Our Team in Pakistan

Mohamed Yahya

Mohamed Yahya

UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan
Mohamed Yahya of Somalia has more than 20 years of experience in development and peacebuilding. Prior to his appointment, he served as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Nigeria, where he oversaw one of UNDP’s largest country portfolios in Africa with presence in five out of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

Before that, he worked as the Coordinator for Africa Regional Programme for the UNDP based in Addis Ababa, where he was responsible for regional development initiatives in support of the African Union and Africa’s Regional Economic Communities. Previously, Mohamed held positions with UNDP as post-conflict recovery specialist supporting UN interventions in Afghanistan and Liberia, as well as coordinator for a UN joint initiative on natural resource management. Before joining the UN, he worked as a senior peacebuilding advisor for the non-governmental organisation International Alert.

Mr. Yahya holds a master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and Development and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).
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.
Carlos Geha

Carlos Geha

Head of Office (ai)
Carlos Geha has been appointed as the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Pakistan (ai) since November 2022. With over 15 years of experience in providing humanitarian assistance in diverse, complex emergency contexts around the world, he has extensive management knowledge in the humanitarian field. He led field work with humanitarian international organizations including; ICRC, WFP and recently OCHA in different emergency contexts in Senegal, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chad, Yemen, Ivory Coast, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya and Syria which has provided him with extensive field experience in humanitarian organizations management.

Prior to his post in Pakistan, he was the Head of Office in OCHA ROMENA (ai) and the Head of Office for OCHA Jordan, where he established OCHA's office in Amman, Jordan at the onset of the Syria crisis and led the coordination and implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2165 for humanitarian activities from Jordan to Southern Syria from 2013 to 2016. Mr. Geha holds a Doctoral Degree in Computer Networking and Statistical Simulation Analysis from the University of Sussex in Brighton. He is a native of Lebanon and speaks French, English, Arabic, and Spanish fluently.
Ms. Coco Ushiyama

Coco Ushiyama

Country Director
Ms. Coco Ushiyama, a Japanese national, recently arrived in Pakistan to serve as the new Representative and Country Director for WFP Pakistan. She has over 28 years of dedicated UN service, mainly with the World Food Programme which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. She possesses extensive expertise in international development, humanitarian response, multi-stakeholder coordination and strategic management. She recently served as WFP's Director of UN Systems and Multilateral Engagement Division in New York and has served in various country offices, including as WFP Representative in Malawi and Indonesia.
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 Luo Dapeng

Dr. Luo Dapeng

Dr Luo Dapeng, a Chinese national, was appointed WHO Representative in Pakistan on 1 February 2024. He was previously the WHO Representative in Afghanistan, where for 3 years he led one of the biggest WHO operations in the country. Dr Luo also served as WHO Representative in Papua New Guinea for about 4 years.

Dr Luo has been working in the field of international public health for more than 24 years. His rich experience spans communicable diseases and prevention and control of emerging diseases; country capacity-building for health security; and health system strengthening, particularly at the primary health care level. He has also led the management of complex emergencies and coordination of humanitarian health response.

Before becoming a country representative, Dr Luo spent 4 years as a team leader in Health Security and Communicable Diseases at the WHO Country Office in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. He also worked for 6 years as a medical officer in the Health Security and Communicable Diseases team of the WHO Country Office in Mongolia.

Other roles he has held with WHO include that of scientist, in the area of malaria and other vector-borne and parasitic diseases, in Papua New Guinea and epidemiologist at WHO headquarters. Before joining WHO, Dr Luo was an advisor with the Asian Development Bank in Indonesia.
Before starting his career in international public health, Dr Luo worked with China’s national malaria control programme, carrying out extensive field work. In this role, he led a field team for Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination in the south of Henan province, China, for over 10 years.

Dr Luo obtained his medical degree from Henan Medical University, China, and trained in medical parasitology and entomology at the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He holds an MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom.
Fernanda Thomaz Da Rocha

Fernanda Thomaz Da Rocha

Country Director
Fernanda Thomaz Da Rocha has been Representative and Country Director for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Pakistan since September 2023.

Ms Thomaz Da Rocha brings over 18 years of experience in finance and implementation of development programmes. She was previously IFAD’s Senior Regional Technical Specialist in Rural Institutions and Farmers’ Organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, leading the design and technical assistance of investment projects in the region. Prior to joining IFAD in 2020, she worked for 15 years at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) where she served as senior manager in different divisions. As manager of the social fund of BNDES, she was responsible for financing programmes and projects for rural development and poverty reduction in Brazil. She has extensive experience in the development of country strategies and the design and implementation of poverty alleviation programmes in poor and climate change-affected areas. A national of Brazil, Ms Thomaz Da Rocha holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, USA.
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.
Geir Thomas TONSTOL

Geir Thomas TONSTOL

Mr Geir Thomas TONSTOL, a Norwegian national, was appointed Director of the ILO Country Office for Pakistan (CO-Islamabad), on 3 January 2023.
Mr Tonstol joined the ILO in 2003 and has held several positions both at ILO headquarters and in the field.

