Luis Mendez

Luis is the Founder/Owner of StratMan. He is key to the progressive success of this startup since its establishment in 2010. The firm has provided international consultancy advisory and training services to various UN agencies at Headquarters, Regional and Country Office locations. Since its establishment, StratMan Consulting has serviced various UN organizations in the area of Strategic Planning, Results-Based Management & Country Programme Development, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Operations Management and Communications, Training and Facilitation needs.

He previously held the positions of acting Deputy Director and Chief, Business Continuity within the Division of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York. His duties included the coordination of and ensuring that all UNICEF country offices had established emergency operational management preparedness arrangements. During his career, Luis also held several UN inter-agency functions as Senior Coordinator for Common Services for the UN Development Group as well as Senior Coordinator for Headquarters Common Services with the UN Secretariat. 

Luis joined UNICEF in 1976 and has served in several country offices including Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Angola, Uganda and Indonesia. He took early-retirement in 2009 to begin StratMan Consulting.


Laura Mendez

Laura is a Founder and Managing Member of StratMan Consulting. 

Until 2008 when she took early retirement, Laura worked as Office Manager and Administrator of C& L Associated (Paramus, NJ), a firm that specialized in exporting scrap metal to China. 
From 1992-1994, Laura oversaw a private business venture in providing catering services during her stay in Uganda, which was commissioned by various international organizations and diplomatic entities and embassies including the International School Kampala. She also established the first pre-school for expatriate children in Maputo that has now matured into the International School Maputo. 

Previous to that, she worked in various managerial capacities with the Australian Missions to Vietnam, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Raana Syed

Raana Syed as Chief of Communication in UNICEF Pakistan led a team for designing and implementing Communication Strategies for Health and Nutrition, Education, WASH and Child Protection. She also headed a UNICEF field office with 25 staff and Consultants for designing and implementing programs. Raana also led a team for designing, developing and roll out of one of the first training packages on Human Rights-based Approach to Programming.  She also developed training strategies for the Pakistan Polio Programme that addressed the training needs of more than 600,000 volunteer vaccinators.

In all the training and communication initiatives, Raana managed both qualitative and quantitative research processes for data collection and analysis to inform the implementation and adaptation of communication and learning strategies. Eventually, she worked as Learning Specialist in UNICEF Headquarters as part of Organization Learning and Development Section (OLDS) in the Division of Human Resources. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading the process of designing, developing and rollout of a number global training packages.

After taking early retirement, Raana has been working as Consultant in Training Design and Facilitation. In this capacity, she has supported the re-packaging of the Programme Planning Process (PPP) training package, including the design of the Learning Needs Assessment. Raana has conducted more than 20 PPP training throughout the world and is one of the Master Trainers for Results-based Management and has conducted 11 training workshops in 2016. Training is facilitated on the principles of adult learning so that trainees have opportunities to internalize the theoretical knowledge through real-life examples and practical exercises relevant to their jobs.


Dominic Millioni

  • Graduate in Management and Administration with major in Accounting, Auditing, Financial Management and Human Resources development.

  • Wide professional experience in Operational and Programme management including Business processes, Finance management, Accounts, Audit, Research, Human Resources, Administration, Supply & Procurement, Contracting, and Private Sector Development activities.

  • 39 years of extensive professional working experience in United Nations/UNICEF at a senior managerial level, with responsibilities for programme support, management and operational functions at regional level and in complex, emergency and world largest country programmes.

  • Extensive involvement in management of reviews of country offices’ programme management plans to ensure efficient and effectiveness operationalization and optimization of financial and human resources.

  • Strong leadership and ability to oversee management and organization’s human and financial resources with rigorous accountability in complex, large and geographically widespread and challenging operations.

  • Strong leadership skills, oversight, coordination, enterprise risk management, quality assurance on operational management and operational capacity building.

  • Strong planning skills, development of operational strategies, communication skills and partnership building.

  • Proven ability to develop new and creative ideas that promotes vision and mission of an organization.


Cecilio Adorna

Cecilio ‘Ces’ Adorna specializes in strategic results-based planning and programme management, with skills in transformative leadership, effective negotiations and programming on development issues. 

He combines years of international development experience in six regions (East and South Asia, Oceania and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America, Middle East) in UNICEF, UN Development Group (UNDG), and the United Nations mission with a rich and varied career in the Philippines. His international experience, consists of years as a planning and evaluation specialist and in senior leadership positions (Deputy Representative (Mozambique), Representative (Dominican Republic, Colombia and Venezuela, India), Deputy Regional Director and Acting Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Public Private Partnership Director in UNICEF, and Senior Adviser in UN Reform. He was the Humanitarian Coordinator and Director of Social Services in UN Transitional Administration in East Timor. 

