The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
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.
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.
Management and other HQ functions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beforehand, he worked at UNOPS from 1999 – 2003 as Assistant Director, Office of Legal and Procurement Support. Mr. Provenzano has also worked for UNDP, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Secretariat during his twenty-plus years within the UN system.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.