Meet the Team

  • Andrew Bovarnick
    Global Head of the Green Commodities Programme

    Andrew is also UNDP's Lead Natural Resource Economist, guiding UNDP programmes economic and market based approaches to global environmental problems. Andrew was charged with establishing GCP in 2009 and has since built up the team and programme. Andrew leads the programme with his global team and continues to develop new strategic initiatives and partnerships for GCP. Andrew is also a regular speaker at international conferences. Prior to joining UNDP, Andrew was a Senior Economic Consultant with Environmental Management Resources, a global consultancy working on a broad range of natural resource management and policy projects funded by international donor agencies and multinationals.

  • Leif Pedersen
    Senior Commodities Advisor

    Leif develops and oversees project implementation, as well as provides on agricultural commodities to all country offices. Until 2012, Leif was a Senior Manager at the Rainforest Alliance with responsibility for its Sustainable Coffee Programme. Prior to this he worked for seven years with UNDP as an Environmental Programme Officer in El Salvador and as member of UNDP’s Global Environment Facility team, managing a portfolio of biodiversity conservation and land degradation projects in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.

  • Nicolas Petit
    Senior Commodities Advisor

    Nicolas currently focuses on Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia and Papua New Guinea. is also the lead figure for the UNDP Green Commodities Programme's Farmer Support Systems Tool. Nicolas has 20 years’ experience working on sustainable agricultural commodities, rural livelihoods and rural labour markets. He has worked for the European Commission, the UN and various NGOs. In his last position, Nicolas was the Director of Standards and Assurance for the Better Cotton Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on the promotion of more sustainable production practices in this sector.

  • Charles O'Malley
    Senior Partnerships Advisor

    Charles has 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and change addressing a diverse range of social and environmental challenges. He is in charge of running UNDP Green Commodities Programme's global initiative Value Beyond Value Chains. Recently he has been running a peer network for leaders and pioneers of change. Prior, as Head of Europe at AccountAbility, he was involved in advising large global companies on developing and deepening their corporate responsibility, sustainability and stakeholder engagement work. Earlier, he spent a decade working in accountancy, corporate finance and venture capital.

  • Lise Melvin
    Senior Programme Advisor

    Lise focuses on best practices for National Commodity Platforms and capacity for platform practitioners. Before 2013, Lise served as the Chief Executive of the successful Better Cotton Initiative for seven years. She successfully developed strategies and global programmes to deliver a sustainable commodity supply chain in the cotton sector. She has over 14 years of experience working with NGOs, private sector and Governments on commodities, agriculture, sustainable development, supply chains and learning consultancy.

  • Pascal Fabié
    Senior Advisor for Learning & Impact

    Pascal has more than 20 years international experience in sustainable with multinationals, the public sector, and NGOs working on environment, governance and education, focusing on organizational learning, accountability, strategic planning and transparency. He is the mastermind behind the UNDP Green Commodities Programme's theoretical background, the Theory of Change (see Our Focus). Before joining GCP, he was on the management team of Transparency International, leading cross-regional learning, programme accountability, and capacity development, supporting a network of 100+ independent national entities.

  • Christina Archer
    Senior Partnership Advisor

    Christina heads the UNDP Green Commodities Programme's From Commitment to initiative. Prior to joining the Programme, Christina worked for Save the Children UK for many years on issues such as impact assessment, livelihoods, emergency response, and child rights programme management, then joined the Community Trade team of The Body Shop to manage their Latin America ingredient supply chains, more recently developing their new Sustainable Sourcing guidelines. During that time she also worked closely with L’Oreal on several sustainable sourcing initiatives.

  • Pascale Bonzom
    Global Project Manager of the Good Growth Partnership

    Pascale has extensive experience within UNDP and on supply chains, having with UNDP on agriculture value chain and private sector development and engagement issues for over 13 years. Previously, Pascale worked for five years as a business consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, in London and New York. She has an engineering degree in Chemistry from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Toulouse, and a PhD in Chemistry from the School of Pharmacy, University College London.

  • Aline Da Silva
    Programme Management Support Consultant for the Good Growth Partnership

    Aline focuses on the coordination of the Good Growth Partnership. Prior to GCP, Aline worked with the UNDP Equator Initiative on the organization of the Equator Prize 2017, an award recognizing local communities and indigenous peoples’ nature-based solutions for sustainable development, and supported the selection process of the 2017 winners. Aline has also worked in the not-for profit sector, including with the Sustainable Business Network and the Living Future Institute of Australia. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations and Sustainable Development from the Political Science Schools of Rennes and Bordeaux (France).

