & IT Section (CITS) and almost eight years as Secretary/Administrative Assistant in local private companies in Prishtina, Kosovo.

Having worked with International Organizations for almost eleven years and eight years in private sector has given her the opportunity to undertake and learn majority of the duties and responsibilities. She holds a high school diploma in natural science and is from Kosovo.

Coordinates

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 71
Email: adelina.metarapi@brsmeas.org

Ms. Martina Riva
Team Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 17
E-mail: martina.riva@brsmeas.org

Martina Riva

Martina Riva

Martina supports the Administration and Resources Oversight Branch of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions’ Secretariat, as a Team Assistant, in the areas of finance, procurement, human resources and other general administrative tasks. Prior to joining the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions’ Secretariat, she worked within the Operational Service Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Management from the Università della Valle d’Aosta (Italy). Martina speaks English, Italian, French, and has a basic knowledge of Spanish and German; she is an Italian national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 17
E-mail: martina.riva@brsmeas.org / martina.riva@brsmeas.org

Governance Branch

Mr. David M. Ogden
Chief, Governance Branch

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 90
Email: david.ogden@brsmeas.org

David M. Ogden

David M. Ogden

David Ogden is the chief of the Convention Operations Branch of the secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Mr. Ogden joined the United Nations Environment Programme in March 1997 and served as the coordinator of the Stockholm Convention through its negotiation and following its entry into force. He chaired the coordinators group that was responsible for the organization and conduct of the first simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in February 2010.

Mr. Ogden worked for the United States Environment Protection Agency from 1987 to March 1997 mostly within the Office of International Affairs where he served as the lead analyst for international chemicals management issues. Mr. Ogden holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a certificate to teach social studies at the secondary level. He is an American.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 90
Email: david.ogden@brsmeas.org

Mr. Alain Wittig
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 27
Email: alain.wittig@brsmeas.org

Alain Wittig

Alain Wittig

Alain works as Programme Officer for Conventions Operations Branch (COB) of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. He is responsible for the coordination of the work of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. This includes, among other, the coordination of the Conference’s intersessional work, document preparation, organization, following-up on Conference of the Parties decisions and development of related workplans.

Alain has an academic background in Geology and Environmental Sciences. He joined UNEP in 2002 as Associate Programme Officer working for the Post Conflict Assessment Branch. In 2008, he joined the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention as Programme Officer. Alain is a Swiss and British national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 27
Email: alain.wittig@brsmeas.org

Ms. Andrea Lechner
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 53
Email: andrea.lechner@brsmeas.org

Andrea Lechner

Andrea Lechner

Andrea works as a Programme Officer in the Governance Branch. She is responsible for the organization of the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and its Bureau. She also coordinates meetings of the Chemical Review Committee, as well as the work on enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention.

Andrea holds a master’s degree in business administration and a second master’s degree in French philology, as well as an advanced university degree in international studies. She speaks German (native), English and French (bilingual), and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Andrea is an Austrian national.

Coordinates

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 53
Email: andrea.lechner@brsmeas.org

Mr. Ariel Dayao
Documents Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 11
Email: ariel.dayao@brsmeas.org

Ariel Dayao

Ariel Dayao

As the Documents Assistant, Ariel Dayao is responsible for liaising and organizing the submission of official meeting documents of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to the UNON Conference Services for editing and translation. He is also accountable for establishing and maintaining a computerized database to monitor and follow-up submission of documents and to keep track of the status of each document. Ariel also verifies the final meeting documents for any oversight (formatting, references, etc.) and thereafter coordinates their posting on the websites of the Secretariat by liaising with the Information Technology team.

Before joining UNEP in 1990, Ariel served the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva. Ariel is from the Philippines and holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (major in Accounting) from the Philippine School of Business Administration.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 11
Email: ariel.dayao@brsmeas.org

Ms. Juliette Voinov Kohler
Policy and Legal Advisor

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 19
Email: juliette.kohler@brsmeas.org

Juliette Voinov Kohler

Juliette Voinov Kohler

Ms. Juliette Voinov Kohler is a policy and legal advisor. She joined the Secretariat in December 2008 and is currently the head of the legal and policy unit (LPU) of the Governance Branch. The LPU team, which includes Ms. Angeles, Ms. Ewang, Ms. Wingfield and Ms. Terekhova, provides legal advisory functions to convention bodies, manages legal issues with respect to the implementation and further development of the conventions, such as country contacts, legal clarity, amendment-related issues, liability and compensation, compliance, legal information, legislation, controlling international trade, preventing and combating illegal traffic and trade, and issues pertaining to the enforcement of the conventions. Ms. Voinov Kohler also oversees the team’s responsibilities for the overall coordination of the international cooperation activities, which include cooperation with other multilateral environmental agreements’ secretariats, IGOs and NGOs, the overall management of partnerships issues, as well as strategic issues such as the synergies between the conventions, gender, indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Basel Convention expert working group on environmentally sound management, and the Basel Convention strategic framework.

