Our Team in Indonesia
Head of the RCO, strategic planner and Sr. Coordination Officer
As the Head of the RCO, strategic planner and Sr. Coordination Officer, Ms. Afke Bootsman provides overall strategic guidance to the RC and UN Country Team (UNCT) on UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the CCA and the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. Ms. Bootsman leads the overall management of the RCO to ensure substantive and effective support to the RC/UNCT and initiates and coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the Cooperation Framework.
Country Office Manager a.i.
Mr. Akira Moretto is an international development professional with more than 16 years of experience in creating impact in humanitarian and development settings. Prior to his current assignment as the country manager for UNOPS Indonesia, Mr. Moretto has contributed to the work of UN agencies (UNOPS, UNDP, UNORCID), International NGOs (Terre des Hommes), Intergovernmental Organizations (CIFOR) and the private sector in collaboration with a multitude of Government partners at national and regional levels across 24 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Moretto holds a Master’s in European Studies and International Relations from the Universities of Siena (Italy), Panteion (Greece) and Salamanca (Spain), and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Sussex (UK) and the International Christian University (Japan).
Ms. Ann Maymann has been working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 1996. She is currently serving as UNHCR Representative to Indonesia. Ms. Maymann is from Denmark and holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and French from Roskilde University, Denmark and a Master’s Degree in Law of Armed Conflict from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Barlev Nico Marhehe
Programme Management Officer
Mr. Barlev Nico Marhehe joined UN Environment early 2019. He has over 15 years of experience in development organizations, specializing in country programming and government relationships. Mr. Marhehe holds master’s degrees in Development Economics from Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherland and in Quantitative Social Science from Catholic University of Brussel, Belgium, as well as BA in Economics from University of Indonesia.
Ms. Cynthia Veliko has worked across the UN system since 1999. She has served with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) since 2006 as Human Rights Advisor in three countries - Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and was appointed as Regional Representative to OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia in 2017. Ms. Veliko has worked on human rights issues in the context of development, armed conflict and natural disasters.
Erik van der Veen
Head of Office and UNODC Liaison to ASEAN
Erik van der Veen is the Head of Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Indonesia and UNODC Liaison to ASEAN since October 2023. Mr. Van der Veen has served in various leadership, policy and programming positions with UNODC over the past 16 years with UNODC in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Islamabad, Pakistan. He also worked for the International Narcotics Control Board and the civil society Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Mr. Van der Veen holds a master’s degree in European studies from the College of Europe in Poland, and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands
Hani A. Elsadani Salem
As the country director for IFAD Indonesia, Mr. Hani A. Elsadani - Salem possesses extensive experience in rural development, agriculture, irrigation and drainage, water resources management. Prior to his current position, Mr. Elsadani - Salem has worked in number of reputable International Financing Institutions; e.g. the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and has managed number of large IFAD country programmes in different countries. He holds a PhD in Soil and Water.
Hassan Mohtashami is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry and post-graduate training in Population Leadership with over 32 years of leadership experience in the health sector. Prior to his current role in Indonesia, which he assumed in November 2023, he held the positions as UNFPA Representative/OIC in Turkiye, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Eswatini, Uganda, and Sudan. Before joining UNFPA in 2004, he was WHO’s Reproductive Health Advisor in Afghanistan. He had worked in several positions in his home country, Iran, as District Health Director, World Bank Project Manager, and CEO of the National Family Planning Association (IPPF-affiliate).
Regional Programme Coordination Officer
Mr. Hernan Longo is a Regional Programme Coordination Officer with the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT). Prior to his appointment at UNOCT in 2019, Mr. Longo served as a Terrorism Prevention Officer with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (2013-2019) and Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (2009-2013). Before joining the UN, he served in various capacities within the criminal justice system in his home country for 17 consecutive years. Mr. Longo is a Lawyer with a post-graduate degree in Criminal Law.
Mr. Jamshed Kazi possesses over 20 years of diverse field and senior management experience in the fields of democratic governance, programme management, inter-agency coordination, human rights, women’s empowerment and environmental policy with several UN agencies and the NGO sector. A national of Bangladesh, Mr. Kazi holds Master’s degrees on Public Administration; Development Studies; and Environmental Assessment and Evaluation, respectively, from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chief of Mission
Mr. Jeffrey Labovitz is the current Chief of Mission of the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the Republic of Indonesia, serving in the position since February 2023. In a career that has spanned five continents, Mr. Labovitz brings over 27 years of experience leading and managing development programs, humanitarian response, and strategic responses to migration issues in various duty stations at the IOM Headquarters, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Prior to this appointment, Mr Labovitz served as the Director of the Department of Operations and Emergencies at the IOM headquarters. Mr. Labovitz holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California.
Jennifer Kim Rosenzweig
Country Director a.i.
Ms. Jennifer Kim Rosenzweig, DrPh is the Country Director for WFP Indonesia. Ms. Rosenzweig first joined WFP in 2013 as part of the Asia regional programme team in Bangkok before moving to Rome in 2018 to take up her post as the HQ Nutrition Division Chief for Knowledge Management and Digital Innovation. Prior to joining WFP, Ms. Rosenzweig held senior management positions in the NGO sector working across the Balkans, Caucuses, and in Asia. Notably, Ms. Rosenzweig led the Indonesia Save the Children Health and Nutrition team from 2006 to 2011. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Clark University, a Master’s in Public Health from John’s Hopkins University and a Doctorate of Public Health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kishore Babu GSC Yerraballa
Area Representative Southeast Asia & other Member States in Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Kishore Babu Yerraballa joined ITU on June 1, 2023 as Area Representative, ITU Jakarta Office. With over thirty of experience in the telecom and technology sector, he led national and global initiatives in technology, policy, operations, and international relations in Indian Administration. He contributed to the development of ICTs in next generation technologies including 5G, Quantum, IoTs, and innovative solutions for socioeconomic verticals. He enabled the creation of a national platform for technology and innovation engagement with key stakeholders including technology companies, service providers, government, standards bodies, Centres of Excellence, and academia. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIMB-Bangalore), Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs (Syracuse, NY), and a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering.