He comes to Pakistan from the position as Senior Administrator in the office of the ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, a position he held since 2016. Prior to that, Mr Tonstol served as Resource Mobilization Specialist and Operations Specialist in the ILO’s Regional Office for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He started his ILO career in the Bureau for Gender Equality, where he managed a portfolio of development cooperation projects as Chief Technical Advisor.
From April to October 2022, Mr Tonstol served on the Transition Team of the newly-elected ILO Director-General.

Mr Tonstol holds an MPhil degree in Gender and Development and an MA degree in Development Administration and Management.

He is married and has a daughter.
Irshad Ali

Irshad Ali

PMU Lead
Irshad Ali, the International Trade Centre's (ITC) representative in Pakistan, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience across diverse sectors, including the oil and gas industry, education, health, and gender-focused programs. He key expertise include program management, trade, value chains, and access to finance with a focus on climate change. His leadership extends to managing government relations, donor coordination, and engaging civil society and the private sector. His extensive work across Pakistan, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean enriches his understanding of global and local development challenges. Irshad excels in managing government relations, donor coordination, and engagements with civil society and the private sector. His expertise spans monitoring and evaluation, climate change, poverty alleviation, and enhancing gender sensitivity within programs. Before joining ITC, Irshad worked on key roles covering programme support, corporate social responsibility, monitoring and evaluation, and project management. As a prominent member of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Pakistan, Irshad’s strategic approach and capacity for fostering collaborative efforts are pivotal in driving national and international development objectives forward.
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.
Jennifer Ankrom-Khan

Jennifer Ankrom-Khan

Country Manager
Jennifer Ankrom-Khan has lived and worked in Pakistan for over 14 years. Her primary roles to date have been within civil society, starting her work with a local organisation and more recently working with various INGOs. Her most recent tenure was as Country Director for Action Against Hunger in Pakistan. As part of this role, she was a founding member of READY Pakistan (the local branch of the Start Network) and took on leadership roles within the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, most notably with regard to their work on regulation. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in International Relations. She resumed her role with UNOPS on January 6, 2023.
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.
Mr. Kar Hung Antony Tam

Kar Hung Antony Tam

Mr. Kar Hung Antony Tam, a Chinese national, is currently the officer-in-charge of the UNESCO Office in Pakistan. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Education of UNESCO Kabul Office, overseeing education initiatives on education planning and monitoring, SDG4 coordination and reporting, literacy and skills development, flexible learning modalities, community engagement, and quality of education. Antony worked with UNESCO Myanmar Project Office as the Senior Project Officer to lead teacher education programmes, including policy and framework formulation, curriculum development, capacity strengthening of Government officials, ICT in education and mainstreaming inclusion, equity and education for peace and sustainable development. Prior to that, he was with UNESCO Bangkok Office contributing to the education 2030 agenda development in Asia and the Pacific. Before joining UNESCO, he was an Assistant Secretary of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in policy formulation, legislation, and public consultation.

Antony holds a master’s degree in international comparative education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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.
Philippa Candler

Philippa Candler

Ms. Candler’s career with UNHCR spans 30 years, starting in Canberra, Australia, with subsequent assignments in Mozambique, Indonesia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, Belgium, and at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. Ms. Candler has held several functions, mostly in refugee protection, and more recently as Representative in Angola, in Iraq, and in Panama’s Multi-Country Office before being assigned to Pakistan.

Ms. Candler graduated with an LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS), University of London, and subsequently completed an LLM in Law and Development.

She speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, and aspires to learn Arabic.
Samuel Rizk

Samuel Rizk

Resident Representative
Samuel Rizk assumed the position of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in July 2023. Prior to his appointment in Pakistan, Samuel Rizk served as Head of Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) at the UNDP Crisis Bureau in New York.

He has also served as the Manager of the UNDP/RBAS Sub-Regional Response Facility (SRF) based in Amman, Jordan, supporting the organization’s regional response to the crisis in Syria. From July 2015 to October 2017, Samuel was the UNDP Country Director in Syria, and before that, he served as Senior Programme Advisor with the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York. Samuel also served as Peace and Development Advisor in Sudan and Conflict Prevention Advisor in Yemen for the UN System.

Samuel holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (2012), an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo (AUC), and a BA in Political Science from Hanover College (Indiana, USA).
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.
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. ‎
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.
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.‎