Ms. Voinov Kohler holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law (summa cum laude) from the University of Geneva, an LL.M in international law (with Merit) from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from the University of Geneva. She was admitted to the Bar in Geneva. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ms. Voinov Kohler accumulated experience in international environmental law, international criminal law, humanitarian issues as well as in Swiss law (law firm, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Global Humanitarian Forum), in Switzerland as well as in the United States in New York (consultant) and in Chicago (Responsibility to Protect Coalition). Since 2011, she has been a lecturer in international environmental law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Ms. Voinov Kohler is a French national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 19
Email: juliette.kohler@brsmeas.org, juliette.kohler@un.org

Ms. Kei Ohno Woodall
Programme Officer - shared between 2 branches*

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 01
Email: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org

Kei Ohno Woodall

Kei Ohno Woodall

Kei is a Programme Officer in the Conventions Operations Branch, assigned as Deputy Chief of the Conventions Operations Branch. Her primary function is to coordinate the meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the three conventions: Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group, the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemicals Review Committee, and the Stockholm Convention’s Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee. She has been supporting the process for listing of new chemicals under the Stockholm Convention since she joined the Secretariat in 2007.

Before joining the Secretariat, Kei was a consultant for the Ministry of the Environment Japan specialized in chemicals management, risk assessment and environmental monitoring. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in environmental analytical chemistry from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Kei is a Japanese national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 01
Email: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org

Ms. Leslie Angeles
Programme Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 99
Email: leslie.angeles@brsmeas.org

Leslie Angeles

Leslie Angeles

Provides administrative and secretarial support in the coordination of COPs and subsidiary bodies meeting, Legal and CLI programme; Assists in the implementation of the programme of work by making information needed for project management available; Provides support to other Branches of the Secretariat as required.

Leslie is from the Philippines and studied Computer Programming. Before joining the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, Leslie worked with the World Health Organization for 5 years as Administrative Clerk.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 99
Email: leslie.angeles@brsmeas.org

Ms. Marylene Beau
Programme Officer

Telephone: + 41 (0) 22 917 83 87
Email: marylene.beau@brsmeas.org

Marylene Beau

Marylene Beau

Marylene works as a Programme Officer for the Secretariat’s Conventions Operations Branch (COB). She is responsible for the overall coordination of the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention. As such, she coordinates the development of work plans, track implementation of decisions and assist with preparation of documents. In addition, her work for the Secretariat includes a number of collaborative activities with partner organizations in areas of relevance to the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

From 2008 to 2011, she assisted the Stockholm Convention Secretariat in the delivery of technical assistance to Parties through training workshops, projects, webinars, and online training. Before joining the Secretariat, Marylene worked at the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) from 2004 to 2008. As part of her duties, she managed capacity-building projects to support countries in the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements for chemicals, such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Marylene holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Telecom Business School, France. In 2004, she specialized in environmental management after having completed a Masters course from the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, Denmark. Marylene is a French national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: + 41 (0) 22 917 83 87
Email: marylene.beau@brsmeas.org

Ms. Susan Wingfield
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 06
Email: susan.wingfield@brsmeas.org

Susan Wingfield

Susan Wingfield

As a Programme Officer in the Convention Operations Branch, Ms. Wingfield is responsible for the overall coordination of activities associated with the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve effectiveness of the Basel Convention and the Strategic Framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012-2021. She is also the policy, technical and capacity building lead for the Secretariat on ship dismantling issues.

Ms. Wingfield is a New Zealand national and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Economic History and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Technology, both from the University of London. Before joining SBC in 2008, she worked for 2 years with the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with a focus on waste and ship recycling issues. Prior to this, she worked as a project manager in both the financial and IT sectors.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 06
Email: susan.wingfield@brsmeas.org

Ms. Tatiana Terekhova
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 40
Email: tatiana.terekhova@brsmeas.org

Tatiana Terekhova

Tatiana Terekhova

Tatiana Terekhova has a leading role in training activities in the area of the technical assistance for the three Conventions. Prior to this function, she was coordinating capacity-building activities for the implementation of the Basel Convention, in particular the E-waste Africa programme.

