Rotterdam Convention Secretariat FAO team (Rome)
Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 40
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.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 40
Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 86
Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012 and holds a Master’s degree in political science and international law.
Together with the Executive Secretary, Kerstin leads the management of the Secretariat of the three conventions and performs the representational functions for the Secretariat. She is responsible for the operational implementation of the work programmes of the three conventions, overseeing, monitoring, and reporting on delivery. She also supervises and directs the work of the three branches of the Secretariat, with a view to achieving synergies.
Formerly, Kerstin held the post of Director for International Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment, Finland. During her time with the Ministry she led intergovernmental processes on international environmental governance and Rio+20, co-chaired the intergovernmental process on synergies among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and coordinated international environmental cooperation with UNEP and multilateral agreements. She has also worked for many years on biodiversity related issues, including forest biodiversity when working for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and as Secretary for the Nordic Genetic Resources Council for plants and animals. She further explored the science-policy interface during her time as Scientific Adviser at the Academy of Finland.
Ms. Maria Cristina Cárdenas Fischer
Policy and Strategy Adviser
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 35
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.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 35
Ms. Adelina Gashi-Metarapi
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 71
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.
M. Bruce Noronha
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 95
Bruce joined the BRS Secretariat on 1 June 2015, providing Administrative and Fund Management Services for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
Previously, Bruce provided Finance and Administrative Services for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, in Bonn where he served for three years. Bruce has over twenty years of experience with UNEP and has held a number of different positions at UNEP-headquarters, including in the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions and the Office for Operations, mostly relating to programme planning, coordination and management.
Bruce has a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a national of Kenya.
Telephone: +41(0) 22 917 87 95
Mr. Frank Moser
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 89 51
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).
Mr. Innocent Kalumba
Finance and Budget Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 21
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).
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 03
Mrs. Laura Meszaros
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 60
Since April 2011, Laura 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 his office.
From 2005-2011, she was the OIC for the Geneva-based secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention. From 1990 to 2004, she worked at a number of different offices at UNEP HQs such as the Division of Environmental Conventions: supporting the implementation of cross-cutting issues between MEAs, 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 UNEP Managing Director, as the special assistant to the Managing Director, at the Global Resource Information Database (GRID): as a remote sensing/GIS analyst. Laura is Argentinian.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 60
Ms. Lorraine Deakin-Metzger
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 45
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.
Mr. Peter Rossiter
Finance and Budget Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 26
Peter supports the Secretariat in the areas of finance, budget, human resources, procurement and other general admin functions.
Peter joined UNEP in 2004 and is from United Kingdom.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 26
Ms. Satu Ojaluoma
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 8682
Mr. David M. Ogden
Chief, Conventions Operations Branch
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 90
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.
Mr. Alain Wittig
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 27
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.
Mr. Alejandro Montero
Associate Information Systems Officer
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 82
Ms. Andrea Lechner
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 53
Andrea works as a Programme Officer in the Conventions Operations Branch. She is responsible for the organization of the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and its Bureau. Among others, Andrea coordinates the preparation of meeting documents and reports, president’s notes and the development and implementation of Secretariat work plans. She also works on a number of joint activities on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
Andrea, an Austrian national, 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 joined the Secretariat in 2008 and has since then worked in a number of areas of the Secretariat.
Mr. Andrew Isaac
Conference Services Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 04
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.
Mr. Ariel Dayao
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 11
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.
Mr. Charles Avis
Public Information Officer
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 52
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.
Mr. Dan Dar-Ziv
Team Assistant – shared between COB and TAB
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 97
Ms. Digna Francisco
Public Information Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 96
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.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 96
Ms. Jo Ann Princess Edma
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 18
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.
Mr. Julien Hortoneda
Information Systems Officer
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 20
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.
