Our Team in Ukraine

Denise Brown

Denise Brown

RCO
Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine
 
Ms. Brown brings more than 25 years of experience in humanitarian affairs and recovery programmes, with a particular concentration on complex emergencies and a thematic focus on operations, programme development, coordination and interagency relations.

Since 2019, Ms. Brown served as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.

Prior to this, she worked at the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome, first as Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Supportive Response Division and then as Director of Policy and Programmes.

From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Brown was WFP's Director for West and Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal, serving 20 countries. She spent most of her career in the field with WFP, covering a range of situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Niger, and Somalia. She has also worked with non-governmental organizations in Haiti and Cambodia. Ms. Brown has also served in New York.

Ms. Denise Brown holds a master’s degree in Children’s Development from Purdue University in the United States.

She is fluent in English and French.
Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen

IOM
Chief of Mission
Anh Nguyen is the Chief of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Mission in Ukraine since 2019. Previously he headed Migrant Protection and Assistance Division at IOM Headquarters in Geneva. Before this, Anh Nguyen was the Senior Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist with the IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. While posted in Ukraine until 2011, as the IOM Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Programme Coordinator, he managed IOM’s largest Counter-Trafficking Programme. Before joining IOM, Anh worked in the private sector where he held director-level positions for Pacific Gas and Electric Company based in California, USA and Altitude Software based in Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi

Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi

UNESCO
Liaison Officer
 
 
Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi is the UNESCO Desk in Kyiv’s Liaison Officer, since October 2022. She has over 22 years of professional experience with the Organization, mainly working in fragile states and emergency contexts. She has previously served as Executive Officer, Coordination and Partnership Officer at the Regional Office for Central Africa region (Yaoundé) (2018-2019, 2021-2022), Programme Coordinator of the Culture component of UNESCO's flagship initiative 'Li Beirut' – (Beirut, Lebanon 2020/21) and Senior Advisor and programme coordinator in several UNESCO Field Offices, among which Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Mozambique, Namibia, among others. For Iraq, she served as Culture Programme Specialist-Secretariat of the International Coordination Committee IRAQ (2004-2005). In 2006, she established the UNESCO Antenna Office in Juba, South Sudan, where she then served as a Liaison Officer. For UNESCO she has contributed to strategic papers in the field of heritage protection.

Ms. Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi holds a P.hD. in cultural heritage, and is Professor of protection of archaeological sites and then of architectural preservation at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy). She is author of several scientific publications.
Jaco Cilliers, portrait

Jaco Cilliers

UNDP
Resident Representative a.i.
Jaco Cilliers assumed the role of Resident Representative a.i. of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine on 9 November 2022. Previously, he was Manager of Bangkok Regional Hub since August 2019, and prior to that, he served the organization as Chief, Regional Policy and Programme Support for Asia and the Pacific since September 2017. Simultaneous to that position, Cilliers served as Senior Advisor for Innovation and Business Development at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. Between April 2011 to August 2017 Jaco was the Country Director of UNDP India and served as the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Uzbekistan. In these roles ,he was responsible for the management and coordination of UNDP Programmes and Operations. From November 2005 to March 2011 he worked with UNDP Cyprus as Peace and Development Advisor (PDA), and Senior Programme Manager/Head of Office.

Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Cilliers worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as Deputy Regional Director for Southern and Central Africa, and their senior advisor for conflict, peace, and reconstruction. He held management positions for other international development organizations in various parts of the world, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis at George Mason University and taught seminars and courses in conflict, reconstruction, and peace at Sabanci University (Turkey), Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), and the University of Notre Dame (US).

Mr. Cilliers completed his Ph.D. and Master’s Degrees in recovery, reconstruction, and peacebuilding from George Mason University in the United States, and his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) and BA Honours (cum laude) degrees from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He is married and has two children.
Jaime Nadal

Jaime Nadal

UNFPA
Representative in Ukraine, Country Director for Belarus
UNFPA Representative in Ukraine, Country Director for Belarus since September 2019

Started his collaboration with UNFPA in 1996, joining the organization in 1999 as Programme Officer in the Latin American and Caribbean Division at Headquarters, which included detail assignments in Guatemala and Haiti. In 2004, took up the position of Deputy Director for the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean, Jamaica where he was responsible for coordinating the delivery of UNFPA programme activities in 15 countries and 7 non-independent territories. He assumed the position of UNFPA Representative to Bolivia (2009), Egypt (2013) and Brazil (2015), leading the respective UNFPA teams through periods of significant political change and working as part of the UNCTs to advance the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. Prior to working for UNFPA, was a consultant to local public institutions in the context of a number of European Union regional development initiatives.
Jarno Habicht