She has been in the United Nations family for over 9 years. This includes the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) secretariat / UNEP where she managed the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund and the UN Institute for Training and Research where she provided assistance to developing countries and countries in economy in transition in various areas of sound chemicals and wastes management. Tatiana is a national of the Russian Federation. She has a background in international environmental law and has law degrees from Russia and Switzerland.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 40
Email: tatiana.terekhova@brsmeas.org

Ms. Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti
Legal Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 12
Email: yvonne.ewang@brsmeas.org

Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti

Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti

Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti has worked as Associate Legal Officer since April 2009. She provides and assists in providing legal advice and guidance, including responding to oral and written queries from Parties and other stakeholders. Ms. Ewang-Sanvincenti handles and tracks information with legal implications – national legislation; notifications of national definitions and import/export prohibitions; exemptions; designation of country contacts. She also assists in alleged cases of illegal traffic and facilitates the resolution of differences between Parties. She also supports corporate legal services; implementation of the Secretariats’ work programmes related to legal matters; and provides legal support to Conventions’ bodies’ meetings.

Ms. Ewang-Sanvincenti, of Cameroonian-British origin, qualified to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. She has experience in private legal practice, industry, inter-governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations in England, France and Switzerland. Ms. Ewang-Sanvincenti has completed a post-graduate Legal Practice Course and holds an LLB (Hons) in European Languages and Law. She speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 12
Email: yvonne.ewang@brsmeas.org

Conference and Information Services Branch

Mr. Osmany Pereira Gonzalez
Chief, Conference and Information Services Branch

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 94
E-mail: osmany.pereira@brsmeas.org

Osmany Pereira Gonzalez

Osmany Pereira Gonzalez

Osmany joined UNEP in August 1993 and supported the negotiation processes of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions from its early days. He joined the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention in October 2006 as Information officer. Managing the Conference Services and Information Technology teams are amongst his main responsibilities, including the development of a joint clearing-house mechanism for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

Osmany is a national the republic of Cuba and holds a master's degree in mathematics and economy, with specialization in computerized information systems application and development.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 94
E-mail: osmany.pereira@brsmeas.org

Mr. Julien Hortoneda
Information Systems Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 20
Email: julien.hortoneda@brsmeas.org

Julien Hortoneda

Julien Hortoneda

Serving as a clearing-house mechanism officer, Julien is in charge of information exchange activities of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm secretariats.

Before joining UNEP in Geneva in 2011,  Julien worked as an information systems specialist in France and Cambodia where he gained a strong technical experience in designing and implementing web-based information systems. In 2006, Julien had the opportunity to work at the UNEP Division of Communication and Public Information in Nairobi and was in charge of systems supporting the UNEP website (www.unep.org).

Julien is from France and holds a master’s in Social Science from Toulouse’s University and another one in Information Technology from Paris’s University.

Coordinates:

Telephone:+41 (0) 22 917 82 20
Email: julien.hortoneda@brsmeas.org

 

Mr. Charles Avis
Public Information Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 52
E-mail: charles.avis@brsmeas.org

Charlie Avis

Charlie Avis

As the Public Information Officer, Charlie is responsible for overall Communications, Outreach, and Public Awareness for the BRS Secretariat. With a background in ecosystems and green economy, he has been working on the interface of science/policy/communications for 20 years and has experience from the private, NGO, academic and UN sectors in Africa, Europe, SE Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to joining the Secretariat in August 2014, Charlie was Programme Officer for the joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative, based at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. With a BSc. degree in Geography (UCL, UK) and an MSc. Agr. in Rural Development (UCD, Ireland), his work has always concentrated on the development and communication of solutions to complex environmental problems and challenges. He worked for WWF International for more than a decade, including as Policy Officer on water and river basin management policies in the Danube river basin (1998-2003); as Project Leader developing business/nature solutions in Europe and North Africa (2003-09); and as Conservation Director of the South Pacific Programme, in Fiji (2010-2011). He is Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK) since 1994 and Kinship Conservation Fellow (USA) since 2007. Charlie is originally from Portsmouth, in England, and lives with his Hungarian wife and their two children.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 52
E-mail: charles.avis@brsmeas.org

Mr. Alejandro Montero
Associate Information Systems Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 82
Email: alejandro.montero@brsmeas.org

Alejandro Montero

Alejandro Montero
Alejandro manages the website technically and services the IT needs.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 82
Email: alejandro.montero@brsmeas.org

Mr. Le Gong
Information Systems Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 08
Email: le.gong@brsmeas.org

Le Gong

Le Gong

Le is responsible for developing and managing the conventions' 4 websites and databases, an essential and major component of the Clearing-house Mechanism. He is also an active member and contributor to other information exchange activities of the Conventions.

Prior to joining UNEP in July 2008, Le worked at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as a training assistant on the Humanitarian Coordination System Strengthening Project.

Le holds two bachelor’s degrees, a BA in Business Management and a BS in Computer Science, both from Webster University.

