Luis Mendez

Luis is the Founder/Owner of StratMan. He is key to the success of this small start-up that has seen a progressive success since its startup 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 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 Deputy Director (a.i) 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 preparedness standards in place. 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.