Mr. Andrea Cararo supports UNITAR’s Chemicals and Waste Management Programme by coordinating the portfolio on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs). He has experience in international chemicals and waste management topics, including the Global Monitoring Plan (GMP) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Mr. Cararo holds a Master in European Economy and Business Law, with a focus on international law and economics. He is Italian, fluent in English and a basic user of French, German and Spanish.
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Ms. Angela Guillemot Montejo oversees the development of Minamata Initial Assessments (MIAs), and support for the development of national legal assessments towards the ratification of and compliance with the Minamata Convention. Furthermore, she supports other projects on developing legislation for management of chemicals and waste issues, in relation to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. She has worked at UNITAR for four years, and previously worked in the Law Office of the University of Boyacá as well as Legal Assistant at the Criminal Court No 5 in Tunja, Colombia. She holds a Master of Law, with a focus on political science. She is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English and French.
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Mr. Brandon Turner is a senior adviser and has 20 years’ experience in the field of chemicals and waste management. He provides technical support to a wide range of countries, with a current focus on addressing the management of PCBs, unintentionally produced POPs, and municipal and hazardous waste. He has developed numerous guidance and training materials, including guidance for developing formalization strategies for the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector.
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Ms. Ester Hermosilla is responsible for IT and administration, providing support across all levels of the programme.
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Ms. Fernanda Musskopf is responsible for the communication materials of the Chemicals and Waste Management programme of UNITAR. She also provides support to the programme’s e-Learning courses. She has more than five years’ experience on communications and has been working with UNITAR since 2014.
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Ms. Imelda Dossou Etui supports the mercury team, assisting countries with Minamata Initial Assessments (MIAs) projects, including the completion of the main components and the development of the MIA documents. Her work also includes support for countries in the identification and assessment of mercury-contaminated sites under the National Action Plans (NAPs) projects. Ms. Dossou Etui holds a Bachelor and a Master in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Physical and Chemical Processes of the Environment. She is a native French speaker, is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
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Mr. Jakob Maag is a senior expert on mercury. He trains and assists countries in their implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and provides technical input for the MercuryLearn platform. He is a key author of UN Environment’s Toolkit for identification and quantification of mercury releases, which he continues to develop and update in cooperation with UN Environment. He was a key author and project manager of the first Global Mercury Assessment (2002), and has managed or contributed to many other international and national studies and projects on mercury over the last 24 years, including: use and releases’ inventories, socio-economic assessments, substitution assessments, legal gap analyses, action plans, communications to stakeholders, conference planning, and international steering group facilitation. Mr. Maag has also worked on studies of many other hazardous chemicals. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in environmental chemistry, and is fluent in English and Danish, with working experience in French, German, Swedish and Norwegian.
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Mr. Jorden De Haan supports the mercury team with expertise on socio-economic topics, including assistance to countries in the development of National Action Plans (NAPs) for artisanal and small-scale gold mining. His experience includes field research in the African region, particularly in conflict-affected countries. Mr. De Haan holds an Advanced Master in Governance and Development, with a specialization in natural resource governance, as well as a Master in Human Resource Studies, with a specialization in occupational health. He is fluent in English and Dutch and has a working knowledge of French.
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Mr. Jorge Ocaña manages the Chemicals and Waste Management programme in UNITAR. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the chemicals and waste management field. He started his career at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, assisting the development of the North American Regional Action Plan for mercury and the PRTR publication entitled “Taking Stock”. He has also supported the development of PRTRs in Mexico and Chile. In the last years, he has supported country activities on mercury, PCB management and waste-related issues. He holds a Bachelor in Biology and a Master in Social Sciences. He is a native Spanish speaker but also speaks French and English.
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Mr. Nelson Manda provides expertise on issues such as mercury management and ASGM-related activities; he has a broad understanding of chemicals and waste management issues such as PCBs, pesticides and solid waste. His work experience includes time as a head of the chemicals and waste management department in Zambia.
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Mr. Oliver Wootton supports UNITAR’s Chemicals and Waste Management Programme by coordinating communications with implementing agencies for the mercury portfolio. He also coordinates UNITAR’s work on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), and the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention. He has six years’ experience in international chemicals and waste management topics, including in the SAICM secretariat, and previously spent worked in Malawi working on climate change and sustainable agriculture. He holds a Master in Business Strategy and the Environment. He is a native English speaker, but can also be contacted in French and Spanish.
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