Our Team in Pakistan

Julien Harneis

Julien Harneis

UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan
Mr Harneis brings 31 years of experience in development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and management. He was previously Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), before which he served as Head of Office for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, UNICEF Representative in Yemen and Guinea, as well as humanitarian positions in the DRC, Lebanon and Indonesia. Before joining the United Nations, he worked in the private sector. Mr Harneis has a Master of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in France.
Abdullah Fadil

Abdullah Fadil

Mr. Fadil brings over 25 years of dedicated and passionate experience in international development and humanitarian relief, strategic management, peace-making and peacebuilding, public policy and administration and advocacy work. He previously served as UNICEF Representative in Sudan; Director of the UN Humanitarian Monitoring Mechanism for Syria; Deputy Head of Mission and Chief of Staff for the Joint Mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Syria. He also served with UNTSO, UNMIS, ICAO, UNAMID, DPKO, UNMIK, OSCE. Mr. Fadil holds two Master of Science degrees, one in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and one in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics. More importantly, he is a husband and a father of two girls and two boys.
UNDSS Chief Security Advisor in Pakistan

Catherine Mackenzie

Chief Security Advisor
Ms Mackenzie began serving as the Chief Security Advisor, Pakistan in October 2020. She has previously worked for UNDSS in South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho & Namibia; Kenya & Somalia; Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados & the OECS Islands. Before that, she worked for UNDSS at the HQ level as the Chief of Mobile Training Unit and Crisis Coordination Centre. Her first role in the UN was as the Assistant Chief of the Security and Safety Service in New York. Ms Mackenzie holds an MBA (speciality: Adult Education) and also a Master of Aviation Management (speciality: safety and security).
Ms. Choice Ufuoma Okoro;

Choice Ufuoma Okoro

Head of Office
Ms. Choice Ufuoma Okoro brings over 20 years of experience leading the humanitarian and ‎development work of the United Nations in Africa and Civil Society Groups/NGOs in Canada. She is ‎renowned in the international humanitarian community for high level successes in negotiating ‎international humanitarian action with national priorities.‎
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Prior to her appointment as Head of Office at United Nations Office for the Coordination of ‎Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Pakistan, Ms. Okoro was the Head of UN OCHA Strategic ‎Communications Unit in Ethiopia. She also served as the Head of the UN Humanitarian Advisory ‎Team in Nigeria. Ms. Okoro also served as Head of Advocacy and Outreach for OCHA Kenya and ‎OCHA in Eastern Africa and led the United Nations support to the African Union Commission to ‎develop the unprecedented Pastoralist Policy Framework for Africa. While in Kenya, she chaired the ‎In-Country-Network for the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).‎
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Prior to her roles as Human Rights and Peace Building in Canada, Ms. Okoro worked in peace ‎building in Africa. Ms. Okoro holds a Master’s degree in Communications and Media Studies.

chris kaye

Chris Kaye

Country Director
Mr Kaye's career in the UN system began in 1992. Before he was appointed WFP Representative to Pakistan in March 2020, he notably served as the Director of the Government Partnerships Division at WFP HQ in Rome (2016-2020) and as the Director of Performance Management and Monitoring ( 2010- 2016). Between 2006 and 2010, he was the Country Director and Representative in Myanmar. Mr Kaye holds a BA (Hons) in Business Administration and a Masters (MSC) in International Relations from Bristol University in the UK.

Dr. Luay Shabaneh

Dr. Luay Shabaneh

Dr. Luay Shabaneh is the Representative of UNFPA Pakistan. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Regional Director of UNFPA for the Arab States since 2016.

A native of Palestine, Dr. Luay has held several high-profile national and international public service positions over the last two decades in official statistics, population census, population and development, monitoring and evaluation, programme management and advocacy within the UN System, in government and in the multilateral arena.

He served as chief statistician of Palestine from 2005 until he started his UN career in 2009 with both UNDP/UNCT and UNFPA in Iraq, and the Regional Office for Arab States since 2015 as the Regional Adviser for Population Data and Policies in ASRO. Within the Arab region, he served as chair or member of several regional professional and research committees, including the Statistical Committee of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the Arab regional statistical forum and the board of the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics. Dr. Luay started his professional career at Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics where he worked from 1994 to 2005 and was appointed President.

