His Excellency Mr. Luis Gallegos is Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ecuador. Previously, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ecuador to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, in addition to postings in Canberra, Chicago, El Salvador, Madrid, Sofia and Washington, D.C. In addition to his longstanding diplomatic career, Ambassador Gallegos has been honored with a number of state decorations, recognitions and awards, including having received in 2011 the highest Ecuadorian decoration as recognition of his work for his country, as well as recognitions for his work in the fields of human rights and disabilities. Ambassador Gallegos is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, in addition to holding senior positions on a number of other boards and foundations.
Ambassador Gallegos has served as a fellow to UNITAR. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the Central University of Ecuador, as well as a Masters of Arts Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. He is married and has two children.
Ms. Diana Chavez is the Executive Director of the Private Sector Regional Centre for the Support of UN Sustainable Development Goals, which is based in Bogota, Colombia. Ms- Chavez provides the Centre with strategic direction, leadership, partnership building and vision on strengthening the implementation of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda in Latin America. In this capacity she works with leading multinational companies advancing the agenda of corporate governance and sustainability.
Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the Regional Center for the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean and before she was the Global Compact Country Coordinator for Mexico. Ms. Chavez also served in the Mexican Ministry of Economy in promoting Foreign Investment. She holds a number of distinctions and sits on various advisory bodies and boards and was the first woman to chair the UN Business and Human Rights Forum. She holds graduate level degrees in international studies and business administration.
Mr. Chibuike Amaechi is Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Nigeria under the Muhammadu Buhari administration. He has been an active politician in Nigeria for more than three decades, serving as Governor of the Rivers State (2007-2014) and holding a number of government positions in different offices, including the Nigeria National Congress, where he was State Secretary for Administrative Affairs, and the Democratic Party of Nigeria, where he was State Secretary of the Supreme Committee of the Party. He was also the pioneer Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria for two terms. As Governor of the Rivers State, Mr. Amaechi worked to reduce poverty by a significant percentage, almost doubled social spending and with a special focus on health and education, and increased public investment in capacity building for young scholars.
Ambassador CHEN Xu is Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador CHEN served as Director-General of the Department of European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MFA). From 2013 to 2016, he was Ambassador of China to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and, from 2010 to 2012, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of MFA.
In previous assignments, Ambassador CHEN served as Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister, Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, and at the Permanent Mission of China to UN as, among others, political coordinator for Security Council affairs.
Dr. Sarah Cook is Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti. Prior to taking up this assignment in June 2015, Ms. Cook was Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) since 2009. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and has also worked for the Ford Foundation in China. Ms. Cook received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Social Policy in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics. Her research has focused in particular on China's social and economic transformations, including work on labour markets and employment, gender, poverty and inequality and social welfare reforms. Recent projects have included a long-term study on social protection in Asia, research on migration and health in China and work on the implications of China’s rise for international development. Current interests include new directions in social policy being taken by emerging and developing countries in the context of financial, social and environmental crisis
Ambassador Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg was appointed Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Office of the United Nations and to the other International Organizations in Geneva in September 2018. Prior to this appointment, he served as Ambassador to Jakarta (2016-2018) and Tehran (2013-2016). He served as Ambassador, Deputy Director-General then Director-General for the United Nations of the Federal Foreign Office from 2007-2009. From 2002 to 2007, he served at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York, first as Head of the Political Section (2002-2007) and from December 2009 as Deputy Permanent Representative. As a career diplomat, Ambassador Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg also held a number of other postings. He is married and has three children.
Ambassador Gennady Gatilov is Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Conference on Disarmament. Prior to this appointment in January 2018, Ambassador Gatilov was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011, and earlier, Director of the Department of International Organizations (2008-2011) and Senior Advisor with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2004-2008). During the span of his distinguished career, Ambassador Gatilov has had various other senior positions and diplomatic postings. He was awarded the Order of Honour and the Order of Friendship. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is married with a daughter.
Nikolaj Gilbert is president and chief executive officer of PATH. He brings to his role more than 20 years of international experience as a leader, strategist, and director of complex partnerships. With a proven track record in both the private and public sectors, his expertise spans health, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and development solutions.
Before joining PATH in 2020, Mr. Gilbert served as director of partnerships for the United Nations Office of Project Services. In that position, he cultivated a deep understanding of the development ecosystem and of health inequity’s underlying causes—from those rooted in global systems and markets, to those at local levels.
Based on his development sector and health industry expertise, Mr. Gilbert has an intimate knowledge of health agendas and priorities across donor and partner countries. He has demonstrated his ability to drive change at scale by building new programs and diversified funding models.
Previously, Mr. Gilbert served as a director for Novo Nordisk, where he developed expertise across corporate strategy, public-private partnership, business development, global marketing, and finance. He began his career at Accenture, a global management consulting firm, and has also worked with management research at INSEAD, a business school.
Mr. Gilbert is a Danish citizen and holds advanced degrees in business administration from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and Ivey Business School in Canada.
Ambassador Hakala is Ambassador of Hybrid Affairs, Technology and Security of Finland. Prior to this posting in August, she served as Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations Office, WTO and other international organizations in Geneva from September 2016. Prior to that, she served as Director-General of the Department of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland since 2012. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Ambassador of Finland to India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal. From 2007 to 2009, she was Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Georgia, Tbilisi, and from 2004 to 2007, she was the roving Ambassador to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
A career diplomat, Ms. Hakala, has also served as Director of the Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2004; Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow from 1998 to 2000; Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg from 1996 to 1998; and Finnish Co-Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Conference on Nagorno-Karabakh from 1995 to 1996, among others. She has a Master of Arts from Åbo Akademi, Finland.