He currently resides in the Philippines with his family and works between the family farm, short-term consulting with the government and international organizations as well as with the UN in various countries. He is a Fellow of the Social Weather Station in the Philippines.


Toshi Niwa

Toshi is currently a Special Global University Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. His recent assignments include: a Member of the AU-UN Panel of Distinguished Persons on Modalities for Support to African Union Peacekeeping Operations; Head of Mission for the Election Observation Mission of the Government of Japan to Nepal; Mentor for the UN DPKO/DFS Management Training Programme (SMART); Interim Director, UNDP Representative Office in Japan; Independent Consultant for the International Development Law Organizations (IDLO) for its financing options; and Member, the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on the Functioning of the Office of the President of the General Assembly.

Toshi had an extensive career of 36 years, including 14 years as a development practitioner at the country level and 17 years at the executive level in the three UN organizations. He was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen, Nepal, and Thailand and Hong Kong, as well as Director of UN Border Relief Operations for Cambodian Displaced Persons (UNBRO). He was Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Finance and Administration, UNDP; Assistant Secretary-General for Central Support Services, Department of Management, as well as Executive Coordinator for Common Service, and Executive Director for the Capital Master Plan, the UN Secretariat; and Deputy Executive Director (Operations), UNICEF.
Toshi exercised his leadership in the proposed move of UNDP and UNFPA Headquarters and UNV to Bonn; an in-depth investigation and public disclosure of fraud relating to UNDP’s Reserve for Field Accommodation; the Secretary-General’s Reform Measures for Common Service; Y2K Preparedness; UN Procurement Reform; UN Security Preparedness following the 9/11; the Capital Master Plan for the complete refurbishment of UN Headquarters in New York; UNICEF management reform for human resources and business processes, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity; and UNICEF’s response to UN Reform measures.


Rodney Phillips

Rodney Phillips developed learning material prior to joining UNICEF during the period 1975 to 1983 when he was a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Mauritius Institute of Education.

In 1993 he was appointed Training Officer in the Organisational Learning and Development Section (OLDS) at UNICEF New York. During five years at headquarters, he developed guidance and manuals relating to a wide range of organizational priorities, from gender-based training to management excellence, delivering workshops at headquarters, regional offices and in 30 country offices. While in New York, Rodney was part of the team that developed and applied participatory methodologies, such as visualization.

After senior management positions in Ethiopia, Haiti and Tanzania, he returned to training as a lead facilitator in Programme Planning Process (PPP) workshops and as member of the Results-based Management (RBM) network of external facilitators, participating in the RBM training of trainers in both Turin (2016) and Budapest (2017). Over the last 12 months, he has run multiple RBM workshops at headquarters, regional offices and country offices, all positively evaluated. Experience in developing and delivering learning materials to adults over the last 40 years has meant Rodney has proven knowledge, communication skills and instructional design expertise in developing adult competencies, and adapting core messages to suit a range of staff levels, experience, and specific learning needs.  His comprehensive knowledge of UNICEF’s global priorities and strategies allows him to support theoretical concepts with real-life examples taken from the region and the field and for developing the country or region-specific case studies which are the load-bearing pillars of RBM workshops.

As a member of the global independent evaluation team assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of ‘Delivering as One’ in 2011, and subsequently, has allowed him to grasp the complexities, opportunities, and challenges of the UN reform agenda, and how to make the Sustainable Development Goals and UN coherence work best for children.


Nathan Rodgers

Nathan Rodgers is currently a small business owner with a background in project and operations management.  He worked for UNICEF for 8 years in varied duty stations such as New York, Thailand and Nepal, before moving to Colombia and starting his own business with two partners. 

Nathan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and have led and coordinated teams in complex, multi- cultural environments to plan and implement large-scale projects, with an emphasis on SAP applications. 

His constant pursuit for creative solutions to improve project, operational and organizational effectiveness and efficiency and coordinate teams in multi-cultural settings have resulted in positive results that bear lasting change.


Stephen J Woodhouse OBE

Stephen Woodhouse began his UN career as a UK UNA Volunteer in Sumatra Indonesia before joining UNICEF as an Assistant Programme Officer in 1972. He rapidly rose through the hierarchy serving in progressively more senior positions in Myanmar, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and was appointed as Chief of Staff Training and Development UNICEF Global at New York HQ at the age of 38 in 1986. Mr. Woodhouse was concurrently elected as Chair of the UN system CCAQ sub committee on training 1989-92 and went on to serve as the UNICEF Representative to Vietnam and Indonesia & Malaysia for more than eight years. He concluded his UN career as UNICEF Regional Director for Europe 2000-2003

Following an impressive UN career, he has undertaken more than 45 consultancies for UNFPA, ILO, UNESCO, UN RCO, UNICEF, WFP, WHO and served as Chair of the One UN Plan Funds Allocation Committee for Vietnam 2010-2014. He co-facilitated together with the Tanzanian Ambassador to the UN, the Global review of UN DAO countries in 2010. Mr. Woodhouse played a key role in developing the Vietnam UNDAF and has visited more than 20 countries to assess and evaluate strategic plans achievements and shortfalls mainly in Eastern Europe, Central, and South East Asia.

