Our Team in Thailand

Atsuko Okuda

Atsuko Okuda

ITU
Regional Director
 
 
Ms. Atsuko Okuda is the Regional Director of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Bangkok. Previously, she was the Chief of the ICT and Development Section at ESCAP. At ESCWA, she served as Chief of the Governance and State Building Section and as the Team Leader responsible for knowledge management. Ms. Okuda holds a Master’s Degree from Helsinki University, Bachelor’s Degree from Kyoto University, and has enrolled as a research fellow on e-governance at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology. Her academic articles on broadband and AI were published by the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy.
Benedikt Hofmann

Benedikt Hofmann

UNODC
Deputy Regional Representative
 
 
Mr. Benedikt Hofmann is the UNODC Deputy Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific since September 2023. Previously, he was UNODC’s Head of Office in Myanmar and served in the Office of the Director, Division for Operations at UNODC Headquarters. Before that, he supported UNODC’s programme development and management in Eastern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffmann monitored UNODC’s Asia and the Pacific activities covering organized crime, illicit trafficking, as well as challenges related to drug abuse and terrorism. He also served in various capacities at UNODC covering Africa, the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan.
Christian Hainzl

Christian Hainzl

UNV
Regional Manager
 
 
Mr. Christian Hainzl is the Regional Manager of the UNV Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific since September 2023. Previously, he served as the UNV Regional Manager for Arab States. He also headed UNDP’s governance and local development programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Myanmar. Mr. Hainzl served at the UNV headquarter where he managed host country relations and UN agency joint premises. He was a senior researcher at the University of Vienna, where he completed a PhD in law, and worked as an advisor to the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Hainzl holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Graz and a postgraduate diploma in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.
Dip Magar

Dip Magar

OHCHR
Team Leader for Thailand
 
 
 
Mr. Dip Magar is the Team Leader for Thailand in Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He is experienced in the monitoring and protection of human rights, serving OHCHR missions in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Previously, Mr. Magar worked with the Joint UN Human Rights Office in Sudan. He also worked for the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Nepal, where he advised the UN Country Team on transitional justice and mainstreaming human rights in UN programming. Mr. Magar holds a Master’s Degree in English and Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
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Dr. Jos Vandelaer

WHO
Resident Coordinator a.i. and Country Representative
 
 
 
Dr. Jos Vandelaer is the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, ad interim, and is the Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), since October 2021. Previously, Dr. Vandelaer was the Regional Director for Emergencies in the WHO Regional Office for Southeast Asia, and the WHO Representative to Nepal. In relation to health and well-being, he also worked with the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières, IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF. Dr. Vandelaer holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University, a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Antwerp Institute for Tropical Medicine, and a Medical Doctor Degree from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Dr. Julitta Elizabeth Onabanjo

Dr. Julitta Elizabeth Onabanjo

UNFPA
Country Director
 
 
 
Dr. Julitta Elizabeth Onabanjo is the UNFPA Representative for Malaysia and Country Director for the Kingdom of Thailand. Dr. Onabanjo has over 27 years of experience with a focus on population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health, and gender policies. Previously, she was UNFPA Principal Adviser on Healthy Aging and Climate Action in HQ, Director of UNFPA Technical Division in HQ, and Regional Director of UNFPA's East and Southern Africa Region. Since 1995, Dr. Onabanjo served at UNFPA headquarters and at country level in many position namely Technical Adviser and Special Assistant to the Executive Director and as UNFPA Representative in Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa. She also worked with UNDP, WHO and Planned Parenthood Association. She holds a Master of Community Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zambia, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology from the University of London.
Fukuya Iino UNIDO

Fukuya Iino

UNIDO
Representative
 
 
 
