Mr. Tapan Mishra has taken over his role as the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UN RC) for Mongolia in September 2019. As UN RC, the highest-ranking representative of the United Nations Development System in Mongolia, he has been designated by the UN Secretary General to lead the UN Country Team in coordinating operational activities for development in the country. Before this post in Mongolia, Mr. Mishra served as UN RC in DPR Korea from 2015 to 2019.
Mr. Tapan Mishra first joined the UN system in 2003 as the UNDP Learning Advisor and Deputy Chief of the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) in the Office of Human Resources, Bureau of Management where he moved up to become the Director and Chief of LRC from 2007 to 2013.
Country Director for ILO Mongolia and China
Ms. Claire Courteille-Mulder, born in 1969, a French and Dutch national, joined the ILO in 2014 as Director of the ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux countries, based in Brussels, Belgium. She began her career focusing on international cooperation, working for various organizations in Latin America including the UNHCR, before relocating to Prizren, Kosovo, to work for the Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe. Between 2001 and 2013, she honed her skills in social dialogue and trade-union relations through her work with the Dutch Confederation of Trade Unions and, later, with the International Trade Union Confederation. Ms. Courteille-Mulder has extensive knowledge and experience in international cooperation, economic and social policy and equality, coupled with expertise in management and development. Ms. Courteille-Mulder holds a Degree of Master of Science in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Politic Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as a Degree of Master in European and International Management from the Universite Paris 1 Pantheon- Sorbonne in France.
Dr Sergey Diorditsa, PhD, MPH, has assumed his duties of WHO Representative in Mongolia on 2 August 2017. Prior to this assignment, Dr Diorditsa served as a Coordinator of the Extended Programme on Immunization Division at WHO Office for the Western Pacific for six years. From 2003 to 2011, Dr Diorditsa worked as a Medical Officer in WHO Representative Office for Bangladesh. His service in WHO started in 2001 as a consultant on Extended Programme on Immunization, after his career at the Institute of Viral Preparations (IVP), as well as the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Moscow, Russia. Dr Diorditsa graduated from the 1st Medical Academy of Moscow as a Doctor of Medicine. He holds an MPH in Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine Epidemiology, Control of Tropical Diseases from the Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine of Moscow. He earned his PhD in Virology from the IVP, Moscow, Russia.
Ms. Elaine Conkievich joined UNDP as Resident Representative in Mongolia on 9 November 2019. Previously, she was with UN Women since 2014 as the Representative and Head of the Multi-Country Office Kazakhstan (Central Asia) promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Ms. Conkievich has additionally worked with the OSCE, other parts of the UN and international NGOs in several countries of Eastern Europe, Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia. She is a senior international development professional with 26 years of experience in the fields of governance, human rights, rule of law, gender mainstreaming, democratic institution building, conflict resolution, and preventive diplomacy.
Ms. Conkievich has a Master’s degree, with a Graduate Award for Achievement, in International Studies, with a focus on Soviet Studies and peace and conflict resolution, from The American University, School of International Service, Washington DC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor degrees in German and International Relations and a Certificate in Russian and Eastern European Affairs from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at University of Oregon, during which she studied two years at Universität Freiburg, Germany.
Ms. Conkievich is fluent in English, German, and Russian.
Since April 2013, Ms. Enkhtsetseg Shagdarsuren has been working as a Country Programme Manager and officer in charge of UN-Habitat Mongolia. She joined UN-Habitat in 2006 as a project manager for the UN-Habitat project on Pro-poor Ger Area Upgrading Strategy and Investment Programme of Ulaanbaatar City. Before she joined the UN-Habitat, she worked for the Land Administration and Urban Development Departments and Urban Development, Research and Design Institute of Ulaanbaatar City and Land Affairs, Geodesy and Cartography Agency under the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development as a GIS Expert, Head of Land Information Center, and Head of Divisions.
