The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Leadership

Executive Office

Grete Faremo
Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director
Ms. Faremo was appointed Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS in August 2014, succeeding Mr Jan Mattsson.

Prior to joining UNOPS, she served as Minister of Justice and Public Security in Norway. Ms. Faremo began public service in 1979 and has held various senior-level positions for the Government of Norway, including Minister of Defence, Minister of Oil and Energy and Minister of Development Cooperation for the Norwegian Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also brings a wealth of experience from the private sector and has sat on various advisory boards and associations throughout her career.

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Vitaly Vanshelboim
Assistant Secretary-General, and UNOPS Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Vanshelboim joined UNOPS in July 2006 following ten years serving in various senior roles with the UN Development Programme.

Beforehand, he worked for four years with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission in Bosnia and Herzogovina and spent five years with the United Nations Office in Ukraine. Before his UN career, Mr. Vanshelboim served in various capacities for the state and in the private sector. Since joining UNOPS, Mr. Vanshelboim has helped lead UNOPS through major transformations, firmly establishing UNOPS as central UN resource for providing peace and security, humanitarian, and development projects.

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Management and other HQ functions

Peter Browne
Head, Communications Group
Mr. Browne joined UNOPS in 2014 from UN Environment in Nairobi, Kenya.

He has more than 15 years of experience in media and communications, including nine years based in Africa. Before joining the UN, he was a journalist, reporting from three continents for publications such as the New York Times and The Guardian. He holds Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Communications.

Marianne Castelain de la Touche
Officer in Charge, Finance Group
Ms. Castelain de la Touche joined UNOPS in 2018, bringing over 17 years of experience to the role.

Before joining UNOPS, Ms. Castelain de la Touche held several leadership positions within LVMH from 2002 to 2017 in strategy and business development, audit and finance – the latest as Finance and Supply Chain Director for Moët Hennessy Iberia. Ms. Castelain de la Touche started her career with McKinsey & Company and most recently worked with Eurofins, an international life sciences company, as Senior Finance Director in charge of group controlling and shared service centres in emerging markets. She earned an advanced degree in finance at HEC Paris, France.

Tina Friis Hansen
Director, People and Change Group
Ms. Friis Hansen joined UNOPS in September 2008 following 12 years in various senior roles at the UN Development Programme.

Ms. Friis Hansen has extensive experience with Change Management and Management Consulting with a focus on Organizational Development and Performance Management. During her career, Ms. Friis Hansen has served in different strategic corporate roles to facilitate better management and help set standards for operational capacity across organizational structures both in headquarters and the field.

Nikolaj Gilbert
Director, Partnerships Group
Mr. Gilbert joined UNOPS in 2013, and brings over 15 years of international experience to the role.

Before joining UNOPS, Mr. Gilbert held several leadership positions with Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2013, the latest as Director of Global Marketing. Mr. Gilbert started his career with Accenture, where he worked from 1999 to 2003. He has also worked for INSEAD, where he conducted research in performance management and supply chain management. Mr. Gilbert holds advanced degrees in business administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Ivey Business School, Canada.

Raad Yousif Gilyana
Director, Shared Services Centre
Mr. Gilyana started his career as Assistant Professor at the Salahaddin University​ in Erbil, Iraq.

He later moved into the humanitarian and development sectors, starting with a job as Multi-Governorate Coordinator with the French NGO EquiLibre. His work with the World Food Programme as a Team Leader brought him into the United Nations system. He later moved to UNOPS – the beginning of a long career with the organization. Based in Copenhagen, Mr. Gilyana is the Director of the Shared Services Centre. While his current position focuses on operations, support services and overall management, he also has experience in project management. Mr. Gilyana previously managed projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Yemen.

Henrik Linders
Director and Principal Facilitator, Quality Monitoring Unit
Mr. Linders has over 20 years of experience leading and advising on sustainability within the private and public sectors.

With a background spanning environmental engineering, infrastructure development and the financial sector, he has experience from across the world managing and advising within technical, environmental and social areas, as well as on governance and management. Prior to joining UNOPS, he led a team that oversaw the sustainability of the World Bank’s private sector investments. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and certificates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School.

Paul Lucas
Director, Internal Audit and Investigations Group
Mr. Lucas began his career with Deloitte in 1995 where he provided audit, risk management and forensic investigation services to multinational clients for ten years.

In 2005, he joined the UN Population Fund’s Division for Oversight Services as an Audit Specialist, before later being recruited as Chief to establish the organization’s Investigations Branch. He holds a Commerce degree from Macquarie University (Sydney) and a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (Boston). He is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Certified Practicing Accountants.

David Mitchels
UNOPS Ethics Officer
After 18 years in private legal practice, specializing in political crime, Mr. Mitchels joined UNRWA in 1988, moving to UN/DPKO in 1999, and UNOPS in 2004.

He spent most of his years with the UN in Gaza as the Field Legal Officer, and Kosovo as a Senior Legal Officer and then Regional Administrator. At UNOPS, he served as Chief, Office for Legal Services and then as General Counsel. Mr. Mitchels was appointed as UNOPS Ethics Officer in February 2009. Since then, he has participated in the UN Ethics Committee, producing a UN-wide Ethics Code approved by the Secretary-General.