Mr. Fukuya Iino is the UNIDO Representative at the Regional Hub in Thailand. As a chemical and environmental engineer, he has devoted his career to the industrial and institutional capacity building of the public and private sector in emerging economies. Previously, he worked as an Industrial Development Officer in the Montreal Protocol Division at UNIDO in Austria and developed UNIDO’s SDG Impact Investment Programme. Mr. Iino started his career as a post-doctoral researcher at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan. He holds an Executive MBA jointly organized by the London School of Economics and New York University as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo.
Géraldine Ansart

Géraldine Ansart

IOM
Chief of Mission
 
 
Ms. Géraldine Ansart is the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Thailand since October 2020. She has more than 15 years of experience in humanitarian aid and development programming. Previously, she was the IOM Syria Crisis Coordinator; she led the IOM - European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid partnership team in Brussels and worked as a Migration and Development Specialist covering the Great Lakes region of Africa. Ms. Ansart holds a Master’s Degree in International Administration from Sorbonne University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law as well as Political Sciences.
Irina Goryunova

Irina Goryunova

UNDP
Resident Representative, ad interim
 
 
 
Ms. Irina Goryunova, is the Resident Representative, ad-interim, at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand, and also serves as the Deputy Resident Representative. Previously, Irina worked at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub as a Country Programme Specialist. She served for 10 years in UNDP CO Kazakhstan in various capacities and worked across various thematic areas in the Programme Unit. She also led the Gender Equality Seal, bringing it to silver certification. Irina holds two bachelor’s degrees in international relations and in law, from universities in Kazakhstan and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Manchester University and Central European University, Hungary.
Mr. Jong-Jin Kim

Jongjin Kim

FAO
Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
 
 
 
Mr. Kim is the Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He joined FAO in 2013 as Director of the South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division. Previously, he had served as FAO’s Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. Before joining FAO, Mr. Kim served as the Deputy Minister for Trade at the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Republic of Korea. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Korea University.
Kyungsun Kim

Kyungsun Kim

UNICEF
Representative
 
 
Ms. Kyungsun Kim is the Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to Thailand since January 2021. Prior to this, she served as the UNICEF Representative to Panama, as a Senior Advisor at UNICEF in New York on external relations and partnerships and held positions as Senior Programme Specialist in Khartoum, Sudan. Before joining UNICEF in 2001 as a Junior Professional Officer, Ms. Kim worked for the Korea Foundation supporting research on peacebuilding between the two Koreas. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Marco Toscano-Rivalta

Marco Toscano-Rivalta

UNDRR
Chief, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 
 
Mr. Marco Toscano-Rivalta is Chief of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Previously, Mr. Toscano-Rivalta worked with the United Nations and other international organizations in the areas of humanitarian relief, refugee protection, promotion and protection of human rights, justice administration, sustainable development and disaster risk management. He holds a degree from the University of Bologna, Italy.
Maria Holtsberg

Maria Holtsberg

UN Women
Deputy Regional Director/Officer-in-Charge
 
 
 
Ms. Maria Holtsberg serves as Deputy Regional Director, Officer-in-Charge for UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. She leads the UN Women Asia Pacific Climate, Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian portfolio. Prior to joining UN Women, Maria worked for various UN agencies, and for international NGOs in Asia for almost two decades, such as Save the Children, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and International Planned Parenthood Federation Humanitarian Hub, specializing on gender, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction. Maria previously served as the Deputy Regional Director, Officer-in-Charge from November 2021 and September 2023. Throughout her career, Maria has championed the leadership of women and girls and women-focused organizations.
UNEP-Marlene Nilsson

Marlene Nilsson

UNEP
Regional Director and Representative, a.i.
 