Dr. Luay holds a PhD in Applied Social Statistics from Lancaster University, UK, a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Jordan and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Baghdad University.
Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala

Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala

Dr Palitha Mahipala was appointed as WHO Head of mission in Pakistan in April 2019. He has diversified experience in the fields of family planning, health and population services, community health development, IDPs care and rehabilitation, primary eye health, hospital development, administration and management. He was a member of many advisory committees, medical boards, foundations, councils and associations and has many publications to his credit. Dr Mahipala graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1983. He is also a specialist in medical administration and qualified in the fields of public health, management, business administration and developmental economics.
Ms. Florence Rolle

Florence Rolle

Representative in Pakistan
Before her appointment as FAO Representative in Pakistan, Ms Florence Rolle was the FAO Representative in Morocco from 2018 to 2021 and in Malawi from 2013 to 2018.

Ms. Rolle possess French nationality. She holds a Masters in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Policy from Wye College in London, United Kingdom, and graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon in Paris, France. She also holds an equivalent Masters on water and forest engineering from the National School of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests in Paris, France.
Hubert Boirard

Hubert Boirard

Country Programme Director
Before this position, Hubert Boirard worked as Country Director in the Asia and Pacific Division for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and in the Western and Central Africa division as Country Programme Manager for Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Chad and the Central African Republic. Before joining IFAD, Mr Boirard managed for five years a consulting firm; worked for an agri-business private company in Gabon and started his career with international NGO in rural development in several African countries and Ecuador. Mr Boirard is an engineer. He is specialised in Tropical Agriculture with a Master in Enterprise Management
Jawed Ali Khan

Jawed Ali Khan

Programme Manager
Mr Jawed Ali Khan is an Urban, Environment and Climate Change specialist by profession. He has been heading the UN-Habitat Programme in Pakistan since 2017. Mr Khan has over 30 years of experience in the areas of urban, environmental and climate change. Before joining UN-Habitat Pakistan, he served in the Government of Pakistan, starting as an Urban Planner in 1986 and retiring as Director General, Ministry of Climate Change in 2013. After that, he remained associated with UNEP as National Coordinator for Sustainable Consumption and Production, National Expert on Climate Change Mitigation and National Expert for UN-Habitat in preparation of Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptive Assessment Report on Islamabad and National Report of Pakistan for United Nations HABITAT III Conference.
Jeremy Milsom

Jeremy Milsom

Mr Milsom has been working with UNODC since 1996, managing a broad range of programmes covering counter-narcotics, alternative development, national capacity building and drug demand reduction in challenging and complex environments. He notably served in South East Asia, West and Central Asia, and the Pacific Islands region. Before taking up the overall coordination of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and neighbouring countries, a role he has held since 2013, he managed the counter-narcotics pillar in the Country Office in Afghanistan, with a focus on national capacity building, policy development and alternative livelihoods. Mr Milsom holds a BA (Hons) and BSc degrees in Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences respectively from the Australian National University. He later attained a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Melbourne (Australia) with research that focused on the interrelationship between drug control, security and development.
Knut Ostby

Knut Ostby

Resident Representative
Knut Ostby took up his position as Resident Representative of UNDP Pakistan in January 2021. Prior to his appointment in Pakistan, Knut Ostby served as Director a.i. at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre since February 2020. He has also served as a United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for 14 years in countries including Pakistan, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Fiji (multi-country office), and Iran.
Mio Sato

Mio Sato ‎

Chief of Mission‎
Ms. Mio Sato joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Pakistan office in October ‎‎2020. She has worked in IOM offices since 2001 in Kenya, Belgium, Indonesia, Iraq (based in Jordan), ‎Afghanistan and Japan. Prior to joining IOM, she worked with the Consulate General of Japan in Los ‎Angeles (1994-96) and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) (1997-2001). She also worked ‎at the Japan Platform (JPF) Secretariat in 2005 and she took a position of Programme Advisor at the ‎PKO secretariat of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan in 2011. She graduated from ‎International Christian University (B.A in Liberal Arts, 1992) in Tokyo, Japan and did post-graduate ‎studies at Graduate School of Public Administration, International Christian University (M.A in Public ‎Affairs, 1997).‎
Nadia Aftab

Nadia Aftab

Ms Aftab has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, programme development, result-based management, technical advisory and institutional capacity building. She joined UNIDO in year 2008 and since then have been holding various key positions within the organisation.