He is senior counsel on International Development for Browning and Associates as well as Executive Director of the Kartika Soekarno Foundation (Indonesia). He served as strategic advisor to Barclays Bank Global retail CEO 2006-2012.

In addition to obtaining Honours degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) at both B Sc and M Sc (Econ) levels he was appointed OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Orders from the Presidents of Vietnam and Indonesia

He is a certified trainer in UNICEF program procedures and is fully abreast of UNDAF planning and evaluation issues as well as Human Rights Based Approaches to Programming. He is fully knowledgeable of Results Based Planning and management as well as Gender sensitive programming.  


Michael Alford

Michael Alford is a national of New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Auckland University, a Master in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and a Post Graduate Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Training from Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.

After three years in the External Aid Division of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael joined the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva in 1979. Between 1979 and 1999, Michael held positions as Donor Relations Officer (Geneva), Public Information Officer (Canberra), Programme Officer (Mogadishu), Head of Operations and Administration (Hong Kong), Chief of Emergency Preparedness and Response (Geneva) and Head of Administration (Addis Ababa).

Having been heavily involved in staff training in many of these functions, in 1999 Michael was appointed to the position of Chief of the Staff Development at the UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. From 2004 to 2006, Michael, was seconded to the International Labour Organisation (Geneva), and thereafter for two years in the United Nations System Staff College (Turin), in both instances developing and managing leadership programmes for UN staff.

In 2008, on return to UNHCR, Michael was asked to go on a temporary assignment as UNHCR Representative in Tel Aviv to manage the office which, as a result of a major influx of Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers, had expanded from 6 staff to over 30 staff.  

In 2009 until his retirement in December 2011, Michael was appointed as Deputy Director of Human Resources in Geneva. Michael served the UN for 32 years.

Since retirement from the UN, Michael has worked as an independent consultant, designing, developing and evaluating learning programmes and delivering management and leadership training for staff in various United Nations agencies and in some academic institutions. He has also been extensively involved in developing competency frameworks and performance management systems. 

Michael and his wife divide their time between Madrid and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. 

29 July 2019


Ali Asghar


Very passionate towards the support of needy people and using my expertise in leadership and management


  1. Change Management experience as Senior Advisor/Consultant for Somalia transition and Change Management Consultant for Organizational Restructuring in Myanmar.

  2. Leadership and Management experience over 30 years in the area of Operations. This includes Head of Finance/Budget/Accounts, Quality Assurance, Security and Risk Management, Administration, Human Resources, Supply/Logistics and Information Technology in multicultural and complex environments both at the national and international levels in South Asia, Middle East, Africa and East Asia. Led the operations teams to ensure smooth and cost-effective functioning of operations to support implementation of country programme and office management in the country office and field offices to achieve results for children. Experience includes in complex large offices with over US% 50 million annual budget and over 200 staff.


Mohamed Azzedine Salah 

Azzedine is a multilingual and multicultural professional. Fluent in French, English and Arabic. He started his career as medical doctor specialized in epidemiology in Algeria before moving to the development world. He worked for more than 30 years in various capacities in 12 countries in West Africa, North Africa, Central Europe and Asia. He was Chief of Cluster, Deputy Representative and upon retirement, is a technical consultant in primary health care, nutrition, child protection, education and communication for development. He keep himself current on most recent developments occurring with UN system strategies. 


His most recent projects include development of Situation Analysis of Children, country and midterm programme reviews, country strategy notes, country programme document and training in Result Based Management. With strong experience in training, he is regularly asked to train staff in areas such as result-based management, human rights based and gender-based approaches as well as participatory processes. He holds a Master in Public Medicine 5france and Algeria) and several diploma in social policies (Brighton and Maastricht) and communication for development (Ohio).


