Mr. Alexandre Lefèvre Jiménez supports UNITAR’s Chemicals and Waste Management Programme by providing translation and graphic design services, as well as coordinating communications with agencies and countries implementing projects. He holds a Bachelor in Modern Languages and Sociocultural studies, and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
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Mr. Alvaro Cano currently supports the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme in UNITAR developing National Action Plans (NAPs). Since 2014, he has been involved in the Artisanal Scale Gold Mining Sector (ASGM), holding posts as policy analyst, consultant and practitioner for, ministries, universities, think-tanks and mining companies. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Political Science, a Master of Science in Latin American Studies, and a Master of Applied Science in Mining Engineering. He is a fluent English and Spanish speaker, with an intermediate knowledge of French.
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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. Ester Hermosilla is responsible for IT and administration, providing support across all levels of the programme.
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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. 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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Ms. Julia Villalba supports UNITAR’s Chemical and Waste Management Programme by assisting countries in developing National Action Plans in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Sector (NAP-ASGM) and the Minamata Initial Assessments (MIA). She has professional experience in multi-stakeholder project management and capacity-building at national and international levels. She holds a Bachelor in International Relations and Political Science and a Master in Public Policy specializing in Development. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Catalan, with a working knowledge of French.
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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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