Speakers: High-Level Plenary Opening Session
17 JANUARY 2017, 10:00 – 12:00

Yury Fedotov, Director-General of UNOV, Executive Director of UNODC
Yury Fedotov has served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) since 9 July 2010. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.As Executive Director of UNODC, Mr. Fedotov is closely involved in promoting the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, which is managed by UNODC, as well as the Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking.Prior to becoming Director-General/Executive Director of UNOV/UNODC, Mr. Fedotov served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Court of St. James’s in London for five years. Before that, from 2002 to 2005, he was the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for International Organizations.Mr. Fedotov started his foreign service in 1972 as a member of the USSR delegation to the United Nations Disarmament Committee in Geneva. He subsequently took up a number of diplomatic assignments in Moscow, as well as at the Embassies in Algeria and India. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), speaks fluent English and French and has a basic knowledge of German.

Yukiya Amano, Director General, IAEA
Yukiya Amano served as Chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors from September 2005 to September 2006. He was Japan’s Resident Representative to the Agency from 2005 until his election as Director General in July 2009. He assumed his duties as IAEA Director General on 1 December 2009. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues. At the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Mr. Amano was Director-General for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department from 2002 until 2005. He previously served as a governmental expert on the UN Panel on Missiles and on the UN Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. Mr. Amano contributed to the 1995, 2000 and 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conferences, and he chaired the 2007 Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference. A graduate of the Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Mr. Amano joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in April 1972, when he began a series of international postings in Belgium, France, Laos, Switzerland, and the United States.

Lassina Zebro, Executive Secretary, CTBTO
Lassina Zerbo assumed his position as Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on 1 August 2013. He previously served as Director of the organization’s International Data Centre (IDC). He is a national of Burkina Faso. Mr. Zerbo has been instrumental in cementing the CTBTO’s position as the world’s centre of excellence for nuclear test-ban verification, as well as in driving forward efforts towards the entry into force and universalization of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). His international career started with a position as research geophysicist with BHP Minerals International. He subsequently worked as project geophysicist for the company’s Africa programmes, based in Virginia, USA, and provided technical expertise to all its airborne electromagnetics projects. Upon joining Anglo American Exploration in 1995, Zerbo assumed the role of Divisional Principal Geophysicist for Africa while supervising research and development projects for most of the company’s projects in Africa, Asia and Australia. In this role, he managed all Africa operations through projects across the continent. Mr. Zerbo obtained a PhD in Geophysics from the Université de Paris XI, France, in 1993.

Simonetta di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA
Simonetta Di Pippo is an astrophysicist and the current Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), where she leads the Office’s strategies, policies and activities, ensuring that they are implemented in accordance with the mandates of the General Assembly, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and the established policies of the United Nations. Ms. Di Pippo advises the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director-General of UNOV and provides expertise on matters relating to the peaceful uses of outer space, and the use of space science and technology for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. In 2009, Ms. Di Pippo co-founded the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) association, which aims to expand the representation and leadership of women in the aerospace sector. She is a member of the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) and a member of the WEF Global Future Council on space technologies. She is an Academician at the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) as well as a member of the board of trustees. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) named asteroid 21887 “dipippo” as a recognition of her contribution to space exploration.  Ms. Di Pippo holds a Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.

Fatou Haidara, Managing Director, Policy and Programme Support (PPS), Director ad Interim of Human Resources Management, UNIDO
Fatou Haidara is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction and goals of PPS in line with organizational objectives. She provides leadership and effective and efficient management for all services and activities of PPS and assists the Director General in promoting cooperation, coherence and partnership with other organizations. Fatou Haidara is also interim Director of the Human Resources Management Department and is responsible for the strategic management and leadership of the Organization’s human capital. Before joining UNIDO, she served the Government of Mali in several ministerial positions for eight years, covering youth employment, vocational training, industry, trade and private sector development.  In these capacities, she participated actively in strategic negotiations between the Government of Mali and Bretton Woods institutions, as well as other development partners. She led many ministerial delegations to international forums, in particular the first World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Seattle. Since 2006, she has held the title of “Commandeur de l’ordre National du Mali“, awarded by the President of the Republic of Mali.