Tom Bergmann-Harris 

Growing up in four countries and having completed studies in “nutrition in developing countries” led to a decade of field work in nutrition, food aid, disaster preparedness and the management of both emergency relief operations and development projects mostly for the Red Cross in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Twenty years’ of work in UNICEF managerial positions: Deputy Head of Office (Niger, Rwanda and Togo), Representative (Maldives, Uruguay) and Senior Advisor UN Reform (New York, Panama). As UNICEF Representative in the Maldives and Uruguay led both pilot country offices in the UN Reform. After leaving UNICEF in 2011 Tom and his wife opened and ran “LOCO Lounge International Restaurant” in Cape Town focusing on healthy eating, adding five years as an entrepreneur in the food and hospitality industry to his range of skills and experience. 

Strong team player with extensive organizational, analytical, diplomatic, fund-raising and advocacy skills; successfully worked in high-pressure, multicultural & politically charged environments; excellent communication and negotiating skills in four languages incl. English, French, Spanish. Tom has lived and often trained staff during more than eleven years in Spain and Latin America, eleven years in diverse French-speaking environments and 20+ years in countries with English as the working language. He holds TEFL and TESOL certificates to teach English.


  • Member of Rotary International since 2011. President of the Rotary Club of Claremont/Cape Town (2015/2016). Chairman of the Early Childhood Development Committee of Rotary International District 9350 (Angola, Namibia, Western South Africa, 2015-2018).

  • Member of the Results-based Management (RBM) network of external facilitators, participating in the RBM training of trainers in Budapest (2018 and 2019).

  • Certified in Commercial and Court-Aligned Mediation, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town has mediation experience at the Children’s Court in Wynberg/Cape Town.


Chandra Sekhar

Chandra Sekhar specializes in Planning, Monitoring and Statistics, Results Based Management (RBM) with skills in conducting and supervising large scale data collection through household surveys and other data collection mechanisms.

He has worked nearly 20 years in UNICEF as PME Specialist at various levels and possess international experience in Asia, Africa, Middle East and UNICEF HQ at New York.  Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Chandra worked as a Statistical expert at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi for 15 years. 

Mr. Chandra carried out several Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and managed databases (Eg. DevInfo) in India, Malawi, Afghanistan and Iraq as a part of monitoring UNICEF country programme of cooperation.  He also possesses development programming experience in emergency countries. 

Chandra possesses a Ph.D. in Statistics and after his retirement from UNICEF in 2017, residing at Hyderabad, India and carried out short term consultancies in Mongolia, Fiji and Thailand for UNICEF EAPR Office during 2018-19.  


Christopher Davids

Chris’s UN working experience covers over 22 years in 7 countries in Africa and Asia with UNICEF focusing on Planning, program management, UN Coherence, situation analysis, Results Based Management RBM and Human Rights based approaches to programming. As a Regional Planning Officer in UNICEF EAPRO Chris was able to facilitate sharing of good practices among offices and provide technical assistance for programme planning, mid-term reviews, monitoring and evaluation and operational research.

His last post as Senior Adviser to the Executive Director of UNICEF on UN Coherence allowed him to explore coherence issues in depth and contribute to the process of UN Reform and the UN Handbook on making UN Coherence work for children. Having worked at country, regional and headquarters levels, Chris can bring an informed and down to earth perspective to bear. 

His core area of expertise includes preparation of situation analyses using human rights-based approaches, facilitation and design of RBM and UNDAF workshops, support for development of country programmes using a Theory of Change Approach, Analytical writing focused on results reporting and situation analysis. He received Facilitation Training through the UN Staff System College in Turin and is currently a member of the Global RBM Master Trainers group. In this capacity he has attended 3 rounds of Global RBM Training of Trainers meetings and facilitated RBM trainings in Malawi, Ethiopia and Kosovo. 

Since retirement from the UN 6 years ago he has undertaken assignments in Ghana (PPP training); Swaziland (UNDAF Strategic Planning); Ethiopia (Strategic Planning for the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, RBM for Senior Executives at ECA and for UNICEF); Tanzania (Country Analysis), Malawi (Country Analysis, situation analysis and RBM) and DPRK (Situation Analysis and update); South Sudan (Preparation of Country Programme Document and Country Programme Management Plan); Kosovo (Situation Analysis, RBM training, editing of Programme Strategy Notes and drafting of Country Programme Document) 

George Dawson

With an Economics Science degree as academic background and more than 36 years of contribution to UNICEF and United Nations System mainly in the areas of Operations, Management and Business Operations, George has served in the system as Chief and member of several Operations teams. Has served in his country Peru, and in Nigeria, Togo, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil and HQNY where he retire in 2016.   

Through his career involved in several organizational reforms which led him to be part of the   inter-agency Common Services Team and in 2010 started working in the Change Management Office managing and leading support to offices worldwide in preparation for UNICEF new system (VISION). In 2012 as a member of the Global Shared Services Center (GSSC) project team is part of the team that prepares the GSSC business case for OED and senior management. From 2014 leads the Transition Team for finance, master data management, human resources and payroll functions supporting all UNICEF offices worldwide to transition functions from country offices to GSSC in Budapest.    