Le speaks English, French and Mandarin.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 08
Email: le.gong@brsmeas.org

Ms. Stéphanie Cadet
Meeting Services Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 24
E-mail: stephanie.cadet@brsmeas.org

Stéphanie Cadet

Stéphanie Cadet

Stéphanie is the focal point for conference services. She serves as first point to the Convention(s) in the Administrative Services Branch (ASB), conference services regarding the organizational arrangements for meeting participants of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs), subsidiary bodies and expert meetings and to the coordinator(s) by coordinating, organizing and prioritizing work. This involves the monitoring of progress according to schedules of work, the establishment of functional timelines for registration, travel and correspondence processes. She is responsible for receiving and screening official nominations and registration of participants and experts and is also the point of contact for diplomatic missions, ministries, international organizations and agencies during the preparation of the meetings. Stéphanie handles the process of credentials of the representatives of the Parties, the registration and DSA payment process during the major conferences of the three Conventions

Stéphanie started in the United Nations in 1995. She worked for one year at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the External Relations Division and for the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1996 to 1999 in the Division of Human Resources Management. She joined the UNEP Chemicals’ unit in August 1999 and assisted this unit in organizing meetings/workshops in Geneva and elsewhere such as the first Global Mercury Assessment (GMA) meeting, the international Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), the Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committees (INCs) and workshops on POPs. She also provided assistance in the capacity building programme and to the Administration. Stéphanie was appointed to the position of programme assistant at the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention in 2006.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 24
E-mail: stephanie.cadet@brsmeas.org

Mr. Lalantha Sirisenage
Information Technology Assistant

Telephone: +41(0) 22 917 82 29
Email: lalantha.sirisenage@brsmeas.org 

Lalantha Sirisenage

Lalantha Sirisenage

Lalantha started working with Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm secretariats as of the 3rd of January 2013 in the Knowledge Management Team. He supports and maintains the database and Information system for the Stockholm, Rotterdam and Basel systems. As part of the IT team, Lalantha is also supporting the IT team in issues related to the Integration of the network platforms and e-mail systems.

Before joining UNEP/BRS in January 2013, Lalantha worked at the Information Communication and Technology Service (ICTS), The United Nations Office at Geneva(UNOG) as a Computer Operation Assistant. During his tenure at the ICTS, He has worked and provided IT support to UNOG, UNCTAD, UNHABITAT, ISDR, PCDMB, and UNEP. Lalantha has vast experience in all facets of Domino administration, troubleshooting, installations, and maintenance for various desktop operations, hardware, and software while working with United Nation System, further gained experience video conferencing at the UN Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).

Lalantha is from Sri Lanka and Holds a bachelor's degree (BSc) in Science (Computer Science, Mathematics and Chemistry), diploma in hardware and networking. Further, several certifications in graphic designing/animations and training for trainers.

Coordinates

Telephone: +41(0) 22 917 8 229 
Email: lalantha.sirisenage@brsmeas.org 

Ms. Silvia Blanc
Language Reference Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 75
E-mail: silvia.blanc@brsmeas.org

Silvia Blanc

Silvia Blanc

Silvia provides management of the Translation services: in-house translation services (translations into French and Spanish of web pages, press releases, correspondence, presentations, leaflets, etc.), management of translation requests, evaluation of resources needed and preparation of translation schedules, and management of contracts and work assignment for an external pool of freelance translators in 6 UN languages.

Silvia joined UNEP in 1998 and has worked in Chemicals and in the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention. She provided update and development of the Rotterdam Convention web site in English, French and Spanish. She assisted the Secretariat in managing the Integrated office automated system by maintaining the database (DNAs, OCPs, Importing Countries Responses and Notifications). She provided inhouse translations and proofreading from English into French and Spanish concerning chemicals notifications from Parties, publication material, web pages, leaflets, press releases, Notes Verbales, meeting invitation letters, confirmation letters, registration forms, etc. Silvia is from Argentina and holds a diploma in Legal Translation French-Spanish, delivered by the Buenos Aires' University

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 75
E-mail: silvia.blanc@brsmeas.org

Ms. Digna Francisco
Public Information Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 96
E-mail: digna.francisco@brsmeas.org

Digna Francisco

Digna Francisco

Digna supports the entire spectrum of BRS communication, public awareness and outreach activities. She coordinates the production of publications, and assists with other public awareness materials, visual identity and multimedia resources through administrative, graphic design, and photographic inputs. She advises external partners on BRS brand management and useage issues and is the gatekeeper for BRS logos.

Formerly, she served as the focal point to the Rotterdam Convention, receiving, coordinating and monitoring program support required for its implementation. She supported conference services with the preparation and delivery of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies. Digna was born and raised in the tropical haven of Asia, the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1983) from Manila Central University. She joined UNEP in May 2001.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 96
E-mail: digna.francisco@brsmeas.org

Mr. Andrew Isaac
Conference Services Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 04
Email: andrew.isaac@brsmeas.org

Andrew Isaac

Andrew Isaac

Andrew assists the Conventions Operations Branch in providing logistical support for meetings and conferences of the three conventions.