Petra Bayr, Member of the Austrian Parliament for the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ)
Petra Bayr started her political career when she was 16 years old in the Austrian Trade Union for Private Employees. Henceforth, she dedicated her professional life to her political beliefs and became an activist at the SPÖ in Vienna’s district Favoriten. Throughout her career, she has always been a strong advocate for the rights of women, LGBT and minorities. Bayr founded the Austrian platform to end female genital mutilation (stop FGM), she is Deputy Chair of the SPÖ Women’s Organisation in Vienna, a member of the board of trustees of Legal Committee Lambda, Austria’s LGBT rights organisation, and a member of the Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal and Child Health of the IPU (Inter Parliamentarian Union). Amongst her multiple engagements, she is a board member and treasurer of the association Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Most recently, Bayr became a member of the governing council of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA International).


Expert Panel

17 JANUARY 2017 13:30 – 15:45

CHAIR: H.E. Bente Angell-Hansen, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in Vienna
Bente Angell-Hansen serves as Ambassador and the Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations (Vienna). Prior to this post, Ambassador Angell-Hansen served as Secretary General of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Norwegian Ambassador to Hungary and Director General at the Department of International Affairs in the Norwegian Office of the Prime Minister, amongst other distinguished posts. She holds a degree in Social Sciences: areas of study have included political science, international politics, French, and public law from the University of Oslo.

Mary Alice Hayward, Deputy Director General, Head of Management Department, IAEA
Mary Alice Hayward is Deputy Director General and Head of the Management Department in the International Atomic Energy Agency. Prior to joining the IAEA in January 2017, Ms. Hayward held a number of high level positions in the private sector and US Government, including most recently, as Vice President for Strategy, Government and International Affairs at Areva. In the US Government, she has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation and Negotiations in the State Department, Director for Counterproliferation on the National Security Council in the White House, and Senior Policy Advisor for National Security in the Department of Energy. She has over twenty years of experience in nuclear issues including energy, non-proliferation and nuclear security, and has been appointed to several advisory committees for government and industry in the nuclear field. She holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and foreign languages.

Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, UNODC
Mr. Lemahieu was nominated as Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs as of 1 December 2013 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Before taking up his position in Vienna, he served for extended periods in countries challenged by political economies heavily depending on narco cultivation such as Afghanistan and Myanmar, and transit regions such as the Caribbean and Central Asia. His first appointment with the United Nations dates from 1990, as a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Junior Professional Officer assigned to the Republic of Korea. He also worked briefly for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) before finally joining UNODC (then UNDCP) in 1994. He brings twenty years of hands-on field experience with him. Mr. Lemahieu is a licensed Jurist with a Postgraduate Degree in International Law.

Niklas Hedman, Chief of the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section, UNOOSA
Niklas Hedman is Chief of the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA). He serves as Secretary of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and Legal Subcommittee. Furthermore, he is Secretary of the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities (UN-Space), which is the central coordination mechanism for space-related activities in the United Nations system. Mr. Hedman is responsible for OOSA capacity-building activities in space law and policy. Before joining the United Nations in 2006, he worked in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, particularly in the areas of ocean affairs and law of the sea; space law and space policy; as well as disarmament and non-proliferation, including PAROS and The Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC). He is a member of the International Space Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA), International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

Timothy Lemay, Principal Legal Officer, UNICITRAL
Timothy Lemay is Principal Legal Officer and Head of the Legislative Branch of the International Trade Law Division / Office of Legal Affairs, the Secretariat of UNCITRAL (the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) based in Vienna.  He has also served as Secretary of UNCITRAL’s Working Group III (Online Dispute Resolution).  Before joining UNCITRAL in July 2009, he served as Chief of the Governance, Human Security and Rule of Law Section of UNODC (the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), prior to which he was Chief of UNODC’s Global Programme against Money Laundering.  Mr. Lemay joined the UN in 1995 following a career as a lawyer in Canada in private practice, with the Attorney General of Nova Scotia and latterly with Canada’s Department of Justice in Toronto.  He is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and a member of the International Bar Association as well as several bar associations in Canada.

Stephen Browne, ACUNS Board Member; Co-director, FUNDS; Senior Fellow, CUNY
Stephen Browne is founder and co-director of the Future United Nations Development System (FUNDS) project, Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York, and visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He worked for the United Nations for more than 30 years and was UN Representative in newly-independent Ukraine and in Rwanda. From 2006 until 2009, he was Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva. He has written eight books on the UN, aid and development including SDGs and UN Goal-Setting (London: Routledge) (forthcoming); Post-2015 UN Development (London, Routledge, 2014); UNDP and the UN Development System (London, Routledge, 2011); Aid and Influence: Do Donors Help or Hinder? (London, Earthscan, 2006).