  • Simon Cooper
    Communications Lead

    Simon has extensive experience of strategy work with international organizations and Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives. He has worked with the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Better Cotton Initiative, ISEAL Alliance, Textile Exchange, 4C Association, SAN, Pesticide Action Network UK, the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Cotton Made in Africa and the Social and Labor Convergence Project. A qualified performance coach and business mediator, Simon previously spent 25 years as a broadcaster before becoming Communications Director at Classic FM, the UK’s national classical music radio station. With a first degree in Geography from Cambridge University, he graduated in 2005 with an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.

  • Cristina Baeza
    Communications Specialist

    Cristina supports global communications for the UNDP's Green Commodities and the Good Growth Partnership. Prior to joining the Programme, Cristina worked as a communications consultant for the leading PR firm in Spain and Latin America. Previously, she had interned for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the UN headquarters in New York, and had worked as a communication and public relations executive in West Java's largest shopping and leisure center, in Bandung, Indonesia. Cristina holds a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a master's degree in Communication and Information Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

  • Vanessa Briceño
    Programme Administrative Associate

    Vanessa has extensive experience in the areas of administration, procurement, and management. Prior to working with the UNDP's Green Commodities Programme, Vanessa worked in the private sector for different multinationals, including, for example, Philip Morris International, Citibank and Amadeus IT Group.

  • Laura Acuña
    Programme Finance Specialist

    Prior to joining the UNDP's Green Commodities Programme, Laura had worked as an in investment funds of real estate projects, as financial analyst in the private sector and as a trade advisor for the Delegation of the European Union in Venezuela, where she worked for 13 years. She studied her Master's in Economics and Finance at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and her Bacherlor's degree in Economics at the Universidad Catolica Andrés Bello in Caracas.

  • Aleksandra Atallah
    Programme Knowledge Management & Integration

    Aleksandra focuses on internal communications, the Programme team’s work processes, strategic initiatives development and coordination, community of practice quality assurance and outreach. Before that, Aleksandra worked with UNDP Nepal’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System Programme (RoLHR). Prior to joining UNDP, she worked for five years in Germany for the leading coalition against corruption - Transparency International (TI). Aleksandra studied both at University of Warsaw and Université catholique de Louvain and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology.

  • Lavinia Gasperini
    Junior Support Consultant

    Lavinia focuses on monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization and private engagement, as well as programme management and administration. Prior to joining the UNDP Green Commodities Programme, Lavinia worked with the Italian Embassy in Australia and volunteered for several years in non-profit organizations focused on human rights and local community involvement. She holds a degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Relations.

  • Matías Ferreira
    Community of Practice Coordinator

    Prior to joining the UNDP Green Commodities Programme, Matías worked in the and hospitality industries and volunteered for several years in non-profit organizations focused on poverty eradication. He holds a degree in International Business.

  • Kifah Sasa Marín
    Senior Programme Advisor

    Kifah the Sustainable Development and Resilience Programme Officer at UNDP, Rica, and as a UNDP GCP Senior Programme Advisor, he provides technical expertise to all National Commodity Platforms. Kifah has over 15 years of professional experience as an international expert on sustainable development and natural resource management. He is a specialist on marine conservation, ethnobiology, tropical medicine and rural development. He was also a finalist of the Young Conservationist Award of IUCN.

  • Marlon Flores
    Senior Technical Advisor

    Marlon is the Senior Technical Advisor on Targeted Scenario Analysis. This is innovative approach to economic valuation that is centered on productive sectors. Marlon is a natural resource economist that has provided guidance to implement TSA studies since 2010. He joined the GCP Team in January, 2018. He has also supported UNDP-GEF projects related to biodiversity finance and economics by applying market and non-market financial instruments to protected areas’ finance; and lead the design of complex public-private biodiversity finance solutions linked to results-based budgeting and cost-effectiveness. Prior to UNDP, Marlon was a Senior PA Policy Advisor at the Nature Conservancy’s Worldwide Office in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Jean Paul Aka
    National Commodities Advisor

    As an agronomist, with a specialization in forestry and environment, he has six professional experience and expertise in sustainable agriculture, sustainable forest management and REDD+. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked at Côte d'Ivoire's REDD+ Secretariat, as Head of the National REDD + Strategy and Partnership with the Private Sector to reduce deforestation in the Cocoa and Oil Palm Supply Chains. He also coordinated the development of the national zero deforestation agriculture policy that forms the basis of Côte d'Ivoire's first project proposal to the Global Climate Fund.