 
 
Ms. Marlene Nilsson joined UNEP, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in April 2023 as the Deputy Regional Director and will be serving as Regional Director, a.i. from 1 February to 31 May 2024. Previously, she held the position of Senior Programme Management Officer/Special Assistant in the Office of the UNEP Executive Director. She also worked in the Executive Office, Ecosystems Division and Policy and Programme Division at UNEP. Ms. Nilsson spent 13 years with United Nations Peacekeeping, working on crisis management, peace negotiations, and political affairs in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan as well as at United Nations Headquarters in New York. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science.
Dr Patchara Benjarattanaporn

Patchara Benjarattanaporn

UNAIDS
Country Director
 
 
 
Dr. Patchara Benjarattanaporn is the Country Director at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Previously, she served as Strategic Information Adviser at UNAIDS Thailand Country Office. Prior to joining the UN, Dr. Benjarattanaporn worked with various international organizations, including the USAID Regional Development Mission, Population Council-Regional Office, and the Family Health International-Regional Office, managing strategic information and regional HIV-related activities in Myanmar, China, Laos, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Demography and a Master's Degree in Population and Social Research.
Ms Samina Kadwani

Samina Kadwani

UNOPS
Multi Country Office Director
 
 
 
Ms. Samina Kadwani is the Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Multi-Country Office, overseeing Thailand, Indonesia and the Pacific Countries. Ms. Kadwani has held several positions with UNOPS in the areas of programme management, business development and client relationship management covering several geographical areas, including New York, Copenhagen, Geneva and Bangkok. She is a certified project management specialist with vast experience in managing large programmes and has studied in India and the United States.
Soohyun Kim

Soohyun Kim

UNESCO
Regional Director
 
 
 
Ms. Soohyun Kim is the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok and Representative to Thailand, Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Singapore. Prior to joining UNESCO, she spearheaded UNFPA’s intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination in New York, led UNICEF’s global partnership with IFIs, and headed UNICEF’s office in South Korea. She also led UN OCHA’s partnerships at the Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in Jordan and worked as a policy specialist at UNDP in New York. Ms. Kim began her diplomatic career at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Yonsei University, Republic of Korea.
Mr Srinivasa Popuri

Srinivasa Popuri

UN-Habitat
Senior Human Settlements Officer
 
 
Mr. Srinivasa Popuri is the Senior Human Settlements Officer of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), overseeing programmes in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, India, Iran and Thailand. Previously, Mr. Popuri has worked in the field of human settlements advancing Habitat agenda. Of these, he spent over 22 years with the United Nations in several countries in Asia and the Pacific after serving for 5 years with the Government of India and various international organizations.
Sylvie Betemps Cochin

Sylvie Betemps Cochin

ITC
Chief, Office for Asia and The Pacific
 
 
Ms. Sylvie Bétemps Cochin is the Senior Trade Promotion Officer at the International Trade Centre (ITC) Office for Asia and the Pacific. Previously, she was adviser to a large regional trade and economic integration programme in Africa, and was also responsible for managing regional projects, supporting south-south trade promotion, institutional strengthening, and the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia and Africa. Ms. Cochin holds a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Political Economy, France.
Tammi Sharpe

Tammi Sharpe

UNHCR
Representative
 
 
 
Ms. Sharpe is the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Thailand since April 2024. She has more than 27 years of UN experience, with postings in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, UNHCR Headquarters and UN Secretariat in New York. Her expertise covers humanitarian protection, peacebuilding, reconciliation, the humanitarian-development nexus, external relations, resource mobilization and management. Prior to joining the UN, she worked with the U.S. Catholic Conference and volunteered as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. Ms. Sharpe holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Columbia University.
Xiaoyan Qian

Xiaoyan Qian

ILO
ILO Director
 
 
 
Ms. Xiaoyan Qian is the Director of the ILO Decent Work Country Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific and Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia, and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Ms. Qian joins the ILO after serving in the Chinese public sector for more than 25 years, including in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, as well as most recently as the Deputy Director-General of the International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Previously, she assumed different roles in the Ministry over more than 15 years, including as Deputy Director for Overseas Employment Administration, Director for Technical Cooperation, and Director for International Treaties. Ms. Qian has a Doctor of Law from Nankai University, a Diploma of Graduate Studies in Foreign Service from Oxford University, a Master of Economics from Renmin University, and a Bachelor of Law from East China Normal University.