H.E. Ugljesa (Ugi) Zvekić, Professor, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Rome Tre and LUISS, Italy; Senior Advisor, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Ambassador Ugljesa Zvekić is a Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, Rome Tre and LUISS, Italy; Senior Advisor, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Prior to his current profession, Dr. Zvekić was an Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. He also worked in the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research in Belgrade from 1976 to 1984 when he joined the United Nations Crime and Drugs Programme. Until 1999, he was a Deputy Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) based in Italy. From 1999 to 2004 he headed the anti-crime programme of the United Nations regional office for Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa. Until his retirement from the United Nations in September 2009, he was in charge of the Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. Ambassador Zvekić has a law degree and a PhD in sociology.

Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Director of Programmes of Small Arms Survey (SAS)
Dr. Anna Alvazzi del Frate is the Director of Programmes of Small Arms Survey (SAS), a project of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining SAS, she spent more than twenty years working for the United Nations, at UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) in Vienna, and previously at UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute), in Italy and in Angola. She also worked as a researcher and lecturer in sociology of law and criminology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. A specialist in the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, her research interests include firearm violence, crime and violence prevention, monitoring and evaluation, with particular attention to gender aspects. Dr. Alvazzi del Frate holds a Doctorate in Criminology from the University of Bologna, Italy. Author of numerous articles and books, she is a member of the EU Group of Experts on the Policy Needs for Data on Crime, the World Society of Victimology, the European Society of Criminology and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS).

Expert Panel

18 JANUARY 2017, 9:00-11:00

Chair: Laura Rockwood, Executive Director, VCDNP 

Laura Rockwood was appointed as Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) in June 2015. She was most recently a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Belfer Center Managing the Atom Project. Ms. Rockwood retired in November 2013 from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs, where she had served since 1985. Prior to working for the IAEA, she was employed by the US Department of Energy as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases, and as counsel in general legal matters. Ms. Rockwood received a Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Washington DC Bar Association. Rockwood’s main research areas are IAEA safeguards, nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament verification, education and training in nuclear non-proliferation and IAEA safeguards. In July 2012, Ms Rockwood was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), which is awarded for long-term noteworthy accomplishments in, and service to the nuclear materials management profession.

Ludovico Alcorta, Director of Policy, Research and Statistics Department, UNIDO
Ludovico Alcorta is Director of the Policy, Research and Statistics Department of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Previously, he served as Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation and as Associate Dean for Research at the Maastricht School of Management. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for New Technologies, UN University and worked as an Economist for Latin America at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). He has performed consultancy work for the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and for the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Mr. Alcorta is also an Affiliated Professor at the Dusseldorf Business School, Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima and University of Maastricht. He has published extensively in the areas of new technologies, innovation and development, including in journals such as World Development, European Journal of Development Research, Research Policy, Industry and Innovation as well as in China’s Economic Research Journal. He holds a Bachelor and Master in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, as well as a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and a PhD, both from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Ana Raffo-Caiado, Director of the Division of Programme Support and Coordination, Department of Technical Cooperation, IAEA
Ana Claudia Raffo Caiado holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters in International Relations and Business Administration. Before joining the IAEA in 2013, she worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States. For 10 years she supported the U.S. DOE, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Nuclear Safeguards and Engagement Program (INSEP). She served as INSEP’s Regional Leader for South America managing technical cooperation programmes, and also provided support to other DOE foreign collaboration programmes. She started her career in 1990 at the Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission as Advisor to the President for International Relations and as Technical Cooperation Manager. She moved to the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) in 1992 as International Relations Officer, a post she held for eleven years. She has published extensively on non-proliferation, international safeguards, state systems of accounting and control of nuclear materials, and technical cooperation.

Patrick Grenard, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, CTBTO

Patrick Grenard is Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) where he is in charge of programme and technical coordination.  During his assignment to the CTBTO from 1998 to 2005, Grenard was involved in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the International Monitoring System (IMS), a worldwide network of observational technology that monitors the Earth, oceans and atmosphere for nuclear explosions. From 2008 to 2013, he was in charge of the IMS Engineering and Development programme where he led the construction of the IMS network and the development of seismic, hydro-acoustic, infrasound and radionuclide monitoring technologies. Grenard has over 25 years of experience in systems engineering and specializes in underwater acoustics. As an officer and engineer in the French Ministry of Defence, he held various positions in the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service from 1989 to 1997 and at the Technical Centre for Naval Systems from 2006 to 2008, covering the design, operation, testing and evaluation of scientific instrumentation and complex systems in oceanography, geophysics, and underwater warfare.

