Country-based Teams

Costa Rica

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

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

Sandra Ramírez Rivera is the Communications Advisor at the Large Pelagic Sustainable Fisheries Platform in Costa Rica. She is a journalist with a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Over the last 25 years, Sandra has worked as a strategic communications expert with both international and local organizations, developing communications strategies, media relations, communication campaigns on environmental issues and training programs for journalists. Over the past 10 year, as a consultant for organizations such as UNDP, IDB, CATIE, IRG, European Union, among others, she has focused her career on communications for responsible fisheries.

Denise Castro is the Administration Assistant at the Large Pelagic Sustainable Fisheries Platform in Costa Rica. Previously, she worked at UNDP as an administration and technical assistant at the National Platform for Pineapple and as an assistant for the Biodiversity Finance Initiative in Costa Rica. She holds university degrees in Agronomic Engineering and also has expertise in organic agriculture, as well as extensive experience in providing support to small organic producers on certification and the development of local markets. 

Côte d’Ivoire

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

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

Ecuador

Monica Andrade is a Programme Officer at the Environment and Energy Unit of UNDP Ecuador. For the past 13 years she has been focusing on environmental policy and management and has been promoting and coordinating governance and dialogue processes towards sustainable development in Latina America and the Caribbean. She is interested in national commodity plaltform development and sharing her experience in participatory processes. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden. 

 

 

Ana Maria Nunez is a Programme Officer in the UNDP Ecuador Energy and Environment Unit She has more than 10 years experience in sustainable development issues with emphasis on energy, climate change, chemicals and waste, technology dynamics, environment, among others. Before joining UNDP, Ana María conducted research related to technological impact assessments at the system level, and she designed, coordinated, monitored and implemented projects in developing countries related to climate change. She is a Chemical Engineer and holds a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technology, with a specialization in Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and a Master in Renewable Energy Management.

Ghana

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

Indonesia

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Tri Widjayanti is the National Project Manager for the UNDP Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative in Indonesia. Tri comes to GCP after a 30-year career with Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture where she specialized in hosting and managing multi-stakeholder dialogue for cocoa, coffee and palm oil. Throughout her career Tri regularly represented the Indonesian government at global commodity conferences as a delegate and trade negotiation advisor. Tri holds a Masters degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and is a graduate a of the Bogor Agricultural University.

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Rusman Heriawan is the Platform Advisor for the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI). He has over 30 years experience working with the Indonesian government. He has a bachelor degree in Economics, and a Masters in Regional and Rural Development Planning. In 2004, Rusman obtained his doctorate in Agriculture Economics. He is also still active in the government sector as he is currently the President Commissioner of the CPO Fund and a Primary Researcher at Ministry of Agriculture. Rusman has extensive experience dealing with the agriculture sector, especially on palm oil in Indonesia, and he served as the Indonesia Vice Minister of Agriculture in 2011 to 2014.

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

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Adinda Silitonga is the Communications Officer for the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI). She has a Master in Communication from RMIT University, Australia. She previously worked as a communication officer with ANZ Indonesia. Adinda was also a Knowledge Management and Communication officer at ISEAN (Islands of South East Asia Networks on MSM and Transgender Health) before she moved to B-Change Foundation, focusing on raising awareness on HIV/AIDS. She is also a writer and has written for several publications. 

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Pisca Tias is the Good Growth Partnership Specialist in Indonesia. She recently completed a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University. Pisca has worked with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of the Agroforestry and Forestry project team. In 2013, Pisca joined SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) to support the REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme team. She also helped formulate green growth strategies for Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan with the Global Green Growth Institute.

Liberia

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

 

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

Papua New Guinea

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

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

Paraguay

Mirtha Lorena Giménez Pereira is the General Coordinator of the Green Commodities Programme in Paraguay. Before joining UNDP, Mirtha was the sub-regional representative for America for the World Organization for Animal Health. She also worked for the USA-Paraguay Chamber of Commerce and represented Paraguay as the Diplomatic and Agricultural Counsellor for the European Union. She also managed and supported the development of projects with the Canadian International Development Agency in Latin America and worked as innovations manager for Pfizer Mexico. Mirtha is a Doctor in Veterinary Science and has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Studies from Massey University (New Zealand).

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

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

César Meden Peláez is the Technical Specialist for Beef at the National Platform for Soy and Beef in Paraguay. Previously, he worked for the Foundation of Latin American Solidarity and was a coordinator and manager for various international programs that support the agricultural production sector. He also consulted with companies such as AGROCON and HP CAMPOS. César studied Agricultural Engineering, with an emphasis on animal production. 

 

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

Dalma González Núñez is the Communications Assistant of the Green Production Landscape Project in Paraguay. As a graduate journalist from the Autonomous University of Asuncion, she has worked over the last 10 years as a news producer and reporter, broadcasting stories about social issues facing the country. She has assisted in implementing communication campaigns, and was also a press officer in the private sector. Most recently she worked as a UNDP communication consultant in the public sector for the Public Function Secretariat conveying transparency policies.

Peru

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

Carlos Diaz is the National Coordinator of GCP in Peru.  Carlos is a senior expert in development cooperation, working both in the public and private sectors. He has worked in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, among other countries, across various sectors and issues. Before joining UNDP, Carlos was responsible for economic development in HELVETAS, Swiss Intercooperation. Prior to that he held a number of positions, including as Sub-Director and Director of Economic Development of the Alternative Development Program of USAID-Peru. 

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

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Luciana Mendoza is the Communications Officer for GCP in Peru. She has more than eight years experience in strategic communications management. She previously worked as a communications and knowledge management specialist for the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP20 held in Lima, Peru. She also worked as a communication specialist at the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, managing publications and communication products.She holds  bachelors´ in Communications for Development and a Masters´ in Cultural Management.

Verónica Rey is the Administrative Coordinator of the Green Commodities Programme and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN – in Peru. She has more than ten years experience in the administration of projects financed through international cooperation in sectors such as: climate change in communal reserves in the Amazon of Peru, joint creative industries, prevention and managing conflicts, disaster prevention and reduction, justice sector, energy and the mining sector. She holds a Bachelor degree in Administration, and a post-graduate degree in project evaluation and management, specializing in strategic planning and procurement.

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