  • Sandra Andraka
    Community of Practice Advisor for Membership & Learning

    Sandra had worked as the National Coordinator and Fishery Advisor of the Large Sustainable Fisheries Platform in Costa Rica and team member of the UNDP's Global Sustainable Supply Chain for Marine Commodities Project. Sandra has more than 14 years of experience working in Latin America on marine conservation, fisheries management, policy work and advocacy, both nationally and internationally. Before joining UNDP, Sandra worked the World Wildlife Fund on terrestrial and marine conservation projects and also operated her own consultancy company. She holds an advance degree in Environmental and Rural Planning and a degree in Biology.

 

 

Meet our Country-based Teams

 

Costa Rica

  • Jairo Serna
    Technical Advisor for National Pineapple Platform

    Jairo oversees the implementation of priority actions of the Action Plan for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica. For 15 years, he has worked in research, conservation biology and democratic dialogue for government institutions of Costa Rica and international organizations such as the French Global Environment Facility, Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International. He has practical experience in at both national and international levels in agricultural commodities production and fisheries. He has provided technical support to national commodity platforms in Paraguay (soy and beef) and Costa Rica (large pelagic fisheries).

  • Miriam Miranda
    Coordinator for the Production Landscapes Project

    Before joining UNDP, Miriam directed several projects, including the REDD+ The main focuses of these were to develop regularization tools for the Costa Rican environmental protected areas. One of her key contributions was establishing the Costa Rican Territorial Information System. She obtained her PhD from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she focused her studies on Sustainable Development and environmental policies.

Côte d'Ivoire

  • Bernard Brou Yao
    Programme Analyst for Sustainable Human Development

    Bernard oversees follow-up to the UNREDD+ Program and other environmental in Côte d'Ivoire. Prior to this, he worked with UNDP Côte d’Ivoire as a Program Manager and was also an international consultant for FAO in Guinea Bissau. In 2010 he earned a Humphrey-Fulbright graduate certificate in natural resources management and climate change from Cornell University. He also holds a Masters degree in Geomatics and natural resources evaluation, and a postgraduate degree in environment protection and agricultural system improvement.

Ecuador

  • Mónica Andrade
    Programme Officer at the Environment and Energy Unit

    For the past 15 years, Mónica has been focusing on environmental policy and and has been promoting and coordinating governance and dialogue processes towards sustainable development in Latina America and the Caribbean. She is interested in national commodity plaltform development and sharing her experience in participatory processes. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden.

Ghana

  • Paolo Dalla Stella
    Programme Specialist

    Paolo is a Programme Specialist at UNDP Ghana, where he leads the Sustainable Cluster. With seven years experience in environmental project management, Paolo’s programme portfolio includes climate change, disaster risk reduction, green economy, sustainable energy, biodiversity conservation and chemicals management. Paolo holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Development Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy.

  • Ayirebi Frimpongworks
    Environment Focal Point

    Ayirebi is the focal point for the UNDP Environmentally Sustainable Production in Cocoa Landscapes Phase II project, at UNDP Ghana. Prior to this, he worked as the Project Coordinator on UNDP’s Green Climate Fund Readiness Project to build the capacity of national institutions in Ghana to access climate finance. He has over nine years of experience as a sustainable development professional, with a focus on natural resources management, climate change and impact assessment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management and a Master’s degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Auditing from the University of East Anglia in England.