Ambassador Anna Jardfelt was appointed as Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations Office in Geneva from 1 September 2020.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Jardfelt had been serving as Sweden’s Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat in Nairobi. From 2014 to 2017 she severed as Ambassador to the European Union’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels. She was the Director of the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm from 2010 to 2014.
As a career diplomat Ms. Jardfelt has held other postings. She has also worked for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and in the European Parliament.
Ms. Jardfelt has a Master of Law. She is married with two children.
Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan is Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Khan was born in Fiji in 1960 and attended school there. She went to university in the United Kingdom, at Sussex University and Cambridge University, where she studied law. She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales at the Inner Temple in London in 1983, and to the High Court in Fiji as a barrister and solicitor in 1984. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Khan worked for 16 years as a prosecutor in Fiji, and during that time was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions of Fiji in 1994. In 1999, she was appointed Fiji’s first woman High Court judge. She was a judge mainly in the criminal division of the High Court, where she with the three other criminal High Court judges developed Fiji’s sentencing guidelines principles, based on the English Court of Appeal developed sentencing principles. This approach was later passed as legislation in Fiji in 2009.
In 2009, Ms. Khan became a private practitioner, engaged principally in training lawyers and judges on human rights law, sentencing law, governance and litigation skills. She was appointed Permanent Representative to Geneva in 2014 when Fiji opened a Mission in Geneva for the first time, and only 5 months before Fiji’s second cycle Universal Periodic Review was due at the Human Rights Council. She continues to conduct training for judges in Fiji on human rights, sentencing, and criminal justice.
Dr. Deisi Kusztra is the President of the World Family Organization. Since assuming this position in 1997, she represents the Organization at the United Nations, governments and inter-governmental organizations level. She directs the work of the Organization through its regional structures and national committees, and assists governments in preparing strategic frameworks and plans of action to implement family-focused policies, programs, projects and services at national, regional and local levels, specially in health, education, housing, social promotion, family mediation, microcredit, among others.
In partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – NGO Section, she is implementing the Informal Regional Network in Latin America, preparing NGOs to establish partnerships with Governments and the Private Sector, strengthening their capacity to network and respond to the challenges of development.
She has received many national and international awards and prizes, in recognition of her dedication and her work towards the promotion of family policies throughout the world. Dr. Deisi Kusztra was born on August 09, 1951, in Curitiba, Brazil. Dr. Kusztra has worked in Africa, Europe, Middle East and North America and is now based in South America, from where she networks with the world on Family Issues.
His Excellency Mr. Jürg Lauber is Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other Organizations in Geneva. Prior to this appointment in September 2020, Ambassador Lauber served as Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York since 2015, During this time, he also served as President of the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission. Previously, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2009 to 2011, and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament.
Before joining the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1993 he worked in peacekeeping missions in Namibia (UNTAG) and Korea (Panmunjom). Between 2007 and 2009 he served as chef de cabinet to the president of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Between 2011 and 2015 he served as head of the United Nations and International Organizations Division in Bern. Jürg Lauber has a law degree from the University of Zurich.
Professor Osa Yukie is with the Graduate School of Social Design Studies of the Department of Sociology at Rikkyo University and President of the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), Japan. She is also a member of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO and a Member of the Advisory Group of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
She is well known in development circles inside and outside of Japan and has worked in AAR’s emergency assistance operations and programmes in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Former Yugoslavia and Mozambique, and represented AAR on the Coordination Committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Professor Osa has lectured at various other academic institutions, including the University of Tokyo, Waseda University and Aoyama Gakuin University. She is the author of various publications.
Dr. Patti P. Phillips is president and CEO of ROI Institute, Inc., the leader in measurement, evaluation, and the use of ROI in human resources, training and development, and performance improvement. Clients include for-profit, not-for-profit, nongovernmental, and inter-governmental organizations in over 60 countries. Through delivery of training programs, consulting services, research, and publications, ROI Institute helps organizations develop capacity in monitoring and evaluation.
In 2014, Dr. Phillips joined The Conference Board as Principal Research Fellow to support research in human capital analytics. In 2015, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) selected her as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) Fellow for her contribution to the learning and development field and the CPLP certification. Since 2015, Dr. Phillips has been serving as board chair of the Center for Talent Reporting. In 2017, she began serving as chair of the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) People Analytics Board. In this capacity, she works with leaders of the people analytics function for major corporations as they use analytics to drive strategic business decisions.
Dr. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in International Development from The University of Southern Mississippi; a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College; and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Auburn University. She serves on the faculty of the UN System Staff College and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has authored and co-authored with her husband, Dr. Jack J. Phillips, over 50 books on the topics of assessment, measurement, and evaluation.
Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza has worked for more than thirty years on African and global development issues in both the corporate and public sectors. She has been the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations since November 2016. She served as a cabinet member in the Government of the Republic of Rwanda from 2013-2016 successively as a Minister for East African Community Affairs and as the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Development Board. She was the first and only ever female appointed to serve as Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization from 2005-2013.
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