He initially joined the Stockholm Convention secretariat on 1st December 2006. He previously worked in the field of Information Technology. Andrew was born in India and has spent the last 30 years in Switzerland.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 04
Email: andrew.isaac@brsmeas.org

Ms. Jo Ann Princess Edma
Team Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 18
Email: joann.edma@brsmeas.org

Jo Ann Princess Edma

Jo Ann Princess Edma

Ms. Edma is a Team Assistant, providing support to the coordination of COPs and subsidiary bodies meeting by providing secretarial and administrative assistance as required. She also supports donor reporting and follow up of negotiations with donors on strategic funding agreements. Ms. Edma assists in the implementation of the programme of work by making information needed for project management available.

Ms. Edma is from the Philippines and holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Ms. Edma previously worked as a technical support representative for a computer company. Prior to joining the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention, Ms Edma worked as an intern for UNEP Administrative Service Center where she was involved in updating their filing system, verified disbursement of payment in Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) and assisted in workshop preparation of UNEP/Chemicals.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 18
Email: joann.edma@brsmeas.org

Science and Technical Assistance Branch

Ms. Abiola Olanipekun
Chief, Science and Technical Assistance Branch

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 05
Email: abiola.olanipekun@brsmeas.org

Abiola Olanipekun

Abiola Olanipekun
Ms. Abiola Olanipekun is the Chief of the Scientific Support Branch. Her responsibilities include leading, planning and implementing the programme of work of the Branch related to technical and scientific aspects; national reporting; coordinating the work on the development of technical guidelines, tools and guidance; finalization of draft texts for amendments/submissions on lists of chemicals and wastes; providing support on technical and strategic issues to Parties and the Executive Secretary; coordinating the input of the Branch into the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties and their subsidiary bodies; in close coordination with other Branches, planning and executing joint activities on scientific matters; and collaborating and liaising with other UN organizations and agencies on scientific and technical cooperation issues.

Ms. Olanipekun, a Nigerian citizen, worked for the Federal Ministry of Environment Nigeria (1987 to 2013) in the Chemicals Management Division of the Department of Pollution Control & Environmental Health and has led and coordinated the African region for over a decade in major international negotiations, policies and programmes on sound management of chemicals. She served as Chairperson on the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Programme Advisory Group and member of UNEP Experts’ Groups on a number of recent international chemicals management initiatives. She has been a prominent advocate of key outcomes that have enabled the global community’s efforts to achieve sound management of chemicals. She holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters Degree in Biochemistry and Environmental Science and Technology respectively from University of Benin, Nigeria and UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 05
Email:  abiola.olanipekun@brsmeas.org

Mr. Alexander Mangwiro
Programme Officer, Focal Point for the African Region

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 58
E-mail: alexander.mangwiro@brsmeas.org

Alexander Mangwiro

Alexander Mangwiro

Alex's current functions: lead for identification and development of training methodologies in the Technical Assistance Branch. Workshop delivery; Project execution; Support all activities on Technical Assistance.

Alex has an MSc in Food Science and a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry. He has worked for Cairns Foods Limited as a Food Technologist / Flavourist. He was the Deputy Director of the Government Analyst Laboratory in Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Zimbabwe, for 5 years, then chief Hazardous Substances and Articles Controller for 11 years. Alex administered the Hazardous Substances and Articles Act, on Chemical and Radiation Safety. He carried out inspections of chemical enterprises and ionizing radiation licensees, to determine compliance with regulations. He was the Designated National Authority for the Rotterdam Convention, also Basel and Stockholm Conventions focal point. He was the IFCS standing committee member, then he joined UNEP Chemicals as a consultant working on dioxin and furan sampling and analysis project for Africa. After two years he became a UNITAR fellow in the Training and Capacity Building Programmes in Chemicals, Waste and Environmental Governance; Petroleum and Human Development Programme. He Initiated the process of elaborating environmental profiles in the 5 Niger Delta States in Nigeria. Alex is from Zimbabwe.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 58
E-mail: alexander.mangwiro@brsmeas.org

Ms. Ana-Maria Witt
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 85 53
Email: ana.witt@brsmeas.org

Ana-Maria Witt

Ana-Maria Witt

Ana-Maria Witt works as a Programme Officer on the minimization and elimination of unintentional releases of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), monitoring of POPs and the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ana worked on various environmental issues, doing research and project coordination, implementation and monitoring for the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, especially on energy security and risk assessment aspects, and for UNEP/DEWA-Europe in the integrated environmental assessment field.

Ana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University A.I. Cuza, Romania, a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has authored a number of publications on climate change impacts and vulnerability assessment, the topic of her doctoral thesis. As a native of Romania, she has extensively worked in the Carpathian region in the framework of the Carpathian Convention.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 85 53
Email: ana.witt@brsmeas.org

Ms. Carla Valle-Klann
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 86
Email: carla.valle@brsmeas.org

Carla Valle-Klann

Carla Valle-Klann

Carla is responsible for the areas pertaining to the Basel Convention technical guidelines and National Reporting under the Stockholm Convention. Carla joined the Secretariat in September 2010.