Since 2016 supports UN agencies as technical consultant in various areas such a Business Operations Strategy (BOS) with missions in Vietnam, Brazil and GSSC Hungary. Provided technical expertise to UNICEF Enterprise Content Management project (ECM) in HQ  and coaching UNDP and UNV staff in Bolivia in career development. In 2019 George has provided technical support to the Brazil UN Resident Coordinator Office preparing the 2019-2021 Brazil Business Operations Strategy Feb-April 2019 and working with DESA UN Secretariat providing inputs for the 2019 Annual Report of the SG on the implementation of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) on Business Operations in the United Nations entities.                                                                  

With solid judgement capacity and strong analytical, communication and negotiation skills, performs as a facilitator, trainer and staff coach. Spanish is his mother tongue and works fluently in English with basic knowledge of Portuguese.

George is based in New York, USA.  NY, July 2019


Jean-Michel Delmotte

Jean-Michel shares his time between voluntary works in his small community in Switzerland and international consultancies in the field of programme planning, partnership building, Monitoring and Evaluation, strategic communication and office management. Prior to joining UNICEF in 1995 he was a free-lancer in those fields providing technical support to the European Institutions, The Word Bank, various UN agencies, the Red Cross or African Regional Organisations. During this period, he developed national monographs, situation analysis, various National Plan of Actions as well as programme documents supporting countries in Africa and in the European region.

In UNICEF, he was a Planning Officer in the African and in the European regions before becoming for 13 years Head of Offices in various countries and environments (complex emergencies, Middle Income Countries): Yugoslavia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Somalia. As a senior manager he led UNICEF and UNCT (as OIC) developing programme documents and leading implementing teams. 

In total, he has 30 years’ experience and capacity to conduct planning processes, critical analyses, to facilitate stakeholders group work, to organize information, use data, and produce quality documentation including strategic ones for high level advocacy. 

In addition to the reservoir of technical skills and expertise in using RBM, PPP, HRBAP he also brings his experience of collaboration with the Committee on the right of the child (including on sensitive matters), and of building partnerships with civil society, international organisations and the private sector. Recently he has developed interests and capacities to instil climate changes preventive and restorative actions into developmental processes.


Tom Franklin

  • Tom has had a 40-year career with UNICEF and US-based NGOs working in Africa.  He served as UNICEF Representative for Rwanda, Zonal Programme Officer in north-eastern Nigeria, and NGO Liaison Officer in the UN Office for Emergency Operations in Ethiopia.  He also headed the Cameroon programme of UK-based International Voluntary Service and was Associate Director for Africa at Private Agencies Collaborating Together (PACT).  In the latter capacity he screened and approved grants for local and international agencies in all but six countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • While he was Senior Policy Adviser for HIV/AIDS in UNICEF New York he strengthened UNICEF’s policy on and promotion of gender equality in HIV and AIDS programming and implementation;  as UNICEF Senior Programme Funding Officer he raised more than $ 100 million annually from official donors to UNICEF; and as Senior Programme Officer in the Africa Section he carried out quality control on UNICEF country programmes and drafted organization-wide policies.

  • In addition to BA and MA degrees from Cambridge University (UK), Tom has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham (UK) and was a research fellow at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

  • Tom specializes in writing, editing and producing key documents for UN agencies and NGOs.  His areas of expertise include situation analysis; strategic plans and programmes; annual, mid-term and donor reports; global and national policy; monitoring & evaluation, fund-raising and inter-agency coordination. 

  • Tom has authored several published articles and book reviews.  This includes such topics as the Millennium Development Goals, How Partnership Works, the everyday role of international development workers and the evaluation of Operation Lifeline Sudan.  He is in the process of completing a book on the dilemmas of famine relief in Ethiopia

  • Tom is committed to child and women’s rights, gender equality, accountable governance and climate change mitigation.

Indiana Gonzalez

An experienced results-oriented, Operations Manager, working for over 25 years with UNICEF, UNDP and UNOPS in several duty stations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Previously served for 15 years in different positions of increasing managerial responsibilities within the Government of Nicaragua.

Effectively contributes to the preparation of program, budget and planning documents and reports required by Country Office, HQs, partners and donors at the duty stations.

Excellent management of financial, human and material resources allocated to development programs and emergencies. Demonstrated transparency and fairness in procurement, recruitment and administrative processes conducted for country and regional offices in regular and emergency situations, according to organizational policies, rules, regulations and procedures. 