Jarno Habicht

WHO
Representative and Head of WHO Country Office in Ukraine
Dr. Jarno Habicht is WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in Ukraine since November 2018. Dr. Habicht 's past experience includes working in the UN system, namely WHO, where Dr. Habicht has worked for the past few decades. Since 2003, Dr. Habicht has headed WHO Country Offices in Estonia, Republic of Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. As the Head of a WHO Country Office, he has experience managing WHO teams to ensure ongoing dialogue on health issues, providing targeted assistance in the development of health systems and key health issues, and responding to health crises in complex political, economic and geopolitical situations. Dr. Jarno Habicht graduated as a medical doctor and received a PhD in public health and health services research from the University of Tartu, Estonia. He has worked for the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, as well for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia, and at the same time he has carried out research on equity in access to health services and financial protection.
Karolina Billing

Karolina Lindholm Billing

UNHCR
Representative in Ukraine
 
 
Karolina Lindholm Billing joined UNHCR in 1999, as Associate Protection Officer in the then-Liaison Office for the Baltic Countries, which was located in Riga and covering Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Since then, she has worked for UNHCR in various management, legal and protection policy functions, in field operations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva.

Her latest assignments in UNHCR include Deputy Representative (protection) in Lebanon, Deputy Regional Representative for the Nordic and Baltic Countries, Senior Protection Officer in Zambia, Senior Liaison Officer (Human Rights) in the Division of International Protection at UNHCR’s Headquarters and Protection Officer in North Macedonia.

Karolina holds a Master’s in Law degree, with a specialization in human rights and refugee law from the University of Stockholm. She speaks Swedish, English and basic French, is married and has three children.
Filon Morar

Manuel Filon Morar

UNDPPA
Chief of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs in Ukraine
Mr. Morar arrived in Ukraine in June 2015 after working with the Department of Political Affairs at UN headquarters in New York. He has been working with the UN in several capacities since 2004, including in his previous assignment as UNSMIL-ED Head of Field Office and Head of External Relations in Libya (2012-2014). He worked with the UN Missions to Iraq (2004-2006; 2010), Afghanistan (2014), Republic of Moldova, Algeria, Guyana and with EU missions in Georgia (2008-2009) and Sudan (2011). Prior to joining the UN, he was Minister Counselor with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania (2000-2012). He was an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Bucharest (1997-2003) and a foreign policy expert with the Romanian Presidency (1997-1999). Mr. Morar has a PhD in Political Philosophy, a Masters in Political Science, and has published four books and over 70 articles in the fields of political science and international relations.
Matilda Bogner

Matilda Bogner

OHCHR
Head of Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine
Matilda Bogner has worked in the UN system since 2006. She headed the Regional Offices for OHCHR in Central Asia, the Pacific and South East Asia. She also headed the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and most recently was the Senior Human Rights Advisor for the UN in Belarus. Prior to that, she worked on human rights for nine years in the Europe and Central Asia region and speaks Russian fluently. She has a legal education and also worked as a criminal defence lawyer in Australia. She is married and has four children.
Matthew Hollingworth

Matthew Hollingworth

WFP
WFP Representative & Country Director
 
 
Mr. Hollingworth has worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for over 20 years. In May 2022, he became Emergency Coordinator for WFP’s support to people affected by the war in Ukraine, and in September was appointed as WFP Representative & Country Director. Prior to this appointment, he served as Representative and Country Director in South Sudan from 2019 to 2022; as Representative and Country Director in Sudan from 2016 to 2019; as Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on supporting country offices facing large-scale and complex emergencies, and as Representative and Country Director for WFP operations in Syria, from 2013 to 2015. Throughout his WFP career, Matthew has served in many challenging settings, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Pakistan, with extensive experience in logistics and emergency response. Mr. Hollingworth holds a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University (UK), a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Politics from Southampton University (UK), and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland).