  • Kwame Kusi-Wiredu Asumadu
    Forest Management and Conservation Specialist

    Kwame has 7 years experience with local and international NGOs on developmental focusing on climate change, sustainable development, ecosystems assessment and valuation, as well as natural capital for human wellbeing. He has worked as a facilitator and Programme Officer in the cocoa-forest landscape focusing on community-based land administration, tree tenure, benefit sharing and other agro-forestry and climate change mitigation strategies. He interned with IUCN Netherlands later conducted research in Uganda. Kwame holds an MSc. in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and a BSc. in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Indonesia

  • Tri Widjayanti
    National Project Manager for the UNDP Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative

    Tri came to UNDP Green Commodities Programme after a 30-year career with Ministry of Agriculture where she specialized in hosting and managing multi-stakeholder dialogue for cocoa, coffee and palm oil. Throughout her career Tri regularly represented the Indonesian government at global commodity conferences as a delegate and trade negotiation advisor. Tri holds a Masters degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and is a graduate a of the Bogor Agricultural University.

  • Rini Indrayanti
    Platform Manager for Indonesian Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI)

    Rini has more than 15 years of experience in various development programs on sustainable agriculture and post conflict and post disaster recovery. She holds a bachelor degree in management from Hasanuddin University and a master in development practice from the University of Queensland, Australia. Before joining UNDP, Rini was the Executive Director of Cocoa Sustainable Partnership, a multi-stakeholder forum for sustainable cocoa development in Indonesia.

  • Tiurmasari Harahap
    Field Coordinator in Pelalawan

    Tiurmasari leads the work of farmers training and coordination in Pelalawan in Indonesia. Previous to joining UNDP, Tiur was a Field Coordinator working with Musin Mas and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) under IPODS Project in North Sumatra and Riau. She earned her Degree in Farm Studies at Universitas Syiah Kuala (UNSYIAH) Banda Aceh.

Liberia

  • Moses Massah
    Head of the Energy and Environment Portfolio

    Moses heads up the Energy and Environment portfolio at UNDP in Liberia and is principal national focal point for the Good Growth Partnership. He has more than 10 years experience building partnerships for as well as formulating and implementing energy and environment projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in general forestry and a Masters degree in regional planning with and emphasis on environment. As a forester, Moses is especially concerned about commodities as drivers of deforestation.

  • Galah Toto
    National Platform Manager

    Galah brings over 10 years experience in food security, livelihoods, and agricultural planning and extension services in non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam and WeltHungerhlife. Before joining UNDP, Galah led the implementation of programmes related to rural development, climate smart agriculture and agricultural value chain in rural and urban Liberia. Galah holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the Ogbomosho University of Technology, Nigeria.

  • Ronald Cumberbatch
    Project Manager for the Good Growth Partnership

    Ronald is a sustainable development practitioner with over 11 years experience managing complex national and field-based programs and projects for Governments, NGOs and international development organizations. He is specialized in policy development, program management, livelihood development and governance. This included over eight years in-country experience in Guyana, South America and the Caribbean. Ronald has completed post-graduate studies in Environmental Management, Forestry Science and Business development.

Mongolia

  • Shinee Volooj
    Sustainable Cashmere Platform Manager

    Shinee is a sustainable development specialist and textile chemist with 15+ of professional experience in textiles and materials sector. Graduated the Mongolian National University in 1995 with BSc in Chemistry (Hon). In 1995-1997 worked at Gobi Corporation as a colorist and in charge of the Dyeing department. In 1997, enrolled at UMIST, UK, where obtained MPhil by Research degree in 1999; and in 2004 a PhD in Textiles Chemistry (Mongolian and UK government scholarships). In 2004-2008 worked as a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Manchester. Since 2008, a partner/consultant at Gerege Partners, a consultancy firm specialized in financial, economic and policy analysis and research. Key areas of expertise include environmental policy research and analysis, environmentally friendly sustainable processing technologies, supply and value chain analysis and development, local business development of mining impact communities, water recycling/reuse, industrial waste reduction, processing of cashmere, wool, luxury animal fibres, development, management and implementation of technical projects.

Papua New Guinea

  • Mirzohaydar Isoev
    Project Chief Technical Advisor

    Mirzohaydar provides advice to PNG Government counterparts and facilitates and knowledge building activities among stakeholders. Mirzohaydar has over 15 years of environmental conservation experience in the countries of Central Asia, including protected areas management, forest management, climate change and sustainable land management as well as environmental education. During his previous experiences with UNDP, Mirzohaydar managed various projects and focused on partnership building through the establishment of Task Forces for conservation. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership, with particular reference to leadership and management over natural resources from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Master of Science in International Economics from the Technological University of Tajikistan.