Ms Krittayawan Tina Boonto has 30 years’ experience in the field of development and health. She has been at UNAIDS for 25 years and since 2017 is the UNAIDS Country Director for Indonesia. Prior to Indonesia, Ms Boonto served as the Senior Investment and Efficiency Adviser in UNAIDS Myanmar. Before joining UNAIDS, Ms Boonto began her UN career with UN-ESCAP and UNICEF, in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management.
Director of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Jakarta, and UNESCO Representative to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste
Ms. Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa brings experience of nearly 30 years with UNESCO, UNICEF and JICA, at global, regional, and country levels. She assumed her role as the Director of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Jakarta, and UNESCO Representative to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste in July 2023. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Director of the Division for Education 2030 at UNESCO Headquarters overseeing UNESCO’s global programmes on Gender and Inclusive Education, Higher Education, Education in Emergencies and led the global SDG4 coordination mechanism. In addition, during 2022, she served as the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat for the Transforming Education Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General in September 2022. Ms. Katsuno-Hayashikawa holds Master’s degrees in Educational Planning from the Institute of Education, University College London, and in Early Childhood Education from the South Australia University; and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ms. Maniza Zaman assumed her role as UNICEF Representative in Indonesia in August 2022. She has over 25 years of experience in furthering child rights, both in development and humanitarian contexts. Previously, she served as the UNICEF Representative in Kenya and in the United Republic of Tanzania, and as the Deputy Director in Programme Division in UNICEF, New York. Ms. Zaman is a dual national of Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oxford, UK, and Master of Science degree from Cornell University, USA.
Liaison Officer to ASEAN
Mr. Mark Harris works for the UN Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, and has been the first UN Liaison to ASEAN since October 2014. From 2012-2014, Mr. Harris worked for the UN Department of Political Affairs on regional issues, including ASEAN, and at the UN Regional Centre in Bangkok. Prior to that, he was the lead researcher for the UNODC Transnational Organised Crime Threat Assessment for Asia and the Pacific and served as a UN political officer in several UN peacekeeping missions. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Politics, Government and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Ms. Michiko Miyamoto is currently the Country Director for ILO activities for Indonesia and Timor-Leste since March 2017. Previously, she was the Deputy Country Director for ILO activities for Indonesia and Timor Leste and has worked in the field of international development for almost 30 years. Prior to joining the ILO Office in Indonesia, Ms. Miyamoto worked at the ILO Headquarters and the Regional Office for Asia Pacific. Ms. Miyamoto holds Master of Public Administration and Master of Art, Public and International Affairs from University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Miklos Gaspar is the Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Jakarta, assuming the position in September 2022. He has more than 25 years of experience in public information, communications and international relations, both at the United Nations and externally. His UN experience includes being Chief of Digital Media and Public Information Materials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Chief of Communications and Events at the International Trade Centre (ITC). Before joining the UN in 2009, Mr. Gaspar had held several senior-level positions in the private sector, including as Editor-in-Chief of the Budapest Business Journal and Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of Pressflex, LLC. Mr. Gaspar holds a Doctoral degree in Linguistics from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.
Dr. Navaratnasamy Paranietharan arrived in Indonesia in January 2018, bringing with him notable achievements in health systems strengthening, health sector coordination, and technical assistance to governments and development partners from throughout his career. Before joining the WHO Indonesia office, Dr. Paranie was the WHO Representative to Bangladesh, playing a vital role in up-scaling the health sector response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Dr. Paranie is a Medical Doctor from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Mr. Norimasa Shimomura is currently the Resident Representative of UNDP Indonesia. He began his assignment in October 2020. Mr. Shimomura has more than 25 years of experience at the United Nations, promoting sustainable human development in many countries. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan in 2015-2020. Mr. Shimomura holds Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a BA from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Rajendra Aryal has nearly 30 years of experience in leading and implementing development and humanitarian projects in different countries across the globe such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia, South Sudan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. He was appointed as FAO Representative for Indonesia and Timor Leste in August 2021, following senior positions with FAO for more than 20 years in different countries. Prior to this position, he was FAO Representative in Afghanistan. Mr. Aryal holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, India and Master of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from Leibnitz University of Hannover, Germany.
Representative - Jakarta Office
Mr. Salil Dutt is currently the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), UNIDO for the Global Eco-Industrial Park Programme- Indonesia Country Level Intervention (GEIPP-Indonesia). He has 25+ years of cross-functional experience and vast exposure in energy and environmental management, focusing on the implementation of programs and projects, conceptualizing and implementing consulting/ technology development/ transfer/commercialization projects, setting up new business entities and business operations in south-east Asia and North Africa, strategic business planning and management, policy analysis and capacity building. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delhi, a Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Energy & Environment Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from G. B. Pant University Pantnagar.
Head of Office
Ms. Victoria Saiz-Omenaca is currently the Head of the OCHA Indonesia Office since July 2019, which is also the primary liaison point in OCHA for engagement with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Ms. Saiz-Omenaca has been with OCHA for twenty years. Prior to OCHA, she worked for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support. Ms. Saiz-Omenaca holds a Bachelor's degree in Political and Public Administration and in Sociology, and a Master's degree in Sociology.