She has been working for the United Nations (UN) since 2005. Before working for the UN Environment Programme, she worked for the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, and at the UN Headquarters in New York with UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). From 2001 to 2005, she worked as researcher in Germany, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Technologies and for the University RWTH Aachen. Before 2001, she worked, for several years, in the private sector, within various entities, and universities, based in Brazil. Carla holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University RWTH Aachen, Germany, and speaks Portuguese (native), English and German (bilingual), as well as French. Carla is a Brazilian national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 86
Email: carla.valle@brsmeas.org

Ms. Florencia Verdi
Research Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 89
Email: florencia.verdi@brsmeas.org

Florencia Verdi

Florencia performs documentary research on POPs and provides assistance in identifying and accessing relevant data and information on scientific and technical issues relevant to the conventions. She is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the cataloging system for the classification of documents of a scientific and technical nature.

Florencia joined UNEP in 2001, and has served the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention since 2006. She was educated in chemical engineering at the University of San Marcos in Lima, and has followed post graduate studies in Development Studies at the University of Geneva and in Environmental Engineering and Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She also studied information systems and web design. Florencia is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 89
Email: florencia.verdi@brsmeas.org

Ms. Francesca Cenni
Programme Officer, Focal Point to Latin America and Caribbean

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 64
Email: francesca.cenni@brsmeas.org

Francesca Cenni

Francesca Cenni

Ms. Cenni is a programme officer of the Technical Assistance Branch. She coordinates the development of new webinars and coordinates the Probo Koala assistance programme in Africa. Previously she coordinated the E-waste Africa programme and the Mercury programme of the Basel Convention, facilitating projects in cooperation with the Basel Regional Centres.

Prior to joining UNEP, Ms. Cenni was the environmental manager of a chemical company in the waste water treatment sector, where she was responsible for the environmental management system, according to the ISO 14000 standards. In UNEP she worked for the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention and for the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention. Also, she was a member of the team in charge of the Palestinian-Israeli portfolio of activities of the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch. Ms. Cenni, an Italian national, holds a Master's degree in environmental sciences and studied at Bologna University, in Italy and Lund University in Sweden, where she specialized in marine toxicology.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 64
Email: francesca.cenni@brsmeas.org

Mr. Gamini Manuweera
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 04
E-mail: gamini.manuweera@brsmeas.org

Gamini Manuweera

Gamini Manuweera

Gamini implements the work programmes on endosulfan , lindane and activities for the evaluation of continued need for DDT for disease vector control including coordination of the Global Alliance for the development and deployment of alternatives to DDT. He also manages the registers of specific exemptions of the Stockholm Convention (Article 4) and develops technical documents to facilitate Parties reducing reliance on POPs and conforming to specific exemptions and acceptable purposes. In providing support to the work of the scientific subsidiary bodies under the Conventions, Gamini coordinates the intersessional work of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee related to pesticides, toxic interactions and climate change.

Gamini comes with over two decades of experience in sound management of pesticides. He has been involved in establishing the pesticide management infrastructure of Sri Lanka and led its implementation for 15 years as the Registrar of Pesticides to significantly reduce pesticide related problems in the country. Gamini has also served as an expert in international bodies related to pesticides management including the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention. He has been actively involved in research related to pesticide management and teaching on chemical toxicology. He has a Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia, in the field of eco-toxicological chemistry.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 04
E-mail: gamini.manuweera@brsmeas.org

Ms. Katarina Magulova
Programme Officer

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 70
Email: katarina.magulova@brsmeas.org

Katarina Magulova

Katarina Magulova

Katarina Magulova is working in the Secretariat as Programme Officer since May 2006. In the Scientific Support Branch she manages the programme on minimization or elimination of unintentional releases of POPs under Article 5 of the Stockholm Convention, including source inventories and release estimates, as well as best available techniques and best environmental practices (BAT&BEP). Her other major task is related to coordination of effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention under Article 16, including management of the world-wide implementation of the POPs Global Monitoring Plan. Katarina is supporting the Branch Chief in overall coordination of issues relevant to the Stockholm Convention.