  • Sam Moko
    National Palm Oil Platform Coordinator

    Sam has over 15 years experience in the private and public sectors. He worked years for Greenpeace Australia-Pacific as the PNG Forests Campaigner, and worked for two years as the Stakeholder Engagement Officer with the United Nations Development Programme’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project. During this time, he strengthened relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from the private sector, NGOs and government agencies and succeeded in bringing these various actors together to discuss issues and find solutions.

  • Jordan Bulo
    National Palm Oil Platform Technical Specialist

    Jordan has over 9 years experience in the Private and Public Sector. He has in the palm oil industry, mining, environment and climate change, forestry for over 6 years before joining Sub-National Government and National Level Government in Environment and Climate Change. Before joining the PNG Palm Oil Platform, he was engaged as the National Consultant in Multi-Sectoral Interagency Coordination and Planning under the UNDP Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Forestry Science from Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

Paraguay

  • Oscar Ferreiro
    National Platform Coordinator and Chief Technical Advisor

    Oscar has long-standing experience in the public sector, having previously as National Parks and Environment Management Director for the Environment Secretariat Office of Paraguay. He also worked as national coordinator of sustainable projects for the GEF and the European Union and he has also worked extensively with the private sector. Oscar is a graduate and post-graduate university Professor in Environmental Policies and Legislations, Protected National Parks and Management, Evaluation and Audit of Environmental Impact. He is an Engineer in Agronomy with a Master in Natural Resources Management.

  • Amílcar Cazal Echague
    Soy Technical Specialist for the National Soy and Beef Platform

    During his professional career, Amílcar has held various positions within the and public sectors. He consulted with various international cooperation projects and organizations, including: Banco Mundial, Fondos de Donación China, JICA, and the European Commission. Amílcar was also the Director of the Sectoral Programs of Exportation at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Paraguay. He holds qualifications in Agricultural Engineering, with an emphasis on agricultural production.

  • César Meden Peláez
    Technical Specialist for Beef at the National Platform for Soy and Beef

    César had previously worked for the Foundation of Latin American Solidarity and a coordinator and manager for various international programs that support the agricultural production sector. He also consulted with companies such as AGROCON and HP CAMPOS. César studied Agricultural Engineering, with an emphasis on animal production.

  • Celeste Flores
    Executive Assistant at the National Soy and Beef Platform

    Celeste holds university degrees in International Business and Agribusiness. has extensive private sector experience, working with an import company as well as a corporate governance consultancy prior to joining the Green Commodities Programme. In these roles she handled customer service, public relations and event management. She is particularly interested in supporting sustainability in food production supply chain and natural resource management.

  • Marisol Jara Hüttemann
    Communications Assistant

    Marisol supports communications for the Green Production Landscape Project and Chaco Project. She has a Comunication and Advertising degree and she has been an audiovisual producer for the past 10 years, focusing on institutional and social storytelling. With experience as communication manager for NGOs and companies in the private sector, she believes that communication, film and technology are powerful means for social change.

Peru

  • James Leslie
    Technical Advisor on Ecosystems and Climate Change

    James is the Technical Advisor on Ecosystems and Climate Change in the UNDP Country Office, where he is responsible for managing the portfolio focused on sustainable commodities and landscapes, environmental finance and biodiversity conservation. Before joining UNDP, he collaborated with the World Bank, Yale University, the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy in Peru, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mozambique. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in forest governance from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Brown University, USA.

  • Cecilia Huamanchumo
    Coffee Specialist

    With over 15 years experience, Cecilia has a long track record in developing and in project implementation. She also has experience in managing public funds earmarked for strengthening small agricultural businesses, for scientific research, technological development, as well as for advancing innovation. Cecilia held key positions promoting the development of sustainable commodities such as coffee and cocoa in the Peruvian Amazon, and has vast experience and knowledge on issues affecting small and medium size agricultural endeavours in this region.

Philippines

  • Rodolfo Calzado
    National Global Marine Commodity Platform Officer

    Rodolfo is the National Platform Officer for the Global Marine Commodities project in Philippines. Rod holds a MSc. degree in Environmental Science and Ecosystems Management, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the De La Salle University, in Manila, the Philippines. Accumulating over a decade of experience, Rod has served in multiple capacities in both public and international development sectors, with end-to-end experience on the project management life cycle for multi-million-dollar sustainable development and climate change adaptation projects in the Philippines.