Justice Tettey, Chief of Laboratory and Scientific Section, UNODC
Dr. Tettey joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2008 as Chief of the Laboratory and Scientific Section, Division of Policy Analysis. The section is responsible for the implementation of the office’s Global Scientific and Forensic Services Programme and the Global Synthetic Drugs Monitoring Analysis Reporting and Trends (SMART) Programme and has led the UNODC response to the NPS issue, including through monitoring and trend analysis using its Global Early Warning Advisory, and provision of technical support to the forensic and law enforcement communities. Dr. Tettey holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Following completion of Glaxo-Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, he joined the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and led research in addition to teaching. Dr. Tettey is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry of the UK; Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana.

Jorge Del Rio Vera, Scientific Affairs Officer (Space Technology), Space Applications Section, UNOOSA

Jorge Del Rio Vera is a telecommunication engineer and has a PhD in earth observation using satellites. He started his career in the Physical Oceanography Group of the University of Malaga where he used earth observation to study the Mediterranean Sea. During this period, he had research stays at the Colorado State University, the University of British Columbia and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, which gave him better insights into how satellites and techniques needed to process their data are used. Later, he joined the European Space Agency, working on Envisat, the largest earth observation satellite ever built, and Copernicus, the biggest European earth observation programme. He has also worked for the NATO Underwater Research Centre applying space knowledge to underwater systems and the European Maritime Safety Agency using satellites to identify polluting ships. Then, he moved to the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, the European agency in charge of the exploitation of Galileo, the European global navigation satellite system, where he worked setting up the operations of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre until he joined the Office for Outer Space Affairs in the United Nations (UNOOSA), promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

Expert Panel

19 JANUARY 2017 14:15-15:45

Chair: Walther Lichem, Former Austrian Ambassador, and Second Vice-Chair, Inter Press Service International Association
Dr. Walther Lichem started his professional career in the United Nations Secretariat in New York in the field of international water resources. UN development cooperation missions led him to Ethiopia, Argentina and to the Senegal River Development Organization in Dakar. After joining the Austrian Foreign Service in 1974, he served as Consul General in Ljubljana, Slovenia and as Ambassador to Chile and to Canada. He has held various positions in international institutions including Chairman of the European Training Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, and President of the Inter Press Service. Lichem is co-author of the UN-Habitat/PDHRE report on human rights cities. His contributions to international conferences include serving as coordinator of the first East-West conferences on Human Rights (Ottawa 1985) and on culture (Budapest (1985), as Rapporteur on Human Rights, Democracy and Development at the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights (1993). He served as host to the first meeting of the International Panel on the Dialogue among Civilizations and to a high-level meeting on that topic with the UN Secretary-General. His teaching assignments included the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna (1989-1993) and the International Peace Academy Seminars on UN peace-keeping. From 2005 – 2006 he taught as a visiting professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Stephan Sicars, Director of Department of Environment, UNIDO

Stephan Sicars holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hanover University with specialization in energy and process engineering. He worked in the Research Center for Refrigeration and Heat Pumps in Germany, the final two years as the Center’s technical director. He was a consultant for eight years, providing technical expertise, implementation and policy advice services related to environmental issues; at the same time, he undertook a number of research projects. He was coordinating lead author for IPCC and received the US-EPA Ozone Award. He was a Senior Programme Officer with the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer for ten years. In June 2014, he became Director of the then Montreal Protocol Branch of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and, in February 2015, he was appointed Director of the Department of Environment at UNIDO. Through the implementation of projects, the Department of Environment of UNIDO covers areas such as circular economy including cleaner production, resource efficiency, recycling and e-waste along with issues pertaining to sustainable access of industries to water, in particular regarding increasing climate change, the management of persistent organic pollutants as well as mercury, emission reduction of non-CO2 climate gases and the phase-out of ozone depleting substances.

Harald Egerer, Head of UNEP Vienna and Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention

Harald Egerer is the Head of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Vienna SCC Office since 2004 and acts as the Secretary of the Carpathian Convention on behalf of the UNEP. He graduated in Law from the University of Vienna. Mr. Egerer worked as an environmental reporter for the Austrian Press Agency and in 1996, he joined UNEP with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel Convention). With UNEP’s European Office, as of 2001, he specialized in environmental cooperation in the European region and supported the seven Carpathian countries in the development of the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians.