Noriko Yoshida

UNHCR Representative in Pakistan
Ms. Noriko Yoshida joined UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency as it's Representative in Pakistan in May 2020. Ms. Yoshida’s career with UNHCR spans nearly 30 years, with extensive leadership experience in a range of roles at UNHCR’s Headquarters and in the field. Before taking up her assignment in Pakistan, she served as UNHCR Representative in Sudan. She holds a graduate degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in the United States.

Shah Nasir Khan

Shah Nasir Khan

Head of Office
Mr. Shah Nasir Khan has more than 17 years of extensive experience in strategic planning, research and development, policy and programming, strategic management, disaster risk reduction & climate change adaptation, technical advisory and institutional capacity strengthening. He is serving as Head of UN Resident Coordinator’s Office & Senior Strategic Planner for the UN system in Pakistan since October 2019. Prior to it, he led the Policy, Programme and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Unit at UN WFP.

Mr. Khan served as Advisor to the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Housing, Disaster Risk and Climate Change Management, and managed various post-militancy and flood compensation and social protection programmes. He developed the both the comprehensive 5-year Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Road Maps for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2014 and the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy in 2015.

He is visiting faculty to the National School of Public Policy, Civil Services Academy, Provincial Civil Services Academy, Military College of Engineering and University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar; lecturing on Development Policy, Strategic Management, SDGs Implementation, Climate Change and integrating Disaster Risk Reduction & CCA into Development Planning. He has diverse experience of serving in the UN on various positions and assignments in various countries.

Mr. Khan is a Civil Engineer specializing in Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change. He also holds a Masters Degree in Political Science. He is Fellow DANIDA/ Department of DRM University of Copenhagen and Pak-US Leadership Programme (IVLP) Alumni.
Shahzad Hassan

Shahzad Hassan

Shahzad Hassan is bringing valuable 23 years progressive experience of working in 8 countries of Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa & Southern Africa as Finance, Audit, Compliance & Support Services Specialist.

He has Bachelor of Science degree from University of Punjab. He is FPA fellow member of Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountant. He is an Associate member of Institute of Certified Public Accountant UK ACPA-UK. He is Finalist of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. He received certificate in Grants Management from USA.

He started his career as finance professional however, to pursue his passion to bring everlasting better change in the lives of vulnerable children & humanity; he began his career in development sector from year 2000 and served five years in different positions in Pakistan.
He started his international career from 2005 when he joined as Deputy Country Director (Finance & Support Services) in Save the Children UK Sudan Khartoum and spent 2 years there. He worked 3 years in Maputo, Mozambique as Director Finance & Grants in Save the Children USA. Where he took lead in merging finances of three big organizations. In 2010, Shahzad joined Red Barna Norway in Harare, Zimbabwe as Director Finance & Support Services where he did restructuring finance and support services departments and developed new support services policies and procedures. He moved on with Save the Children International in Lusaka Zambia for 3 years as Director Support Services. His last international assignment was with Save the Children International in Lilongwe Malawi where he served last two years as Director Finance & IT. Finally he returned Pakistan and joined UNOPS as Support Services Manager in 2019
He is bringing 17 years of senior management experience of dealing with planning , Policies review and analysis, resource allocation, financial management, grants management, HR, administration and Logistic management in emergencies & development field.