Proven capacity to take decisions and initiatives in the performance of the Operations management functions and establishing good relations with colleagues, national authorities, partners and donors, to ensure achievement of results. 

Fluent in three UN languages: Spanish, English and French. 

Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. 

Malcolm Goodale

Malcolm took early retirement after 32 years with the United Nations designing and delivering learning interventions around the world. These have included HQ, global, regional and in-country. Specialised in designing and delivering Leadership Development Programmes for the UN system as a whole for over a decade. He notably designed and facilitated the Resident Coordinator Induction Programmes for over a decade and created the UNCT Leadership Skills Programme for UNSSC.

 Other types of interventions have included training of resource persons and facilitators for: the UNDAF, Business Operations, Disaster Risk Reduction, Environmental Sustainability, Gender, Human Rights Based Approach to Development, Results Based Management and Team Building (Belbin certified). 

 In addition, he has led facilitation teams for Large Group Interventions not only in the field (see Global Experience below) but also at HQs. 

 Since retirement, he has specialized in designing and facilitating senior management retreats. Some of his recent clients include: UNV, UNCDF, UNESCO, UNDCO, UN Women and WHO.

 Global Experience

  • Morocco Myanmar

  • Niger

  • Panama

  • Russia

  • Rwanda

  • Senegal

  • Singapore

  • Somalia

  • South Africa 

  • Sri Lanka

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Turkey

  • United States

  • Vietnam

  • Afghanistan

  • Austria

  • Benin

  • Cameroon

  • DPRK

  • Egypt

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Haiti

  • Iraq

  • Italy

  • Jordan

  • Kenya

  • Lebanon

  • Madagascar

Hoda Hallab 

Hoda Hallab has over 25 years’s experience in designing and delivering Learning and Training programmes in various topics: Interpersonal communication skills, team building, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and strategic Planning. 

She facilitated numerous Strategic Planning Retreats for the UN country teams to develop the UNDAF.

 She also conducted more than fifty team building exercises for very diverse small and large groups of different UN organizations. 

 She designed training packages for various topics: Strategic Planning, Communication skills, Human Rights Based Approach to Programming (HRBA), Gender mainstreaming, HIV and AIDS awareness,

 She is a certified Trainer/facilitator:

  • By the UN Staff College for the UNDAF Strategic Planning(SPR);

  • By UNICEF for the Program Planning Process(PPP) and for Results Based Management (RBM).

She works in three languages: English, French and Arabic.

Robert Hanawalt

Robert Hanawalt has over 40 years of experience working in the management and development of programmes, human resources and organizational operations for the non-profit sectors as well as contractors in the private sector. He has worked in 17 different countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Far East. He has also worked in the United States.

  • Master’s degree on Human Resources development.

  • Wide professional experience in operational and programme management including business processes, finance management, audit, human resources, administration, supply and procurement, contracting, and Private Sector Development activities.

  • Has worked regionally in human resources overseeing the human resources issues in 24 West and Central African countries.

  • Proven record of professional training programme development and implementation in a variety of setting including cross-cultural orientation and sensitivity training. Also, extensive industrial training experience in power/desalination plants and technical training programme development.

  • 20 years of extensive professional working experience in United Nations/UNICEF at a senior managerial level, with responsibilities for programme support, management and operational functions in complex, emergency and some of the organisation’s largest and complex country programmes.

  • Extensive involvement in management of reviews of country offices’ programme management plans to ensure efficient and effective operationalization and optimization of financial and human resources.

  • Strong leadership and ability to oversee management and an organization’s human and financial resources with rigorous accountability in complex, large and geographically widespread and challenging operations.

  • Strong leadership skills, oversight, coordination, enterprise risk management, quality assurance on operational management and operational capacity building.

  • Strong planning skills, development of operational strategies, communication skills and partnership building.

  • Proven ability to develop new and creative ideas that promotes vision and mission of an organization.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English and French; Passable spoken Portuguese and Dari. Some Arabic.


Noel Ihebuzor

Noel Ihebuzor is multi-talented development expert with skills and expertise in programme planning and design, organizational development, research and human resource development. His professional career spans academia where he rose to become Head of curriculum studies and educational technology, and in the public sector where he attained the rank of Director of Research with Nigeria's highest Educational parastatal - The Nigeria Educational Research and Development  Council. His private sector experience included being Head of Shell’s Petroleum Community Development Function. 

After pioneering the establishment of Shell's new community engagement, Noel then joined the UN system from where he retired as Chief of Education and Early Childhood Development in 2013. He is a member of UNICEF's global RBM Master trainers’ group, Noel has facilitated RBM development for WHO and National governments. He has also assisted countries in producing their UNDAFs.