Patricia Moser
Director, Procurement Group
Ms. Moser joined UNOPS as Director of the Procurement Group in January 2015, bringing with her almost 20 years of experience in leading and advising on supply chain, procurement and business operations.

Prior to joining UNOPS, Ms. Moser worked in a diverse range of industries, including: banking, telecommunications, technology, retail, public sector, not-for-profit, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and healthcare. A Canadian national, she holds a B.Sc in Psychology and a B.Sc in Chemistry from McMaster University and she also earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from Concordia University.

Nick O'Regan
Director, Infrastructure and Project Management Group
Mr. O'Regan has worked with the UN and other international organizations since 1994.

He began his career with the UN by supporting the UN Verification Mission in Angola. He then moved to UN Mine Action as Chief of Administration. In 2004, he joined the UNOPS Mine Action Unit in New York as a Portfolio Manager, where he oversaw programmes in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Sudan. He was appointed UNOPS Country Representative in Kenya in 2006, and later became the Director of UNOPS Office in Jerusalem in 2011. In 2015, he was appointed Head of the Project Management and Infrastructure Centre of Excellence, retaining his role as Director in Jerusalem. Mr. O'Regan was appointed director of UNOPS Infrastructure and Project Management Group in 2017.

James Provenzano
Director, UNOPS New York Office, General Counsel and Director, Legal Group
Nasser Shammout
Director, Management Support Centre
Nasser Shammout joined UNOPS in 2011 and served as Deputy Director of the People and Change Group until 2017.

In 2018, he became Director of the Management Support Centre. Mr. Shammout has had a long career supporting the UN’s humanitarian and development work. Before joining UNOPS, he worked as a Business Advisor with the UN Development Operations Coordination Office in New York (United States) and as a Regional Coordinator for Arab States. He previously managed the UN Development Programme projects and operations in Saudi Arabia as Deputy Resident Representative, as well as managed the programme’s Junior Professional Officer Service Centre. Prior to that, he worked for UN organizations in South Lebanon (where he set up the UN Mine Action Centre), Iraq and Vienna. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Global and Regional Portfolio Management

Honoré Dainhi
Director, Africa Region
Mr. Dainhi joined UNOPS as Director for the Africa Region in 2016. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Talem Africa (Supreme Group), based in Dubai.

Before that Mr. Dainhi worked for Vivo Energy (Shell licensee in Africa) as Chief Operating Officer for Africa. He has also worked as Regional CEO and Managing Director for West Africa for Shell Oil Products, based in Ghana. Mr. Dainhi has been Board Director for several entities: the Business Council for Africa in the UK, Elton Oil International in Senegal, and Shell companies in Botswana, Kenya, Morocco and Namibia. He has also sat as Chairman of the Board for GEPACO in Tunisia, as well as Shell companies in Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritius, Senegal and Togo.

Fabrizio Feliciani
Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Region
Mr. Feliciani has held a range of senior management positions in his career, developing innovative practices in sustainable development, human rights, evaluation and oversight.

In the 1990s, he managed a range of UNOPS portfolios, including in areas of Central America affected by war. Mr. Feliciani worked for ten years as an evaluator of projects, programmes and public policies for several UN entities, private firms, NGOs and governments. He re-joined UNOPS in 2012 as Regional Advisor for Sustainable Development for Latin America and the Caribbean, and from 2014 as Regional Director. Mr. Feliciani holds a Doctorate in Agriculture Sciences. He has also served as a professor of ecology, rural development and cooperation for development.

Bana Kaloti
Director, Middle East Region
Ms. Kaloti has over 20 years of experience in the UN system, governmental and non-governmental sectors in humanitarian and development affairs.

Prior to joining UNOPS in 2013 as the Sub-Regional Business Development Advisor in Amman, Ms. Kaloti worked for the Iraq Resident Coordinator, the UN Development Group Iraq Trust Fund-UNDP and the UN Children’s Fund in Palestine. Previously, Ms. Kaloti worked as a Senior Director at the General Directorate for Training and Administrative Development with the Palestinian Authority. She has also worked on technical assistance projects in Palestine, and served as a Board Member for a number of non-governmental organizations. Prior to her appointment as Director for the Middle East Region in 2015, Ms. Kaloti was the Director of the UNOPS Office in Amman.

Moin Karim
Director, Europe and Central Asia Region
Mr. Karim has over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian and development fields in progressively senior levels within the United Nations.

In 2015, he was appointed Director of Europe and Central Asia Region for UNOPS. Mr. Karim previously served at the UN Secretariat in New York, at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and at the UN Development Programme headquarters, including various field offices in a wide range of capacities. These responsibilities included the management of humanitarian and development programmes, coordination within the wider UN system, overseeing financial operations and building partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Sanjay Mathur
Director, Asia Region
Mr. Mathur joined UNOPS in 1995, where he spent four years working in sub-Saharan Africa as a Project Management Officer.

He moved to UNOPS Asia Pacific Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur and then onto Bangkok, where he worked as Senior Portfolio Manager and Regional International Fund for Agricultural Development Cluster Coordinator. He was appointed Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific in 2007, before becoming Director and Representative for UNOPS Myanmar the following year. In 2015, Mr. Mathur began his new role as Director of Asia Region for UNOPS. His career began in France, where he worked in asset management. He also worked for Kraft Foods in New York, before accepting a position at the UN Development Programme in 1992 as the Head of the Consulting Services Unit.