Ms. Sharmeela Rassool, Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan ‎

Sharmeela Rassool‎

UN Women
Country Representative
UN Women Pakistan’s Country Representative Ms. Sharmeela Rasool is an Attorney-at-Law of the ‎Supreme Court in Sri Lanka and holds a Masters in Intentional Human Rights Law (LLM), a Post Attorney ‎Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, a Post Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration and an ‎Honours Degree in Biochemistry. Before joining UN Women in Pakistan in September 2020, Ms. ‎Sharmeela was working with UNDP Bangladesh as the Chief Technical Adviser for the Human Rights ‎Programme. She has served on a number of leadership positions throughout her career including ‎working as Chief Technical Adviser, Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme with UNDP Lao PDR, ‎UNDP Pakistan as the Chief Technical Adviser (Justice) and Provincial Representative Khyber ‎Pakhtunkhwa, UNDP Sri Lanka as the Programme Manager (Equal Access to Justice Programme), ‎Programme Officer with the Asia Foundation, and Head of the Human Rights Bureau at the Legal Aid ‎Commission of Sri Lanka. ‎
Tomas Stenstrom

Tomas Stenstrom

Mr. Tomas Stenstrom recently took up the position of Senior Specialist on Employment Intensive Investments (EIIP) for South Asia, based in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) in New Delhi. He provides technical advisory services to seven countries in the sub-region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Before joining the DWT, he was the Chief Technical Advisor for EIIP Lebanon, ILO’s flagship programme in Lebanon in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Work included job creation strategies for Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities through development of basic
infrastructure, promoting local resource-based technologies and decent work principles, training and contracting of local construction companies. Stenstrom joined the ILO in 1997, taking up a position Zimbabwe, where he provided advisory support, information services and training on employment intensive investment strategies to projects and governments in Southern and Eastern Africa. Following more than 10 years in Africa Stenstrom moved to Timor-Leste where he held several senior positions with the ILO, including Chief Technical Advisor for a large EIIP project, and eventually taking on the role as Head of Mission until moving to Lebanon in 2017.

As Timor-Leste Head of Mission Stenstrom represented the ILO in the United Nations Country Team and maintained relations with senior government officials and development partners. In his role as Head of Mission, Stenstrom oversaw the development and launch of Timor-Leste’s 2nd Decent Work Country Programme, important work on the National Social Protection Strategy, the National Action Plan for Child Labour and the National Employment Strategy.
Prior to joining the ILO, Stenstrom worked with the Swedish National Roads Administration as a road design engineer where important work included design of Malmö - Copenhagen land connections and ring-road around Malmö City.

Stenstrom has a Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering from the University of Lund in Sweden.
Waseem Ashraf

Waseem Ashraf

UNV Country Coordinator
Mr Ashraf joined UNV as Country Coordinator in July 2018. He was already serving UNV in Pakistan as Acting Programme Officer since 2009. He briefly served at UNV HQ working for its Peace Division in 2013 covering DR Congo, Sudan, Algeria and Western Sahara. Before joining UNV, Mr Ashraf worked with UN-Habitat Pakistan as well as a UNDP project. He has earned a degree in computer science and another degree in mass communication.
Youssef Filali-Meknassi

Youssef Filali-Meknassi

Representative and Director
Mr. Youssef Filali-Meknassi is a Water expert with 25+ years of experience in research & nternational project management, of which 15 years in policy advise and intergovernmental processes within the UN system - Proven intellectual, managerial and technical leadership - Demonstrated experience in programme and project development, leading to successful resources mobilization and partnerships: responsible for the development and execution of $45M+ of activities - Champion for innovation, science and technology, particularly Open Science and Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) - Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Before joining UNESCO Islamabad office, Mr. Youssefi was the Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France) and after that, UNESCO Regional Director and Representative to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela (Ecuador).
Ms. Yuki Takemoto

Yuki Takemoto

UNAIDS Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan
Ms Yuki Takemoto joins the United Nations in Pakistan as Country Director for ‎UNAIDS. She brings over twenty years of experience in development ‎cooperation, including fifteen years leading policy, programmes and strategic ‎partnerships for health, gender equality and human rights through multiple UN ‎agencies and UN interagency coordination mechanisms in Asia-Pacific, Latin ‎America and Europe. She has also worked for the Japanese Foreign Service ‎and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.‎

Ms Takemoto holds a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Laws.‎