Also before joining the Secretariat, her work was focusing on the technical aspects of environment protection such as development and implementation of legislation, strategies and action plans for reduction of harmful pollution; issues related to best available techniques and best environmental practices and their implementation on international, regional and national levels; inventory of environment pollution sources and their releases; as well as development of on-ground projects to implement concrete actions. She worked as national expert in a governmental agency from 1991-2002, as consultant in UNEP Chemicals during 2002 and as freelance consultant from 2003 to 2006. Katarina has Slovak nationality and holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 70
Email: katarina.magulova@brsmeas.org

Ms. Kei Ohno Woodall
Programme Officer - shared between 2 branches*

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 01
Email: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org

Kei Ohno Woodall

Kei Ohno Woodall

Kei is a Programme Officer in the Conventions Operations Branch, assigned as Deputy Chief of the Conventions Operations Branch. Her primary function is to coordinate the meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the three conventions: Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group, the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemicals Review Committee, and the Stockholm Convention’s Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee. She has been supporting the process for listing of new chemicals under the Stockholm Convention since she joined the Secretariat in 2007.

Before joining the Secretariat, Kei was a consultant for the Ministry of the Environment Japan specialized in chemicals management, risk assessment and environmental monitoring. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in environmental analytical chemistry from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Kei is a Japanese national.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 01
Email: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org

Ms. Melisa T.S. Lim
Programme Officer, Focal Point to Central and Eastern Europe and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 83
Email: melisa.lim@brsmeas.org

Melisa T.S. Lim

Melisa T.S. Lim

Melisa Lim is responsible for implementing activities aimed at promoting reduced reliance on and the elimination of chemicals newly listed under the Stockholm Convention, with a focus on industrial POPs (brominated diphenyl ethers and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid). She implements the work programme on new POPs and facilitates the development of technical guidelines to assist parties in the sound management of newly listed POPs. To support the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, she coordinates its intersessional work on industrial POPs and the evaluation of candidate POPs and of proposals for the listing of new chemicals. She contributes to synergy activities aimed at coordination among the scientific subsidiary bodies and the inclusion of newly listed POPs in technical guidelines mandated by the Basel Convention.

Prior to joining UNEP, Melisa served with the Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board, the UN body mandated to promote the implementation of the international drug control conventions. Her work centred around the regulation of psychoactive substances and promoting access to narcotics for pain treatment. Melisa has extensive experience as a research scientist and has led projects on subjects ranging from plant immunity to the toxicity of heavy metals. Melisa holds a Ph.D in biology from Washington University in St Louis. Her undergraduate degree is in biology and environmental science. Melisa is a national of Mauritius.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 83
Email: melisa.lim@brsmeas.org

Ms. Philomena Joseph
Team Assistant

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 99
E-mail: philomena.joseph@brsmeas.org

Philomena Joseph

Philomena Joseph

Philomena works in the Scientific Support Branch of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. She assists with the organization of workshops and meetings and provides any other support, including sending letters to meeting participants, organizing staff and participants travel and distributing DSA. She also circulates official correspondence regarding projects and programmes of the Secretariat as appropriate and assists with inputting data on national reporting into the report database.

Philomena, a Swiss national of Indian origin, was educated at the University of Calcutta in Political Science, Economy and Psychology. She also has a diploma in Fashion Designing with Maggy Meyers Institute of Fashion Technology. Before joining the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention in January 2008, Philomena worked with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Home for the dying & destitutes and the Orphanage, based in Calcutta, India. She also has experience working with other UN organizations, the private sector, NGOs and the State Red Cross.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 99
E-mail: philomena.joseph@brsmeas.org

Mr. Suman Sharma
Programme Officer, Focal Point for the Asian Region

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 10
Email: suman.sharma@brsmeas.org

Suman Sharma

Suman Sharma

Suman takes lead in collecting technical assistance requests submitted by Parties to the Secretariat and serves as a contact point for issues pertaining to the regional centres. In addition, he is also involved in the activities relating to capacity building and partnerships within the Technical Assistance Branch of the Secretariat.

Prior to joining UNEP in January 2007, he worked for the Government of Nepal in various capacities. Started professional career as an analytical chemist in 1988 and worked for about 10 years in this capacity. In 1998 he moved to the Ministry of Environment where his principal area of work was environmental pollution control. His areas of work included drafting of policy, program and projects on pollution control including formulation of environmental standards. In addition to this, he liaised with various bilateral and multilateral donors/partners in the activities relating to environmental pollution control. In 2001 he took the management responsibility of the Air Quality Management Project for Kathmandu valley. Suman is a Nepali. He completed his M.Sc. degree in physical chemistry in 1984 from TU, Nepal. In 2003, he got another M.Sc. degree in Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 10
Email: suman.sharma@brsmeas.org

Rotterdam Secretariat FAO Rome Office

Ms. Christine Fuell
Senior Officer

Telephone: +39 06 5705 3765
Email: Christine.fuell@fao.org

Christine Fuell

Christine Fuell

Christine's responsibilities include:

- Coordination: Leading the FAO based part of the Rotterdam Convention (RC) Secretariat; organisation of programme of work; supervision of implementation of the RC;
- Policy and technical advice: Coordination and support of RC meetings (COP, CRC); provision of policy and technical advice on pesticides;
- Management: Day to day management related to RC and synergy activities and management tasks within FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 5705 3765
Email: Christine.fuell@fao.org


