Author
Ghulam M. Isaczai
RCO
UN Resident Coordinator
Mr Isaczai was appointed as UN Resident Corrdinator in Azerbaijan in April 2016. He previously served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP/UNFPA Resident Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Prior to that Mr. Isaczai, served in various capacities with UNDP in Tajikistan, Nepal and Yemen, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme in Germany, UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan, the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East based in Syria and the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Ghulam M. Isaczai
Author
Alessandro Fracassetti
UNDP
Resident Representative
Mr. Alessandro Fracassetti was appointed as UNDP Resident Representative for Azerbaijan in December 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Fracassetti served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Azerbaijan, North Macedonia and Croatia, and Assistant Resident Representative in Belarus. He also served with the OSCE in Croatia as Spokesperson and in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Senior Election Officer and Senior Political Advisor. Mr. Fracassetti holds a Master’s degree in EU Politics and Administration from the College of Europe, Bruges, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex.
Aleesandro Fracassetti
Author
Edward Carwardine
UNICEF
Representative
Mr. Carwardine assumed the position of UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Azerbaijan in August 2016. Prior to that, he worked as UNICEF`s Deputy Director of Communication in New York. Previously, Mr. Carwardine served as Chief Communication in UNICEF Indonesia in 2009 and in UNICEF Kabul in 2004. In 2002, Mr. Carwardine worked in support of the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children, production of the organization’s global Humanitarian Action Report. Mr. Carwardine holds a Bachelor`s Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool (UK).
Edward Carwardine
Author
Farid Babayev
UNFPA
Head of Office
Dr. Farid Babayev serves as Assistant Representative of UNFPA’s Country Office in Azerbaijan since May 2006. On this position, he is responsible for overall coordination and management of the portfolio of UNFPA-funded programmes under supervision of UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Representative. Graduated from Azerbaijan Medical University, Dr. Babayev holds Master Degree in Business Administration from Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University and PhD from Azerbaijan Postgraduate Institute. He is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English and French. Married, father of two children.
Farid Babayev
Author
Guido Ambroso
UNHCR
Representative
Mr. Ambroso was appointed UNHCR Country Representative in Azerbaijan in July 2018. He has worked in the humanitarian field for over 30 years, almost exclusively with UNHCR in different capacities by holding senior positions in Uganda, Iran, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan (from 1995 to 1997), Somalia, Belgium, Tanzania and UNHCR HQs Geneva. Mr. Ambroso was brought up in Milan and is a citizen of Italy. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Geography and a Ph.D. in Geography, both obtained from University College London, University of London.
Guido Ambroso
Author
Hande Harmanci
WHO
Representative
Dr Hande Harmanci took office as WHO Representative and Head of Country Office in Azerbaijan in August 2018. Prior to her appointment, Dr Harmanci worked in various positions in WHO Headquarters in the areas of human resources for health, pandemic preparedness, influenza and viral hepatitis. Previously, she was a professor of public health and community medicine in Marmara University, Istanbul. Dr. Harmanci graduated from Hacettepe University Medical School and holds Doctor of Public Health Degree. She is an amateur ceramicist.
Hande Harmanci
Author
Melek Cakmak
FAO
Head of Office
Ms. Ҫakmak, a national of Turkey, holds M.A. degree in Agricultural Economics from Stanford University. Before FAO she worked as a researcher in various national and international organizations. She joined FAO in 2003 as Assistant FAO Representative in Turkey. From 2008, she worked as FAO Field Programme Support and Monitoring Officer in the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia, Ankara. Since 2016, Ms. Melek Ҫakmak has been serving as the Head of FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan.
Melek Cakmak
Author
Olga V. Koulaeva
ILO
Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Olga V. Koulaeva was appointed Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia on 1 November 2016. Since February 2010, she had served as a Senior Employment Specialist at the ILO DWT/CO for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Ms Koulaeva graduated from the Moscow State University Department of Economics and holds a Ph. D. in Economics. She is fluent in English and Swedish. In 2002-2005, she was Financial Manager and Project Director with the Swedish National Labour Market Board and the Swedish Public Employment Service.
Olga Koulaeva
Author
Rashad Huseynov
UNIC
Director
Mr Huseynov has over 20 years of experience in the field of media, communications and political affairs. He joined the UN since August of 2017 as a National Information Officer. Prior to this, Mr Huseynov worked as a Media Officer at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna; Public Information Officer at the OSCE Office in Baku; Director of Press Department at the Embassy of Israel in Azerbaijan; as well as anchor, editor and reporter in various national media outlets. He holds a PhD in Political Science.
Rashad Huseynov
Author
Vladimir Gjorgjiev
IOM
Chief of Mission
Mr. Gjorgjiev has over 21 years of experience at the international and national levels, last worked in Amman, Nairobi and Skopje as an IOM expert on procurement and assets management. Prior to this, he served as a Head of IOM Global Procurement and Supply Unit in Manila Administrative Centre (Philippines) and as a Procurement Logistics officer in Indonesia. Mr. Gjorgjiev is a national of North Macedonia and holds a Master’s Degree of Economic Sciences and an International Certificate on Public Procurement from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Vladimir IOM
Author
Vladimir Shkolnikov
OHCHR
Regional Coordinator
Dr. Shkolnikov is the Senior Human Rights Adviser for the South Caucasus, OHCHR, since July 2011. Prior to this, he held positions with various European civil society organizations. He served as the Head of Democratization Department and the Adviser on Migration and Freedom of Movement at OSCE/ODIHR in Warsaw. Dr Shkolnikov also held the position of Resident Research Consultant at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. He earned his Ph. D. and Master’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis at the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies in Santa Monica.
Shkolnikov