Officer-in-Charge & Senior Liaison Officer
Humanitarian Affairs and Programme Development
Tel : +41 22 917 36 35
Sandra Aviles has worked with FAO since 1997 with progressive responsibility in policy analysis, in the development of agriculture investment programs and aid effectiveness. In addition to her work at FAO Headquarters as Senior Adviser on Resources Mobilization and Aide Effectiveness and as Executive Officer for the FAO Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., she has had assignments with other international organizations including IFAD, ILO and the World Bank. Since joining the FAO Office in Geneva in 2008, Ms Aviles acts as focal point and representative for matters related to FAO’s humanitarian work, in interagency (IASC) meetings, member state briefings, working groups on humanitarian issues and with the GHD (Good Humanitarian Donorship) donors. In the course of her current work, Ms Aviles led an eleven member inter-agency intercluster coordination mission to Colombia as part of the support to the humanitarian country team in implementing the reforms initiated in 2006. Ms Aviles has a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Economics from the American University in Paris and has pursued Graduate Studies in International Affairs, specializing in economic development and finance at the School of International Affairs, Columbia University, New York. She recently completed a Master degree in Policy and Negotiations at the Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development Studies in Geneva.
External Relations & Partnerships Officer
Tel: +41 22 917 27 70
Silvano joined the office in 2010 and deals with external relations and partnerships after serving for the UN WFP office in Geneva working on similar activities. His role includes promoting awareness of FAO's activities and mandate amongst Geneva-based diplomatic missions, international organizations, the private sector, civil society, the media as well as academic institutions. Silvano supports the development of multistakeholder partnerships with key actors of the International Geneva and represents and advocates for FAO at multilateral meetings involving UN, NGO and Governments' representatives. Silvano also provides policy and strategic advice to the Office. Prior to that, he worked for the communication unit of a Swiss private bank, for the World Economic Forum as part of several annual sessions in Davos, and for the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN as humanitarian affairs intern. Silvano holds an Executive MPA in public management from the Graduate Institute of Public Administration (IDHEAP) and a Master degree from the Graduate Institute of International Relations & Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID).
Programme Advisor, Global Food Security Cluster
Tel: + 41 22 917 10 28
I work with the global Food Security Cluster team, seconded from the IFRC. My position is currently hosted by the FAO Liaison Office in Geneva. I've worked in the humanitarian sector since 1994 in many different countries with the IFRC and for CARE International. My longest missions have been in Jordan/Iraq for four years and Vietnam for 2 years. I have two Masters degrees in International Human Rights Law and Development Studies. I'm English and speak French, Spanish and German.
Trade & Food Security Officer
Tel: 022 917 19 04
Georgios joined the FAO Office in Geneva in September 2013. He deals with trade issues and its relation to Food Security and Rural Development. He has a long experience, on the issue, as he has served the Greek administration both in Athens, working for the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and in Geneva, working for the Greek Permanent Mission. Additionally, he has supported the Cyprus Presidency of the EU as a trade officer at the Permanent Mission of Cyprus in Geneva. His role includes, inter-alia, monitoring the multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO and preparing reports on aspects having an impact on food security, monitor international policy developments in Geneva related to the mandate and the objectives of FAO, represent FAO at fora related to trade, food security and rural development and providing policy and strategic advice. Georgios holds a BA in the field Agricultural Economics and an MSc in the field of Rural and Regional development, both obtained in Greece.
Tel: +41 22 917 20 53
Raquel Garcia joined the FAO Office in Geneva in June 2013. She provides support for LOG's work in the coordination of events, research, reporting and production of analytical material. She currently is a Masters Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Raquel holds a BA in International Relations and Social Sciences, both completed in Brazil. Prior to interning at FAO, Raquel was an intern at the Brazilian Permanent Mission for the UN in Geneva and worked with international cooperation at the Government of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Tel: +41 22 917 36 83
Fax: +41 22 917 00 65
Margaret Omumbwa joined the FAO Office in February 2011 from the WFP Liaison Office in Geneva. Her work experience with WFP covering issues closely related to FAO is undoubtedly an asset and of added value to our team. She handles administrative and secretarial services.
Tel: +41 22 917 36 83
Fax: +41 22 917 00 65
Stéphanie Boubault joined the FAO Office in Geneva in March 2013 as Administrative Associate. Prior to that she has worked in the private sector in France for a few years before joining the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) in Bonn for 3 years as Budget Assistant. She then moved to Geneva to join the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Geneva (UNISDR) where she has worked for 11 years as Administrative Assistant and Budget & Finance Assistant.