Murat Sahin

Murat Sahin

UNICEF
Representative in Ukraine
Murat Sahin stepped into the position of UNICEF Representative in Ukraine in July 2021. Prior to joining UNICEF’s office in Ukraine, Murat served as Head of Office in Kosovo (2018-2021) and Deputy Representative in DPR Korea (2016-2018). In his earlier career, Murat served the organization as adviser and specialist responsible for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and Education programmes at UNICEF Headquarters and in multiple duty stations including the DPRK, Tajikistan and Turkey. He has been with the organization since 1999. Mr. Sahin is a national of Turkey and passionate about supporting the realization of the rights of all children and giving his best to his work and family.
Mr. Sahin has a postgraduate degree in business research methods from Edinburgh Business School, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bilgi University in Istanbul, and a Civil Engineering degree from Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
Pierre Vauthier

Pierre Vauthier

FAO
Designated Responsible Officer / Head of FAO Ukraine Office
Mr. Pierre Vauthier is a French national with a master's degree in Agroeconomics, an engineer from INP Toulouse. He has been serving the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for 22 years in various positions at FAO Headquarters, regional, sub-regional and national offices.



Mr. Pierre Vauthier has worked in more than seven countries, including the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Mali. He has been working on strengthening and re-establishing FAO’s operations and programmes, formulation of the emergency and rehabilitation strategy, the analysis of food security and the implementation of the programme, including the development of a joint resilience and rehabilitation programme, FAO, UNICEF, UNDP and WFP.

Prior to joining the FAO team in Ukraine, for two years Mr. Vauthier has been leading L3 emergency response in Mali, working for the programme development on rural women's economic empowerment, Liptako Gourma conflict mitigation and resilience programme.
Raman Hailevich

Raman Hailevich

UNAIDS
Country Director
Mr. Raman Hailevich joined the UN Country Team in Ukraine in September 2018 in the capacity of the UNAIDS Country Director. He had previous been a Regional Adviser at the UNAIDS regional office in Moscow (2013-2018, 2007-2010), UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan (2010-2013), a Programme Development Advisers at the UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva (2002-2007) and UNAIDS country adviser in Belarus (2000-2001). Mr. Hailevich came to work for the UN in 1998 and had previously worked for a local university. Before joining the UNAIDS in 2000, he worked as a project manager for the UNDP office in Belarus. Mr. Hailevich holds a Masters in Education from the Minsk State Pedagogical School and a Masters in Drug Control Policies from the Imperial College of London University. Mr. Hailevich is a national of Belarus and speaks Russian, English and French.
Sarah Hilding der Weduwen

Sarah Hilding der Weduwen

OCHA
Head of OCHA Ukraine
Sarah Hilding der Weduwen, a Swedish national, is in Ukraine since August 2022 leading the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the country. She brings more than 20 years of experience in complex humanitarian emergencies, including senior positions with OCHA in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and South Sudan, and most recently, in the Operations and Advocacy Division of OCHA Headquarters in New York. In addition, Ms. Hilding der Weduwen held various coordination functions in Nepal, Somalia, Uganda, Afghanistan and Kosovo. She also worked for NGOs in the United Kingdom. Ms. Hilding der Weduwen holds a bachelor's degree in Social & Political Studies and a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.
Sergiy Savchuk

Sergiy Savchuk

ILO
National Coordinator for Ukraine
Sergiy Savchuk has been representing ILO, the UN specialized agency for the world of work, since 2013. From 2001 through 2012, he headed development cooperation projects focusing on labour law and labour administration reform, social dialogue and gender equality at work in Ukraine. Before joining ILO, Sergiy worked for the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine, where he held the position of the Deputy International Secretary to enhance solidarity with the international trade union movement, as well as collaboration with the ILO on issues pertaining to protection of workers’ rights. He holds a Master’s Degree in foreign languages and literature from the Kyiv National Linguistic University and currently follows advanced studies in labour law.
Tim Lardner

Tim Lardner

UNOPS
Country Director
Tim Lardner has been the UNOPS Ukraine Country Director since November 2022. Before moving to this position, he headed the UNOPS Somalia office (2015 - 2018) and the UNMAS programme in South Sudan (2012 - 2015). Tim has over 30 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, especially in matters related to mine action and human security. He started his professional career as a Royal Engineer Officer with the British Army.
yuriy

Yuriy Savko

UNV
Country Coordinator
Yuriy Savko is the Country Coordinator of the UN Volunteers Programme. Before that Yuriy was working as an expert and a senior consultant for IFIs (WB, EIB). He has got more than 20 years of experience of working for civil society projects and organizations, as well as for projects supported by international organizations (CBIE, CIDA, and GIZ). Yuriy has also acquired extended experience in healthcare sector, including his job as Deputy Minister of Ministry of Health in 2014-15 where he was responsible for European integration issues. Yuriy holds a diploma from the L’viv Polytechnic National University.