He is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management Consultants. Noel writes poetry in his spare time, has a volume of published poems to his credit and speaks and writes English and French fluently. and has successfully supervised seven PhDs.

Haleem Lone

Mr. Lone has over 20 years of relevant work experience – with UNICEF, UNDP, Oxfam and Ford Foundation, and other development organizations.  His extensive experience with UNICEF was working at country, regional and headquarters levels. His primary areas of work included strategic planning, RBM, monitoring, evaluation and programme coordination. Mr. Lone also participated in Facilitation training at the UNSSC and has been engaged in facilitating UNDAF and RBM workshops. He is also a certified UNICEF RBM Master Trainer and was the global lead in UNICEF DRP for the preparation and development of the RBM package in 2015-2016.  His last three posts in UNICEF were as Chief, Corporate Strategy and Analysis HQ - DRPChange Management lead for Programme in the Change Management Office HQ, and Regional Chief of Planning LAC.  He has led and participated in RBM trainings at HQ, regional and country level (including Panama, Dakar, Guinea Bissau, Ukraine, Venezuela, ECA Regional Office, Belize, Paraguay and Macedonia).  Mr Lone is recognized for excellent facilitation and presentation skills.  

Since retirement from UNICEF in December 2016, Mr Lone has been engaged by Ukraine CO, Guinea Bissau CO, ECA Regional Office, LAC Regional Office, Belize CO, Paraguay CO and Macedonia CO – in a range of strategic planning, SITAN, monitoring, MTRs and other programme review, RBM and evaluation functions.


Rajae Msefer

Before her retirement in mid 2016, Rajae held the position of deputy representative in Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Macedonia, and acted as Representative (a.i) in Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon.  

Rajae, a Moroccan citizen, has also served as a national programme specialist in the area of child and maternal health, social policy and child protection, in which she developed a profound experience with a focus on child exploitation and abuse, and violence against children. Prior to her appointment as deputy representative in Kyrgyzstan in 2008, she conducted several international assignments in Iran, Abu Dhabi, Chad, and Jordan (at the MENARO), working in the area of child protection and social policy. 

Among her responsibilities as Deputy Representative, Rajae successfully managed the UNICEF humanitarian response in Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Macedonia. This includes the civil unrest in the south of Kyrgyzstan, the influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the 2015 and 2016 crisis of migrants and refugees fleeing to European Union countries and crossing Macedonia.

Prior to UNICEF, Rajae was a university teacher at the Moroccan National Public Administration. Rajae is an economist and her professional strengths center around programme design, planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, Child Protection and Social Protection Systems Reforms, and Child Rights.   


Tad Palac

Over forty years of experience working in international development in Asia, Africa and Latin America, specialising in planning and management of social development programmes and projects with a focus on children. Extensive involvement/experience in UN Reform and Inter-Agency Coordination and training activities. Strong analytical, planning, communication, people and writing skills and ability to apply them in a wide variety of working environments and assignments.

Tad Palac began his UN career as a UNA-UK Volunteer in Indonesia after which he began a long (albeit intermittent) involvement with Latin America, initially serving in Paraguay, then later as Chief of the Americas Desk in UNICEF HQ and Representative in the Dominican Republic. 

After serving as UNICEF Programme Officer in Mozambique, he spent over a decade between 1983 and 1994 in charge of two of UNICEF’s largest Education Programmes during the global drive for “Education for All”, firstly in Bangladesh and then in India. A stint in UNICEF HQ New York supporting country and regional offices in Asia and then Latin America also saw him becoming increasingly involved in UN Reform and Coordination. He represented UNICEF in several inter-agency structures during the formative years of  Delivering as One and became involved in the UNDG’s development and roll-out of key reform tools and processes such as the CCA, UNDAF, Simplification and Harmonisation and the MDGs. His last assignment before taking early retirement, as UNICEF Representative in the Dominican Republic, included a year as Acting UN Resident Coordinator. 

His lengthy and varied experience in programme development, management, assessment and inter-agency coordination has enabled him to take on a variety of consultancies and assignments since retiring, including two stints as Acting UNICEF Representative as well as facilitating Programme Planning Process (PPP) workshops and, most recently, Results-based Management (RBM) training. He is a member of the global network of external facilitators for RBM.

Niloufar Pourzand

Niloufar Pourzand has a PhD in Sociology (Gender and Ethnic Studies). She is Iranian-Canadian and Toronto-based.  She has worked with the UN and Unicef for over three decades in various capacities in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Eastern Caribbean, Indonesia and India.   She currently teaches a Masters Course in International Development Studies at York University in Canada and is a regular guest lecturer in other various conferences.  

