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FAO appoints new head of office for Central Asia

Photo: ©FAO/Giulio NapolitanoA senior United Nations official with field experience in Central Asia takes up duties this week as head of FAO’s Sub-regional Office for Central Asia, the Organization announced today.

Yuriko Shoji has been appointed as FAO’s Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative for Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, succeeding Mustapha M. Sinaceur who held the position for five years.

Shoji, a national of Japan, joined FAO in 2007 to head the technical cooperation unit in the field operations division at headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Most recently, she was director of the FAO office charged with overseeing a significant shift of authority to the Organization’s regional, sub-regional and country offices. Her work there focused on the vital link between headquarters and the field network, ensuring dialogue and coordination.Before joining FAO, Shoji was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Kazakhstan, from 2004 to 2007. Her wide-ranging work in this position spanned poverty reduction, environmental management, democratic governance, promoting gender equality and addressing HIV/AIDS.

During her time in Kazakhstan, Shoji worked to further the country’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals, was involved in work with the Global Environment Fund and in a regional water initiative.

Shoji holds a B.A. in Intercultural Communication from the International Christian University of Tokyo, Japan, and a Master of Professional Studies in Development Sociology from Cornell University, USA.

6 August 2014, Ankara, Turkey