Mr. Gerold Wyrwal
Programme Officer

Telephone: +39 06 5705 2753
Email: Gerold.wyrwal@fao.org

Gerold Wyrwal

Gerold Wyrwal

Gerold's responsibilities include:

- Technical Assistance: Strategic advice, co-ordination and implementation of technical assistance activities; development of programme for Technical Assistance with emphasis on pilot projects to assist Parties to improve their capacity to meet their obligations with respect to pesticides and SHPF; Resource mobilization;
- COP and subsidiary bodies: Support organizing and convening of Conferences of the Parties and Chemical Review Committee meetings;
- Supporting co-ordination: Managing financial and administrative matters;

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 5705 2753
Email: Gerold.wyrwal@fao.org


Ms. Yun Zhou
Programme Officer

Telephone: +39 06 5705 4160
Email: yun.zhou@fao.org

Yun Zhou

Yun Zhou

Yun's responsibilities include:

  • COP and subsidiary bodies: Support for the preparation and execution of Conference of the Parties and Chemical Review Committee meetings; coordination of CRCs inter-sessional work; scientific review of pesticide related documents for the CRC;
  • Technical Assistance: Development and delivery of technical assistance with particular focus on Asia; technical and policy advice on pesticides.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 5705 4160
Email: yun.zhou@fao.org

Mario Yarto
Programme Officer

Telephone: +39 06 5705 0583
E-mail: mario.yarto@fao.org

Mario Yarto

Mario Yarto

Mario's responsibilities include:

- Technical Assistance: Delivery of Technical Assistance with particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean; preparation of project proposals for the resource mobilization strategy;
- Capacity building: Development of technical and policy information for training materials related to pesticides risk reduction; dissemination of information on alternatives to hazardous pesticides;
- COP and subsidiary bodies: Support for the preparation and execution of Conference of the Parties and Chemical Review Committee meetings.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 5705 0583
Email: mario.yarto@fao.org



Mr. Mohamed El Hady Sidatt
Programme Officer

Telephone: +21670145700
Email: MohamedelHady.Sidatt@fao.org

Mohamed El Hady Sidatt

Mohamed El Hady Sidatt

Mohamed's responsibilities include:

- Technical Assistance: Development and delivery of technical assistance activities with focus on Africa and Near East;
- COP and subsidiary bodies: Support for the preparation and execution of the Conference of Parties and the Chemical Review Committee meetings.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +21670145700 / +21671906553
                    Extension: 329
Email: MohamedelHady.Sidatt@fao.org


Mr. Aleksandar Mihajlovski
Programme Officer

Telephone: +39 06 5705 2801
Email: Aleksandar.Mihajlovski@fao.org

Aleksandar Mihajlovski

Aleksandar Mihajlovski

Aleksandar's responsibilities include:

- PIC Circular: Prepares the semi-annual PIC - collects, reviews and verifies the: Import Response (IR) for pesticides subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure;Notifications of final regulatory actions (FRA) to ban or severely restrict pesticidesand proposals for severely hazardous pesticide formulations (SHPF). In addition co-ordinates translation into English, Spanish and French, ensures consistency across language versions, and ensures its publication (CD and web);
- Technical Focus: Facilitates information exchange and provides technical input and support to the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention and the operation of its Secretariat.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 5705 2801
Email: Aleksandar.Mihajlovski@fao.org


Ms. Soraya Vicente Matias
Programme Assistant

Telephone: +39 06 570 55836
Email: Soraya.vicentematias@fao.org

Soraya Vicente Matias

Soraya Vicente Matias

Soraya's responsibilities include:

- Coordination of administrative and logistics arrangements for COP and CRC meetings and technical workshops in the field
- Financial reports and transactions
- Human Resources staffing actions (staff and consultants)
- Liaison with experts, FAO offices and UN organizations
- Administrative focal point for the Rotterdam Convention team at FAO

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 570 55836
Email: Soraya.vicentematias@fao.org



Ms. Alessandra Innelli
Office Assistant

Telephone: +39 06 5705 3545
Email: Alessandra.Innelli@fao.org

Alessandra Innelli

Alessandra Innelli

Alessandra's responsibilities include:

- Data entry in database for PIC Circular;
- Correspondence with stakeholders;
- Recruitment of consultants, raising POs and follow up payments; raising travel authorizations;
- Assistance in meeting preparation and logistics arrangements;
- Formatting proceedings;
- Compile, maintain, update and distribute inventory in various languages for RC publications.

Coordinates:

Telephone: +39 06 5705 3545
Email: Alessandra.Innelli@fao.org



* Shared between the Governance and Science and Technical Assistance Branches