Niloufar also continues her work as an international consultant - with a focus on children, women and refugee rights, gender equality and equity, social policy, Monitoring & Evaluation, Results-Based Programming and training/capacity-building.  She is a member of the UNICEF RBM Master Trainers group and remains engaged with various rights-based organizations, mentors younger professionals. Niloufar also contributes her writing on  development/social issues to various outlets.

She speaks English and Farsi/Dari/Tajik fluently and speaks some French and German.


Ramesh Shrestha

Ramesh Shrestha has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition. He also has diploma in Medical Statistics and Diploma in Health Planning. 

Ramesh Shrestha started his professional career in Nepal as Research Officer working in public health research in the Institute of Medicine. He has extensive knowledge of programme evaluation, management and curriculum development in public health. 

Ramesh had the opportunity of joining UNICEF as Programme Office for Health & Nutrition in Nepal in July 1982. He then moved on with international assignment to Malawi as Programme Officer for Health & Nutrition in January 1986, then to Vietnam as Programme Officer for Early Childhood Education and Child Protection in April 1991. In April 1994 he was assigned as Assistant Representative to Maldives. In September 1997 he was appointed as Head of UNICEF Programme in autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq to take charge of Oil for Food Programme. In October 2000 he was appointed as UNICEF Representative to Ghana, followed by Yemen in September 2003 and then to Myanmar (Burma) in June 2006 from where he retired at the end of 2012. 

During his career with UNICEF Ramesh participated in several group works in UNICEF’s management reforms programme. He was also certified trainer for results-based management, and is fully abreast of UNDAF, and Human Rights Based Approaches to Programming. 

Following retirement after thirty years with UNICEF, Ramesh volunteered to ECPAT (End Child Prostitution in Tourism) in their works in preparing ECPAT reports for ASAEN countries and reviewing of several documents for publication during 2013-15.


Nancy Raphael

Nancy Raphael brings energy, creativity, and commitment to her consulting and coaching practices.  At the organizational level Nancy has designed several change management and career development initiatives and conduced numerous team-building and strategic visioning exercises designed to enhanced organizational performance.  At the individual level Nancy has coached hundreds of staff in various UN agencies around refining their leadership skills, dealing effectively with transitions, and tackling difficult performance, as well as providing career counselling including preparations of CV’s and interviewing techniques.    

All of her work builds on her exceptional people skills, honed by her experience interacting with culturally diverse leaders, individuals and teams in a wide range of professional environments.  Clients and colleagues describe her as action focused, passionate, caring and insightful, with a strong focus on action.  She guides teams and individuals to realize their goals by helping them to expand their perspectives, gain insights into behaviors, and build on their strengths.  

Nancy has over 30 years of human resources experience in the international not-for-profit sector in human resources management. She currently works as a change management consultant, senior adviser, facilitator and executive coach.  Her most recent assignments include work for UNICEF’s Division of Communication, UNICEF’s Division of Information Technology and UNICEF’s Private Sector Division and UNFPA’s Division of Human Resources as a change management consultant.  She also works as an executive coach for the United Nations System Staff College in their leadership development programme.  Her career record includes appointments as Director of Human Resources for the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva; as Regional Chief of Human Resources for UNICEF for Europe and Central Asia and as Chief, Staff Relations for UNICEF in the Division of Human Resources at New York.   

Nancy holds a certification in executive coaching from the Columbia University Business School and Teachers College, as well as an M.S. in Human Resources from the New School University, specializing in Organizational Development and a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz.  She is also a certified investigator for the United Nations Secretariat in cases of prohibited Certified Investigator for the United Nations Secretariat in cases of prohibited conduct (harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority). She is a qualified administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Personality Preference Test and the Belbin Team Role Profiles Instrument. 


Djermakoye Bibata

38 years’ work experience in the administrative and financial management of semi-public companies and in International organization office.

Degree from the National School of Administration and specialised in Master Business Administration MBA (CESAG-Dakar). I assumed many executive duties in that field.

I have broadened my knowledge by participating in many national and international workshops and seminars, both in Niger and abroad.

I served in several structures endowed with financial autonomy; I have had the opportunity to develop contacts abroad whether in the public, semi-public, private and International sectors.

Besides, I have a thorough knowledge of the management mechanisms of many bilateral and multilateral cooperation organisations and financial institutions, specially the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank (for having managed the funds of several projects for the last 10 years), USAID through the Applied Agricultural Research project (PRAAN), the French Cooperation through the Fac Project, and FAO.

My work with those organisations has enabled me to improve my knowledge in English as well as in business data processing tools. It has also helped me to have a more developed sense of diplomacy and negotiations.

Endowed with a team work, I know how to manage the employees under my responsibility and how to help my supervisor in the management of our organization.