Ms. Valerie Julliand is currently the UN Resident Coordinator (UN RC) for the Republic of Indonesia. She began her assignment in October 2020. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Julliand served as the UN RC in Nepal since 2016. Prior to coming to Nepal, she held the position of Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative in Guatemala (2013-2016) and in the Dominican Republic (2009-2013).
Head of the RCO, strategic planner and Sr. Coordination Officer
As the Head of the RCO, strategic planner and Sr. Coordination Officer, Afke 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. She 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.
Ms. Anjali Sen is an Indian national who brings 30 years of experience in the development and government sectors. Much of her time has been spent in championing and advocating the sexual and reproductive health rights of the poorest, most vulnerable, and marginalised communities.
Holds a Master of History degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Bachelor of History degree from Delhi University.
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 she has a Master Degree in International Development and French from Roskilde University, Denmark and a Master Degree in Law of Armed Conflict from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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. He was educated as an Economist and 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.
Bruno Dercon is a Senior Human Settlements Officer at the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Fukuoka, Japan. His first assignment in Indonesia was in 1986 and he has since worked in Jakarta, Bandung, Pekanbaru, Banda Aceh and Kupang, in academic, private sector and UN roles. In 2005, Mr. Dercon joined UN-Habitat as the housing policy adviser for the reconstruction in Aceh after the Tsunami and supported the Indonesia programmes of UN-Habitat also afterwards.
Christa Räder is a socio-economist and agricultural economist. She holds a Ph.D. in Socio-economics of Rural Development from the University of Göttingen/Germany for which she conducted extensive field research on rural household economy in Bangladesh. She has worked for the World Food Programme (WFP) for almost 28 years in South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East and West Africa, and in WFP Headquarters in Rome. Since 2005, she has been WFP Representative and Country Director in Lao PDR, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and since July 2019 in Indonesia.
Collie F. Brown is the Country Manager for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Indonesia and Liaison to ASEAN. Prior to this assignment, he was the Advisor for Criminal Justice in UNODC Pakistan where he managed a portfolio of support to the Federal and provincial governments of Pakistan in the areas of law enforcement, prosecution, prisons and anti-corruption. Prior to joining UNODC, he worked in the United States where he provided technical assistance to these jurisdictions to improve their continuum of criminal justice responses to crime.
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 March 2006 as Human Rights Advisor in three countries - Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and was appointed in August 2017 as Regional Representative to OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia. Ms. Veliko has worked on human rights issues in the context of development, armed conflict and natural disasters.
Debora Comini has been the UNICEF Representative in Indonesia since October 2018. She started her UNICEF career in 1991 in UNICEF Headquarter, New York, and has held several senior positions including UNICEF Representative in Cambodia, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Latin America & Caribbean, UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua, UNICEF Representative in North Macedonia, UNICEF Representative in Venezuela, and Regional Chief of Planning for Latin America & Caribbean.
Dr N. 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 where he played a vital part in scaling up the health sector response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Dr Paranie is a Medical Doctor from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Esam Alqararah has more than 30 years working in Economic Development. He has been working for UNIDO since 2005. Before his current assignment as UNIDO Representative to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, he served as UNIDO Representative in Pakistan during the period 2014-2017, and as UNIDO Country Representative in Jordan for the period 2005-2013. Mr. Alqararah holds a master degree in Business Administration and B,Sc in Agriculture from University of Jordan.
Head of the IFAD South East Asia and the Pacific Sub-regional Hub, and Country Representative to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia since 2019. Before moving to Indonesia was the Chief of the IFAD Quality Assurance Group (2015-2019), responsible for the quality assessment, at design stage, of all IFAD Country Strategies and projects globally. Between 2007 and 2015 was the IFAD Country Director for Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Before moving to IFAD had worked in FAO (2000-2007) as Chief Technical Advisor on Programme Evaluation and Policy Analysis in Mexico, leading agricultural policy analysis and independent evaluation of most governmental programmes on agriculture and rural development.
Previous to joining the United Nations System was Secretary of Rural Development of the Government of Bolivia (1993-1996); Director of the Support Program for Food Security financed by the European Union (1996-1997); consultant in several Latin American countries (1997-2000); and had also worked in NGOs in support to small farmers economy, research on land tenure, and strengthening of rural financial services institutions.
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, Jamshed holds Masters 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.
Ms. Johanna Aleida Maria Jonkhart (Jolanda), a Dutch national, having worked in Asia region for more than two decades is still equally enthused to serve the region and has recently joined UNOPS AR THOH Indonesia on 5th September 2018. She has fifteen years of rich experience in a development sector – majority of which are in the areas of fund management, programme management and regional development planning.
