Prior to leading the United Nations in Ukraine, Ms. Lubrani served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Fiji (2013-2018), with multi-country responsibilities for nine other Small Island Developing States (the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). Served as the UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo (2009-2013). Before that, she was seconded to UNDP’s Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery to support UNDP in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Ms. Lubrani held several management positions with UNIFEM, including as Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe, and as Director of the Liaison Office in Brussels. Ms. Lubrani holds a Masters’ degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, a Masters’ degree in Film and Television Production from New York University.
Erika Kvapilova (PhD) assumed her responsibilities in Ukraine in August 2020. She served as the first UN Women Representative in Georgia from 2013 till 2020. Before joining UN Women in Georgia, Erika served as the UN Women Regional Programme Director for South Eastern Europe. Between 2005 and 2009 she worked as Programme Specialist, supporting UN Women/UNIFEM programming in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Before joining the UN, she spent over 15 years in social policy and welfare research, participated in international comparative research teams and published on social policy and gender issues. In the early 2000s she was the Director of the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs and the International Center for Family Studies in Bratislava affiliated with the Ministry of Labour, Social Studies and Family in Slovakia, and served as the gender adviser to the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
Over the past 23 years, Ignacio has contributed to and led humanitarian operations with the UN in multiple field locations, at HQ in New York and in Geneva. He arrives from Geneva, where he has been serving as Chief of OCHA’s Assessment, Planning and Monitoring Branch, overseeing the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC) process in 27 countries. He also served as chair of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee – an inter-agency forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners – HPC Steering Group. Ignacio previously led OCHA’s Regional Office for Southern Africa (2012-2015) and Country Offices in Indonesia (2008-2012), Colombia (2002-2006). Earlier, he was a field coordinator in Angola (1998-2002); he also served as Senior Desk Officer at OCHA’s HQ in New York (2006-2008). Before joining OCHA, Ignacio held different positions in humanitarian and development organizations in Brazil, Chile and Equatorial Guinea. He holds a Master’s degree in Humanities, a Postgraduate degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations. He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Irina Sahakyan Vetter
Country Director, UNOPS Ukraine, UNOPS Representative to Belarus and Moldova
Ms. Sahakyan-Vetter assumed her duties as the Country Director for UNOPS Ukraine and Representative of UNOPS Belarus and Moldova in August 2019. Previously, Ms Sahakyan Vetter was with the Council of Europe, overseeing and implementing Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law programmes in Belgrade, Serbia and Chisinau, Moldova. Ms. Sahakyan-Vetter has extensive experience in partnership building and international policy development and management through various positions with international organisations such as WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNHCR, and OCHA, with portfolio work in Eastern Europe, South, West, and Central Asia, and Africa, as well as working in the Canadian public service. Ms Sahakyan-Vetter is certified in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University and holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration from University of Ottawa and Educational Policy, Research and Administration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms Sahakyan-Vetter speaks English, French, Armenian, Russian and is married with 2 children.
Representative in Ukraine, Country Director for Belarus
UNFPA Representative in Ukraine, Country Director for Belarus since September 2019, Nadal 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, he 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, Nadal was a consultant to local public institutions in the context of a number of European Union regional development initiatives.
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.
Ms. Sylwander brings with her over three decades’ of substantive experience in the social development sector, garnered from leadership positions she held in many regions across the world where she championed the cause of children and women. Prior to her appointment in Ukraine, Ms. Sylwander served as the UNICEF Representative in Philippine since 2014. Earlier, Ms. Sylwander served as the UNICEF Representative to Viet Nam from 2010-2014 and she was UNICEF Representative in Zambia from 2006-2010. Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Sylwander worked as Deputy Director General and Director of the Africa Department at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in 2001-2006. A Swedish citizen, Ms. Sylwander holds an equivalent to MSc. in Social Anthropology. A university lecturer at the University of Stockholm, she worked as Socio-Economist for UNDP in Zimbabwe (1990-94) and later worked as an independent development consultant.
Manuel Filon Morar
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.
Ms. Mara Lopes, in her current role since September 2019, is specialized in community development and humanitarian assistance. Prior to joining FAO Ukraine, she served at FAO South Sudan, as Deputy Emergency Coordinator and Head of the Field Support Unit. Ms. Lopes has also worked with IOM, as Head of Office for the Community Stabilization programme in Central African Republic and held various assignments in West Africa as a Country Director for different NGO’s focusing on community health and social protection. Ms. Lopes holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations and two master’s degrees in Sustainability Management, from Lisbon School of Economies and Management, and Political and International Sciences, from the University of Lisbon. Ms. Lopes is a Portuguese citizen.
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.
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.
Prior to her role as UNDP Resident Representative to Ukraine, Ms. Gercheva had served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Moldova (2015-2019), Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Management (2012-2015), and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Armenia (2010-2012). From 2002 to 2009 Ms. Gercheva worked as Senior Policy Advisor on Governance and Capacity Development at the UNDP Regional Center in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic. Ms. Gercheva joined UNDP in 1994 as Sustainable Development Specialist at UNDP Bulgaria. Ms. Gercheva holds a diploma in Executive Education from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a diploma in Environmental Economics for Development Policy from the World Bank Institute in Washington, D.C. She was a visiting scholar in the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, University College London, and Oxford University colleges. Ms. Gercheva also has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. She is married and has two children.
Pablo Mateu worked for over 25 years with UNHCR, having served in nine countries and the agency’s Headquarters in Geneva. His field experience includes working in refugee camps in Algeria, Mauritania, and Mexico; facilitating the return of refugees to their home countries (‘returnees’) in Afghanistan, Central America, and Mozambique; and reintegrating persons displaced in their own countries (‘Internally Displaced Persons’) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served as UNHCR Representative in Algiers. At UNHCR’s headquarters, his experience centred on linking humanitarian assistance with development; inter-agency cooperation; livelihoods; and durable solutions. Pablo Mateu joined UNHCR Ukraine in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Head, Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe
Head of the Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe covering Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, Zhannat Kosmukhamedova has been heading the UNODC Regional Programme Office for Eastern countries based in Kyiv since December 2017. Her previous experience among others includes working at UNODC Head Quarters Vienna in capacity of the Regional Adviser on Drugs and HIV for Eastern Europe and Central Asia as well as in capacity of Global Focal Point for the UN on Law Enforcement and HIV. Before joining UNODC HQ in 2003, Zhannat headed the UNODC country office in Kazakhstan, worked for IOM, UNESCO and the Asian Development Bank. Zhannat holds a PhD in biochemistry and has an extensive experience of research and lecturing in the areas related to occupational health and clinical biology.