Executive Office

Grete Faremo – Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director

Ms. Faremo has been Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS since 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. She also brings a wealth of experience from the private sector.

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Vitaly Vanshelboim – Assistant Secretary-General, and UNOPS Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Vanshelboim joined UNOPS in July 2006 following ten years serving in various senior roles with UNDP. Before that he worked for four years with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 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. Read more

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UNOPS global and regional portfolio management

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. He helped to develop and apply innovative approaches in other post-conflict environments in Europe, Africa and Asia. 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.​

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Honoré Dainhi​​ - ​Director, Africa Region 

Mr. Dainhi joined UNOPS as Director for the Africa Region in 2016. Previously ​he held various senior management positions in the private sector. Most recently, 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.  During his time at Shell, he held a number of senior business positions in the Netherlands and the UK. 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 Cô​te d'Ivoire, Mauritius, Senegal and Togo. ​

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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 UNDP 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.  In his previous position as Deputy Regional Director for Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Mr. Karim oversaw a programme portfolio that included more than 40 countries and incorporated a wide range of projects – from infrastructure to humanitarian assistance.

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Bana Kaloti – Director, Middle East Region

Ms. Kaloti holds an MBA in Management and 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, where she expanded UNOPS presence in the region, she worked for the Iraq Resident Coordinator, the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund-UNDP and UNICEF 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.

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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 in 1999 as a Portfolio Manager and then onto Bangkok, where he worked as Senior Portfolio Manager and Regional IFAD Cluster Coordinator. He was appointed Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific in 2007, before moving to 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. Mr. Mathur also worked for Kraft Foods in New York, before accepting a position at UNDP in 1992 as the Head of the Consulting Services Unit. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a BA in International Business Management from the American University in Paris.

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Management and other HQ functions

​​ Aïssa Azzouzi – Director, Finance Group

A dual national of France and Morocco, Mr. Azzouzi joined UNOPS in 2016 from Cezane Partners, a management consulting company he founded in 2013. He also concurrently served as an advisor to NGO, Legacy International. Previously Mr. Azzouzi worked as CFO for Transcom Worldwide, a global customer experience company specializing in business process outsourcing, and customer acquisition and retention.

Mr. Azzouzi has held senior roles over the past 30 years in the information technology and banking services sectors in Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia.  

Mr. Azzouzi is a Chartered Accountant and is fluent in French and English, and conversational in Arabic and German. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree from EMLYON Business School.​​​

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Nick O'Regan – Director, Infrastructure and Project Management Group

Mr. O'Regan has worked with the United Nations and other international organizations since 1994. Mr. O'Regan began his career with the UN by supporting the logistical operations of DPKO for the UN Verification Mission in Angola. He then moved to UN Mine Action as Chief of Administration, where he worked on programmes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. 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, supporting humanitarian and development initiatives in Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Somalia and Tanzania. Mr. O'Regan assumed the role of Director of UNOPS Office in Jerusalem in October 2011 and in 2015 was appointed Head of the Project Management and Infrastructure Centre of Excellence, retaining his role as Director in Jerusalem. In 2017, Mr. O'Regan​ was appointed director of UNOPS Infrastructure and Project Management Group.

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​​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.

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​​Henrik Linders – Director, Risk and Quality Group

Mr. Linders has over 15 years’ experience leading and advising sustainability projects. Prior to joining UNOPS, he led the compliance team at the World Bank’s Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman, the unit that oversees the sustainability of the bank’s private sector investments. He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and certificates from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School.

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​Tina Friis Hansen – Director, People and Change Group

Ms. Friis Hansen joined UNOPS in September 2008 following 12 years in various senior roles in UNDP. 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 HQ and the field.

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Raad Yousif Gilyana – Officer in Charge, Corporate Support Group

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 Officer in Charge for the Corporate Support Group. 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.

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Paul Lucas – Director, Internal Audit and Investigations Group

Mr. Lucas began his career with Deloitte (1995 to 2005) providing audit, risk management and forensic investigation services to multinational clients. In 2005, he joined UNFPA’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.

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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.

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Thomas Ankerstjerne Lundum – Head, Executive Strategy and Governance​​, Finance Group

Mr. Lundum joined UNOPS in August 2008 as advisor for the UNOPS change programme, since he has worked on a range of strategy, management and organizational development initiatives, including development of the UNOPS strategic plan, 2014-2017. Prior to joining UNOPS he supported the Secretary-General’s reform agenda from various positions in the UN Secretariat, including in OIOS, OUSG DM and OUSG DPKO.

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James Provenzano –​ Director, UNOPS New York Office​, General Counsel and Director, Legal Group

Mr. Provenzano joined UNOPS as General Counsel in February 2009 after serving with UNDP as Director, Procurement Support Office, and prior to that, as Director of the UNDP Office of Legal and Procurement Support. He previous worked at UNOPS from 1999 – 2003 as Assistant Director, Office of Legal and Procurement Support. Mr. Provenzano has also worked for UNDP, FAO and the UN Secretariat during his twenty years-plus within the UN system.

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Lou Luff – Chair, Headquarters Contracts and Property Committee

Mr. Luff joined UNOPS in March 2007, where he began as Portfolio Manager with the Peace and Security Cluster in New York. Since then, he has held several senior positions within Peace and Security, including Chief of Operations in Sudan and Senior Portfolio Manager for the UN Mine Action Service’s Rapid Response Project. Prior to taking on his new role in Copenhagen, he was Head of Support Services for UNOPS Sri Lanka. Mr. Luff served in the New Zealand Army Engineers for 11 years and worked as a project manager at Cranfield University, managing and delivering capacity-building projects in places such as Afghanistan and Sudan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a post-graduate diploma in development studies from Massey University, New Zealand.

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​​David Mitchels – UNOPS Ethics Officer

After 18 years in private legal practice, where his speciality was political crime, David Mitchels joined UNRWA in 1988, moving to UN/DPKO in 1999, and UNOPS in 2004, spending 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. Since 1 February 2009, as UNOPS Ethics Officer, he has participated in the UN Ethics Committee, which produced a new draft UN-wide Ethics Code, recently approved by the Secretary-General.

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