Chief of Mission for China and Mongolia
Mr. Giuseppe Crocetti was appointed as the IOM Chief of Mission in the People’s Republic of China and the non-resident IOM Chief of Mission for Mongolia based in Beijing, China in 2018. Mr. Giuseppe Crocetti graduated in Law and received his Masters in European Studies and International Relations from La Sapienza University in Rome in 2002. Admitted to the Bar soon after his university studies, Mr. Crocetti practiced law before the Italian courts before joining in 2004 the International Criminal Tribunal for the Genocide in Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania. Specializing in international human rights law with a focus on migrants rights, Mr. Crocetti began his career with the International Organization for Migration in 2005 serving first with the IOM Mission in Sri Lanka until 2007. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Crocetti was posted in Cambodia leading IOM’s programming in the area of technical cooperation and capacity building on migration management. In 2009 Mr. Crocetti was appointed as the IOM Chief of Mission in Papua New Guinea where he served for four years assisting, amongst many other achievements, the government of Papua New Guinea in becoming a Member State of IOM.
Alex Heikens joined UNICEF Mongolia in 2017. Before that, he was UNICEF’s senior adviser on climate change, energy and environmental sustainability in Headquarters. Prior to UNICEF, Alex served as a Regional Policy Adviser for UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Office, providing support to UNDP Country Offices and Governments on addressing climate change (2010 – 2013). Between 2007 and 2010, he was with UNDP Indonesia and developed its climate change portfolio and assisted the Government of Indonesia with formulating key-policy documents and programmes such as UNREDD. From 2003 till 2007 he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization in Bangladesh and the regional office in Thailand providing advice on contaminated ground water resources. Alex holds a PhD in environmental sciences and a MSc in biology from the University of Utrecht.
Prior to moving to Mongolia, he was based at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok as Livestock Policy Officer. During 1998-2009, he taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and worked for the World Bank in Washington DC during 1994-97. He has written extensively on a broad range of topics including barriers to collective action, poverty and income distribution, commercialization of agricultural services and food security and nutrition. He has supported a large number of field projects in Asia and promoted partnerships towards establishing new service delivery models based on genuine farmer needs. He has been an ardent advocate of the potential of dairy sector towards promotion of household food security, nutrition, and empowerment of women in poor countries. In January 2016, he was recognized by the Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand for his contribution to Asian dairy sector. In recognition of his contribution, DPO awarded him a plaque which was given by HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn in the opening ceremony of the national dairy festival of Thailand. In March 2017, he was presented the Asian Dairy Personality award by VIV Asia.
Kaori Ishikawa assumed her assignment as Head of Office for UNFPA Mongolia CO on 20 November 2018. She comes with 20 years of extensive experience managing peace, humanitarian and development programmes as well as policy and advocacy work in over 20 countries.
Prior to her assignment in Mongolia, she served in a number of UNFPA Country Offices and Sub-Offices with large and complex operations, including Lao PDR, Yemen, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Myanmar. She also served in UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) in Cairo and Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch of Technical Division of UNFPA HQ in New York as Gender Specialist.
She has also worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) in Japan.
Kaori is a national from Japan and holds a Bachelor's degrees in Sociology, with specialization on social welfare policy on aging population from Ritsumeikan University, Japan, a Diploma in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK and a Master's degree in Women and Development from Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands and a Master of Business Administration at Warwick Business School in the UK. She is married with one daughter.
Representative & Head of UNIDO’s Regional Office for China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Mongolia
Mr. Ralf Bredel is the Representative (OIC) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Head of UNIDO’s Regional Office for China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Mongolia. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bredel served as Deputy Representative of UNIDO to the United Nations and other International Organizations at UN Headquarters in New York. His tenure there from 2011 to 2015 saw the intergovernmental negotiations and adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the attendant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before his assignment at the UN in New York he held a number of positions in the Office of the Managing Director of UNIDO’s Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Directorate at the Organization’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 2006 to 2011, where he advised the Managing Director on programmatic and strategic issues. Mr. Bredel started his career with UNIDO in 2003 as an International Programme Officer in the Beijing Office. Before joining UNIDO, he was a visiting fellow at the Department of International Development at University of Oxford and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University respectively.