Telephone:+41 (0) 22 917 82 20
Ms. Juliette Voinov Kohler
Policy and Legal Advisor
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 19
Ms. Juliette Voinov Kohler is policy and legal advisor. She joined the Secretariat in December 2008 and is currently the head of the Secretariat’s legal team. Her overall responsibilities include the provision of legal support and policy advice to the institutions of the Conventions, Parties, the Secretariat and other stakeholders. Her main duties and responsibilities include legal advice pertaining to the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties, compliance/non compliance mechanisms, enforcement and illegal trade/traffic (including international cooperation with enforcement organizations and networks), review of the synergies arrangements, environmental governance, liability and compensation, and specific legal issues in the context of the Country Led Initiative and of the Secretariat’s cooperation with the International Maritime Organization.
Ms. Voinov Kohler holds a PhD in international environmental law (summa cum laude, Geneva), an LLM in international law (with Merit, London School of Economics) and a law degree (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 Swiss law in Switzerland (Law firm, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Global Humanitarian Forum), New York (consultant) and Chicago (Responsibility to Protect Coalition). She is a French national.
Ms. Kei Ohno Woodall
Programme Officer – shared between COB and SSB
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 01
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.
Mr. Lalantha Sirisenage
Information Technology Assistant
Telephone: +41(0) 22 917 82 29
Lalantha started working with us 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.
Born in Sri Lanka.
Telephone: +41(0) 22 917 8 229
Mr. Le Gong
Information Systems Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 08
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 is a Chinese national from the city of Tianjin, and was educated in Switzerland. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, a BA in Business Management and a BS in Computer Science, both from Webster University.
Le speaks English, Mandarin and French.
Telephone:+41 (0) 22 917 83 08
Ms. Leslie Angeles
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 99
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.
Ms. M. Amélie Taoufiq-Cailliau
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 89 50
Within the Conventions Operations Branch, Ms. Taoufiq’s core functions are to:
- Lead corporate legal services, which mainly include: i) the drafting, negotiating, implementing of agreements/contracts with governments, Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and other pubic and private entities; ii) intellectual property issues; iii) dispute resolution & prevention;
- Lead the handling of legal matters related to: i) the technical and scientific bodies of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions as well as the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the Basel Convention; ii) international co-operation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); iii) operations & communications with the Treaty Section/ Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) of the United Nations Office in New York;
- Develop or assist in the preparation of legal tools, guidance, seminars, etc., to facilitate implementation of the Conventions.
Ms. Taoufiq took up her appointment as legal officer of the Stockholm Convention in July 2009 and managed the legal unit of the Joint Services for the Conventions until February 2012. Prior to joining the United Nations, she acquired significant professional experience in Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Santiago de Chile, as a 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, WTO). She qualified in 2001 and was called to the Paris Bar Court of Appeals. Both a native French and Moroccan national, Ms. Taoufiq was educated in the UK (London) and in France. She holds a Master’s Degree in international law from the University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne (2000) and a Master’s Degree in intellectual property/new technologies from the University of Paris II - Panthéon Assas (2001). 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.
Ms. Marylene Beau
Telephone: + 41 (0) 22 917 83 87
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.
Ms. Nalini Basavaraj
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 83
As the Information Officer, Ms. Basavaraj leads the quality assurance and quality control functions of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and synergies websites. She coordinates web content development activities and contributes to the clearing-house mechanism. She is also responsible for harmonizing website content and structure; developing guidelines; training secretariat staff on web content preparation; and supporting enhancement of information architecture.
Previously she also served as a programme officer (National reporting) from 1999 to 2009. During this period she developed and put in place a mechanism for systematic collection, processing, quality control and dissemination of data on the generation, export, import of hazardous and other wastes. An Indian citizen, Ms. Basavaraj has an academic background in Science. Prior to 2009, she served the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (Patancheru, P.O., India) – one of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Institute (CGIAR, Washington, D.C., USA); United States Department of Agriculture (USDA/NAL, Maryland, USA); International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland); and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Bonn, Germany) in various capacities.
Mr. Osmany Pereira Gonzalez
Information and Conference Services Manager
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 94
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.
Ms. Silvia Blanc
Language Reference Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 75
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
Ms. Stéphanie Cadet
Meeting Services Assistant
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 24
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.
Ms. Susan Wingfield
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 06
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.
Ms. Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 12
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.
Ms. Abiola Olanipekun
Chief, Scientific Support Branch
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 05
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.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 05
Ms. Ana-Maria Witt
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 85 53
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.