Pradeep Aggarwal, Programme Manager for Water Resources, IAEA

Dr. Aggarwal is the Programme Manager for Water Resources and Head of the Isotope Hydrology Section at the International Atomic Energy Agency. In this capacity, he is responsible for scientific and institutional capacity building, fostering international research cooperation, and technical assistance to nearly one hundred developing member states. Dr. Aggarwal earned his BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Delhi and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Geochemistry at the University of Alberta in Canada and spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the US Geological Survey in California. He then moved on to carry out applied research on issues of groundwater pollution and nuclear waste disposal at Argonne National Laboratory and Battelle Memorial Institute in the USA. He has been at the IAEA since 1997.

Jorge Rios, Chief of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, UNODC

Jorge Rios is the Chief of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and has been working in this institution for over 11 years. He joined UNODC in 2005. He has been leading the delivery of technical assistance by UNODC to countries affected by wildlife and forest crime, including the implementation of the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit. He is also a Senior Expert for the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) – a partnership formed in 2010 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Secretariat, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), UNODC, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization to combat wildlife trafficking. Before his employment at UNODC, he worked at the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, Organization of American States (OAS/CICAD) for more than 12 years as Chief for Alternative Development after having studied Political Science and Government at Old Dominion University and International Transactions at George Mason University.

Lorant Czaran, Program Officer, UNOOSA
Lorant Czaran has been Programme Officer at the Space Applications Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) since 2012, supporting both the Programme on Space Applications, where he leads the Environment, Natural Resources Management and Biodiversity related thematic areas, and the UN-SPIDER, where he supported the determination of the technical focal points for Africa and the Regional Support Offices network. In his career, he has worked for numerous UN departments. In 2002, he began to work for the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) where he helped produce the first in-house digital satellite imagery-based topographic maps on a large scale for the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, Syria and supported with his exceptional work ethic the international boundary demarcation mapping projects. In 2006, he started serving as the Map Centre Manager for ReliefWeb at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) before joining UNOOSA in 2008, first as the Head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office where he was also a key person in facilitating support with space technologies during the response to the major Haiti earthquake in 2010.

Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, president of Women for Water Partnership (WFWP)

Mariet Verhoef-Cohen is the President of the Women for Water Partnership, which has the mission to position women as active leaders, experts, partners and agents of change to realise access to safe water for all (including gender-responsive sanitation) for all use, thus contributing to all SDG’s, especially goals 5 & 6. She is also President Elect of Soroptimist International (SI) which transforms the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities. Under her leadership, Soroptimists have actively engaged in promoting universal access to water and sanitation as a prerequisite for women’s empowerment and their social and economic development. She has extensive experience in addressing women’s issues, such as violence against women, and in implementing water projects in Eastern Europe and Africa. She is the Founder and owner of Bacolet Translations BV (translation company) in the Netherlands.

Hans-Peter Nachtnebel, University Professor at the Institute for Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna
Dipl.-Ing Dr. Hans-Peter Nachtnebel has been a University Professor at the Institute for Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU) since 1993 and Deputy Director of the Department of Water-Atmosphere-Environment since 2004. It lies within BOKU’s core competence to research and impart knowledge of sustainably using natural resources and thus providing options to safeguard natural resources. In addition to working for the BOKU, he is also Integrated Disaster Risk Manager at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) at Kyoto University. Due to his intensive academic engagement, he inter alia has acquired an extensive knowledge in water management and has expertise in eco-hydrological modeling and management, river model and restoration, sustainable development, stochastic hydrology, sustainable water management, impact of climate change on water resources, as well as geographical information systems and their application in water resources management. He, furthermore, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Warsaw Agriculture University and received the second Austrian national prize in the research field of Eco-management.

Expert Panel

19 JANUARY 2017, 09:00 – 11:00

Chair: HE Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations in Vienna

Ambassador Fernandez Palacios holds the position of Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations in Vienna. He holds a degree in International Political Relations from the Institute of International Relations ‘Raul Roa Garcia’. During his career, Ambassador. Fernandez Palacios has served in several positions. He was President of the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO and Representative of Cuba to the Executive Board of UNESCO (2009-2015); Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the International Organizations in Switzerland (2005-2009); Director of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2005); Deputy Director, Directorate of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000); Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations (1993-1997); Officer, Office of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1987-1993).