MARIA ALVARES REYES
Tel: 022 917 36 81
Maria joined the FAO Office in Geneva in November 2013. Prior to interning at FAO LOG, she interned with the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva, and worked in political research and analysis at Ethos, a Mexican think tank, during the 2012 Mexican Elections. She is currently a MA Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology of Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. In addition to this, Maria holds a BA with a double major in Political Economy and Anthropology from the University of Sydney.
FORESTRY AND TIMBER SECTION, UNECE / FAO
Tel: +41 22 917 14 03
Dominique Reeb joined the office in February 2012 as Deputy Chief of the joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber section. He is holding a M. Sc. Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and has over 25 years work experience. He started in career in Germany working on the development and testing of the methodology of the first federal forest inventory. He then moved to development work and spent 14 years in West Africa mostly as team leader of a GIZ community forestry project. In 2000 he joined FAO headquarters as a Forestry Officer, then as Senior Forestry Officer in charge of participatory forestry. His work in Rome was mainly dealing with aspects of participatory processes for forest administration, participatory processes in the nfp framework, role of forestry in poverty alleviation, training in participatory approaches, conflict management, community-based forest fire management, community-based enterprise development, forest tenure, backstopping and supervisory missions of Technical Cooperation Projects and field programmes/projects in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. From 2007 till end of 2008 he was posted in the FAO Sub-regional Office for Central Asia in Ankara, Turkey, as Senior Forestry Officer. His work in Central Asia focused on nfp development, forest policy and legislation and forest tenure. From 2008 to January 2012 he was posted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as Chief Technical Adviser of the FAO project “Capacity Building and Institutional Development for Participatory Natural Resources Management and Conservation in Forest Areas of Mongolia”.
Forest Policy Officer
Tel: +41 22 917 28 70
Arnaud Brizay was seconded to the ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section in Geneva by the French Ministry of Agriculture. After completing his study in Agronomy in Paris, he specialized in Forestry in Nancy. Arnaud began his career in Ireland as an Agricultural Advisor for the French Embassy in Dublin. He was then appointed Chief of the Environment Department in a local authority in the North of France, where he was responsible for implementing forestry, hunting and fishing regulations, as well as for water policy and rural planning. Subsequently Attaché for Veterinary and Food Safety Affairs at the French Embassy in Berlin, he returned to the French Ministry of Agriculture to deal with the EU French Presidency in the Forest and Timber Directorate, where he became chief of the Section for Economic Development. Within the Forestry and Timber Section, Arnaud is in charge of the Forest Policy sector.
Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs
Tel: +41 22 917 39 22
Fax: +41 22 917 00 65
Eve Charles joined the Forestry and Timber Section in 2008. Prior to this, she worked as Project & Communications Manager for several NGOs, focusing on areas of risk governance, climate change and forest management. Eve studied in the UK and holds a Masters Degree in English and has experience teaching English. Eve recently completed a 2 year Diploma in International Environmental Law with a thesis titled, "A roadmap for forest policy in the pan-European Region - Could a binding regulatory framework benefit the sustainable management of pan-European forests?". In the first 3 years of her assignment, Eve worked on Forest Resources Assessment and was part of the team who produced the ECE/FAO/Forest Europe State of Europe Forests 2011 report. Part of Eve's tasks also include researching and writing on topics relating to the forest sector in the green economy and sustainable forest management in the UNECE region. Eve is also the Forestry and Timber Section’s focal point for communications and outreach activities. She was a major player in the organization of the European Forest Week 2008 and International Year of Forests 2011. She will now focus on organizing communication activities leading to the European Forest Week 2013 to be held during Metsä2013. She is also Secretary of the UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network.
Associate Professional Officer
Tel: + 41 22 917 28 72
Elina Warsta joined the office in November 2011 as an Associate Professional Officer (funded by Finland) to be part of the joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber section. She will focus on Forest Resources Assessment and Forest Policy issues, and will give general support for the section related to different activities. Prior to FAO, Elina worked as a researcher and a teaching assistant at the Forest Products Technology Department at Aalto University in Finland. Her research focused on lignin analysis with Raman spectroscopy, and in teaching she was developing new courses for bioresource technology. She holds a MSc in Forest Products Technology, and finished her Master’s thesis in Finnish Forest Research Institute related to climate change effects on forest trees. Elina is continuing her research (targeting to PhD) as a supervisor, and has finished her post graduate courses in Forest Products Chemistry and Plant Biology.