Mr. Joseph Katuramu is currently the UN Chief Security Advisor Indonesia since October 2019. Before that Joseph was UN Chief Security Advisor(ai) for Pakistan (2017-2019). Joseph also worked as a Senior Operations officer for DSS Kenya/Eritrea, Security Advisor Swaziland, and Eritrea as well as Filed Security officer for Mogadishu, Somalia and Field Security Coordination Officer, Sri-Lanka. Joseph has A master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict studies and BA in Political Science and Public Administration.
Mr. Louis Hoffmann is the Chief of Mission for IOM Indonesia since 2019. Previously, Mr. Hoffmann was Head of the Transition and Recovery Division within the Department of Operations and Emergencies at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Hoffmann is a graduate of Georgetown University, and joined IOM with a background in the screening and resettlement of refugees from Southeast Asia.
Mark Harris, UN (DPA) Liaison Officer to ASEAN, Jakarta, has been deployed to Jakarta, the seat of ASEAN, as the first UN Liaison to ASEAN since October 2014. From 2012-2014, Mr. Harris worked was recruited by DPA to work regional issues, including ASEAN, at the UN Regional Centre in Bangkok. He has a Master of Arts degree in Politics, Government and HIstory from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Ms. Miyamoto is currently the Country Director for ILO activities for Indonesia and Timor-Leste since March 2017. She has worked in the field of international development over 20 years. Prior to joining the ILO Office in Indonesia, she worked at the ILO Headquarters and the Regional Office for Asia Pacific. Holds Master of Public Administration and Master of Art, Public and International Affairs from University of Pittsburg.
Mr. Norimasa Shimomura has started as UNDP Resident Representative in Indonesia on 1 October 2020. He 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. He holds Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in the City of New York, and B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
Petrarca Karetji commenced as the Head of Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) in August 2019. Prior to joining PLJ, he has undertaken a range of roles, including as team leader of the DFAT funded Knowledge Sector Initiative (2017-2019), and was the first locally employed Director for AusAID (now DFAT). Mr. Karetji holds a MSc. in Development Studies and a BA in Education from Satya Wacana Christian University. Born and raised in a remote region of West Papua, he is a national of Indonesia.
Dick Trenchard has more than 25 years development, humanitarian and crisis experience. A land tenure and property specialist by background, he has worked for the United Nations at FAO, IFAD and WFP (on secondment).
Before this dual appointment as FAO Representative ad interim for Indonesia and Timor-Leste in November 2020, he was head of Regional Policy and Senior Adviser for the Near East and North Africa, based in FAO’s regional office in Cairo, focusing on transforming food systems for healthy diets, rural growth and sustainable environmental management. Previously, he has been FAO’s first “Whole of Syria Coordinator” and FAO Representative in Somalia, playing a key leadership role in an unprecedented – and successful – international and national effort to prevent famine warming becoming the spectre of famine. He also has experience from a range of sudden-onset and complex emergency settings, including South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Liberia, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Rwanda and has supported development programmes and operations in more than thirty other countries.
Previously, he has played advisory roles in FAO’s Senior Management team and been part of technical teams providing longer-term development support to countries around the world, mainly on land tenure and livelihood-related work.
He has a PhD from Cambridge University (UK).
Satu Kahkonen is the World Bank Country Director for Indonesia and Timor-Leste, joining the position in February 2020 and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to this position, she was the World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. She had also served as Director of the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice at the World Bank Group. She was a Sector Manager in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit, focused on economic policy management and covered 18 countries of the East and South East Europe.
Shahbaz Khan is the Director of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Representative to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. Before joining UNESCO, he was Professor and Director at the Charles Sturt University, Research Director Irrigation Systems at CSIRO and Programme Leader, System Harmonisation for Regional Irrigation Business Partnerships at the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures, Australia.
Stuart Watson serves as a Senior Advisor in the UNAIDS Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and is currently the UNAIDS Country Director a.i. for Indonesia. Prior to joining the UN, Stuart worked as Programme Manager for Oxfam Pacific / New Zealand, The Governments of New Zealand and Australia, and taught at universities in Spain, Kuwait and Papua New Guinea. Stuart is a national of New Zealand.
Dr. S. Ismail Shah is the ITU Area Representative and Head of ITU office for South East Asia and Timor-Leste. Holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a registered professional Engineer and is also a Senior Member of IEEE, USA and Member of the Institute of Electronics Information and Communication Engineers, Japan and has more than 100 technical publications.
Victoria Saiz-Omenaca is currently Head of the OCHA Indonesia Office from 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. Holds Bachelor's degrees in Political and Public Administration and in Sociology, and a Master's degree in Sociology.