Malcolm Crick, Secretary of UNSCEAR
Dr. Crick has more than 35 years of experience in radiation science, protection and emergency response. He started his career with the National Radiological Protection Board, UK, before being engaged by the International Atomic Energy Agency to help provide advice and assistance after the Chernobyl accident and also head the development of its Incident and Emergency Centre in the 1990s. He has been serving the United Nations as Secretary of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) since 2005, and has fostered several landmark reports of the Committee, including on the accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl. He has many scientific publications to his credit and has been a member of various professional societies and Committees. A British national, he completed his Masters in Nuclear Physics and Electronics from the University of Oxford (UK) and is an avid hiker.

Gilberto Gerra, Chief of Drug Prevention and Health Branch, UNODC
Dr. Gerra is Chief of the Drug Prevention and Health Branch, Division for Operations at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Gerra was Director of the National Observatory on Drugs, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Rome, Italy; from 2004 to 2007, he was a Member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) at the United Nations in Vienna. He has been a professor at numerous universities in Italy, on Neurology and Addiction Medicine, consultant to the ministries of Health, Interior, and Social Affairs in the field of substance-use disorders treatment in Italy. Dr. Gerra was director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Centre in Parma from 1995 – 2002 and director of the Addiction Research Centre of Parma from 1993 – 2002. He is a member of several societies, among them: the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), the Board of the Italian Society on Drug Addiction (SITD), and of the scientific committee of the Federation of Dependence Treatment professionals in Italy (Feder.Ser.D). He is author and/or co-author of many articles in the field of psychobiology of substance abuse, psychoneuroendocrinology and clinical pharmacology (130 articles in scientific, peer-reviewed journals). Dr. Gerra holds a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Parma with specializations in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.

Eduardo Zubizarreta, Head of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section in the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA
Eduardo H. Zubizarreta graduated in 1980 from the Buenos Aires University and finished his specialization in Radiation Oncology in 1985. He moved to Uruguay in 1989, to work in Dr. Leborgne’s department. He continued his training as a fellow in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in Saint Louis, with Carlos Perez and Perry Grigsby in 1995. His major fields of interest are gynaecology, H&N, health economics, and clinical radiobiology, in which he has published his work with Felix Leborgne, Jack Fowler and Jolyon Hendry. He began his involvement with IAEA as an expert and lecturer in 1993. He joined the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section of the Agency in 2004, becoming Head of the Section in 2015.

Juergen Reinhardt, Senior Industrial Development Oficer, UNIDO
Juergen Reinhardt is a Senior Industrial Development Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He has been responsible for an array of technical cooperation interventions mainly in the fields of private sector development, small and medium enterprises’ development, investment promotion and industrial policy in Asia and Africa. His current portfolio includes a global UNIDO project situated at the interface of public health and industrial development. The activity seeks to improve access to essential medicines in developing and least-developed countries. This objective is pursued through a combination of advisory and capacity building support aimed at the strengthening of local pharmaceutical production capacities, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The joint preparation with the African Union Commission of a Business Plan for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA) is one of the major outcomes of the project to date. Prior to joining UNIDO in 1992, Dr. Reinhardt, a German national, was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy of the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, at which he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics.

Luc St-Piere, Chief of Space Applications Section, UNOOSA
Mr. St-Pierre had worked at developing geographic information systems for the management of the environment and natural resources in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the 1990’s before joining the United Nations in 2000.  He first helped develop datasets and geographical information systems (GISs) for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in its work to protect marine biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea and control marine pollution. Between 2005 and 2012, he strengthened the mapping, remote sensing and GIS capabilities of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve support and assistance during humanitarian crises. He then became a strong promoter of open source data and software as key elements to inter-agency coordination. He joined the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to supervise the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). He represented UNOOSA as Co-Chair of the UN Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) from 2013 to 2015 and sat on the Steering Committee of the UN Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) initiative. Mr. St-Pierre holds a Master of Science Degree in Geography from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Economics from Wye Imperial College, University of London.