Ms. Carla Valle-Klann
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 86
Carla is responsible for the area of National Reporting under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions and all topics related to these themes (i.e. liaison with Parties, management of national reporting data, and training for the Parties in the area of National Reporting). She is the responsible officer for the synergies activities related to National Reporting, which involves the Basel and Stockholm conventions. She is also involved in the work of the Basel Convention technical guidelines on various topics. Carla joined the Secretariat in September 2010.
Carla is Brazilian and has been working with the UN organizations since 2005. Before working at UNEP, she worked at UNOG, at the UNFCCC, and at the UN Headquarters – with UNDESA - in New York. From 2001 to 2005, she worked as researcher in Germany, at the Fraunhofer Institut for Applied Technologies and for the university RWTH Aachen. Before 2001 she worked, for several years, for the private sector (in different organizations) and for universities in Brazil. Carla holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the university RWTH Aachen, Germany.
Ms. Florencia Verdi
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 89
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.
Mr. Gamini Manuweera
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 04
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.
Mr. Ibrahim Shafii
Senior Programme Officer
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 86 36
Ms. Katarina Magulova
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 81 70
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.
Ms. Melisa T.S. Lim
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 83
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.
Ms. Philomena Joseph
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 99
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.
Mr. Alexander Mangwiro
Programme Officer, Focal Point for the African Region
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 84 58
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.
Ms. Francesca Cenni
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 64
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.
Mr. Matthias Kern
Senior Programme Officer
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 87 67
Matthias Kern is Senior Programme Officer in the Technical Assistance Branch and has the lead for identifying and establishing or further strengthen partnerships and international cooperation related to technical assistance that address emerging issues or other stated priorities of the Conferences of the Parties.
He is German national and started his professional career as Research Associate at the Plant Protection Institute in Goettingen, Germany before he joined the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in 1986, where he worked in the field of pesticide and industrial chemicals handling and use, regulation and technical assistance for the implementation of international chemicals conventions. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Programme Officer for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other hazardous chemicals in the UNEP Division of Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination in Nairobi, where he coordinated the UNEP GEF projects related to toxic substances. From 2009 to 2012, he was Head of the Implementation and Capacity Building Unit in the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.
Mr. Suman Sharma
Programme Officer, Focal Point for the Asian Region
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 10
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.
Mr. Tarcisio Hardman Reis
Programme Officer, currently on special assignment
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 41
Tarcísio is the lead for the development of electronic training tools and for training of customs and enforcement officers. He is also the coordinator of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE), which is a partnership between governments, international organizations and networks on illegal traffic of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention.
Tarcísio has more than 10 years of experience in capacity building initially acquired at the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, where he worked in the strengthening of the Regional Centres, and more recently at the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, where he worked in the development of international cooperation and partnerships. Tarcísio, a Brazilian national, is a certified project manager and a Phd in international law.
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 82 52
Ms. Tatiana Terekhova
Programme Officer, Focal Point for the Central and Eastern European Region
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 83 40
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.
Mr. Wade Bowers
Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 88 17
Wade is Coordinator of the webinar programme for the Technical Assistance Branch of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
He joined UNEP’s Stockholm Convention Secretariat in April 2009 supporting the coordination of national, regional and sub-regional workshops, subsidiary body meetings and the Conference of the Parties. From March 2010 Wade performed similar functions for the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat while later assuming the role of technical support to the Stockholm Convention’s webinar programme. He has also provided web content management services for the Conventions.
Prior to joining the Conventions Wade worked for UNOG’s Division of Conference Management; The Global Fund’s Proposals and Grants Management unit; UNHQ NY, FALD/DPKO Field Service in UNAMIR Rwanda, ONUMOZ Mozambique and UNTSO Israel; United States Air Force, 39th and 18th Security Police Squadrons in Turkey, Japan, Korea, Guam and the Philippines; Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., bearer bonds division, Wall St. NY, USA.
Wade is an American national educated at the Community College of the Air Force, Industrial Security; Texas Tech University and Austin Community College, Business Administration/Real Estate; CUNY Research Institute, Mathematics.