Vlada Titova, Ph.D., Associate professor of psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine in St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University

Dr. Titova has over 19 years of experience in psychiatry, psychotherapy and drug addiction. She is an author and conductor of many St. Petersburg TV and radio programmes. Since 2007 to the present, she has been working as the Associate Professor of Psychotherapy in the St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University. In April 2010, Dr. Titova’s FM-TV projects – programmes “Hour of the Psychotherapist” and “Island of Hope” – were awarded by “TEFI”(Russian national TV award for the highest achievement in the field of Television Arts and Sciences, established by the Foundation Russian Academy of Television) in the category of “The Best Information Entertainment Programmes in Russia”.In July 2012, Dr. Titova received the European psychotherapist certificate and became a member of the European Association of Psychotherapy.  Author of four monographs (three of them in a co-authorship), 13 methodological recommendations, and more than 95 scientific articles.

Expert Panel

19 JANUARY 2017, 14:15-15:45

Chair: H.E. Friedrich Däuble, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in Vienna
As from 28 July 2016, Mr Däuble has been the new Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations (Vienna). He is currently serving as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Austria. During his career, Mr Däuble has served in various capacities, among them: Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in São Paulo, Brazil (2013-2015); Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy in Rome, Italy (2008-2012); Ambassador and Commissioner for Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany (2006-2008); Advisor on EU Affairs at the Office of the Federal President in Berlin, Germany (2003-2006), and many others. Mr Däuble studied History and German at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, the University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also participated in training for the higher Foreign Service (1984-1986) and the NATO Defense College programme (2012-2013).

Wei Huang, Director of the Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management in the Department of Nuclear Energy, IAEA
Mr. Wei Huang serves as Director of the Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management in the Department of Nuclear Energy at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

Prior to this post, he worked as Director General at the China Atomic Energy Authority.

Mr. Huang holds a Bachelor’s degree in Automation Control from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Harbin Engineering University.

Martin Hiller, Director General, RenewabLe Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
Martin Hiller, Director General of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), has over 30 years of experience working in sustainability issues, climate change and clean energy policy, and environmental campaigns and communications. Prior to joining REEEP, Mr. Hiller had a distinguished career with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): from 2002 to 2011, he led campaigns and communications in WWF´s global climate and energy programme, culminating in the WWF campaign for COP15 in Copenhagen, which mobilized 6.5 million sign-ups, the highest number of any NGO. From 1994, he pioneered the first European Union focused campaign operation for an environmental NGO in Brussels. He developed WWF’s Europe-wide communications operations, creating the organisation´s first EU-specific policy campaigns on regional development funds, forest management, and fisheries. Before 1994, Mr. Hiller lectured in campaigning and communications in cooperation with the University of Klagenfurt in Austria, and with WWF drove Austria’s first nature conservation strategy.  From 2005 to 2014, he was founding President of the Board of the Gold Standard Foundation, the world’s prime quality carbon offset provider.

Monika Weber-Fahr, CHIEF Operating Officer, SE4ALL
Monika Weber-Fahr serves as Chief Operating Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) since April 2016. She has worked for over 20 years in international development finance and management consulting, with leadership roles on topics related to sustainability and private sector development. Previous positions in Ms. Weber-Fahr’s career include: the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Institute, and Boston Consulting. She led a number of initiatives across the World Bank Group that introduced new ways of learning and improving, including the World Bank’s first large innovation competition, the Development Marketplace, in 2000.  For 12 of her 22 years in development, Monika focused on energy topics – energy efficiency, energy access and renewable energy initiatives, including efforts to evaluate and track the impact of energy transitions. She is a member of a number of supervisory and advisory boards with a focus on climate change and innovation, including serving as the chair of the Supervisory Board of the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Centers (Climate KIC). Ms. Weber-Fahr holds a Ph.D. in business economics and an MSC in economics.

Keywan Riahi, Director, Energy (ENE) Program, IIASA
Prof. Riahi is the Director of the Energy Program at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Visiting Professor of Energy Systems Analysis at the Graz University of Technology, Austria. His research focuses on energy-related sources of global change, and on future development and response strategies for mitigating adverse environmental and social impacts. He has served as Lead Author and Review Editor to various international assessments, such as the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In recent years, Prof. Riahi has coordinated various international scientific community activities (AMPERE, CD-LINKS, RCPs, SSPs), and serves currently also as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium. His articles in the area of energy and climate change receive more than 1,000 citations each year.

Alois P. Mhlanga, Industrial Development Officer of Renewable and Rural Energy Division, UNIDO
Alois Posekufa Mhlanga is an Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO Energy Branch. Mr. Mhlanga has over 17 years’ experience in the renewable energy and climate change field. He currently manages UNIDO’s projects on renewable energy in Africa and Asia. He is responsible for flagship programmes such as the design and creation of the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.