Title: Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat, UN Global Compact Office
Topics: Global Compact
Jonas Haertle is Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Office. The mission of the PRME initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. In his role as coordinator for Global Compact Local Networks he works with the country networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Haertle holds a master's degree in European Studies of Hamburg University. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
Title: Chief of Unit, United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa
Topics: Africa and Economic Development
Mr. David Mehdi Hamam is currently Chief of the Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit (PAMU), in the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA). His areas of expertise revolves around Africa’s socio-economic development; New Partnerships for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Macro-economics; Africa’s cooperation with new and emerging development partners; Africa’s economic diversification; private sector development in Africa; and the link between peace, security and development.
Prior to his United Nations functions, Mr. Hamam was an Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, respectively. He has a PhD in International Economics and a doctorate degree in Macro-economics and Development Economics.
Topics: Africa and Foreign Affairs General
Mr. Patrick Hayford is the former the Director of the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa at the UN Headquarters. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Hayford served as Director for African Affairs in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His thirty-three year diplomatic career in Ghana’s Foreign Service included tours of duty in New York, Egypt, the United Kingdom and South Africa where he served as Ambassador of Ghana from 1997 through 1999. From 1986-1988 and again from 1992-1995, he was Director of International Organizations and Conferences at the Foreign Ministry in Ghana.
Title: Social Affairs Officer, NGO Unit of the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Topics: Social Development, Youth, Civil Society, Poverty, Electoral Assistance, and Globalization
Mr. Maxwell Haywood has been working at the United Nations as a Social Affairs Officer over the past 15 years. At the United Nations, he has done work in many areas including civil society or NGO relations, poverty eradication, racism, youth development, higher education, conflict prevention, drug control, social integration, and election monitoring. He has gone on many missions for the United Nations in many countries. Presently, he works in the NGO Unit of the Division for Social Policy and Development, in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Haywood worked in the academic area within the City University of New York. He served as Head Social Sciences Tutor at Medgar Evers College, and as a Coordinator of the Science and Technology Entry Programme at Hunter College. He has also published many articles covering economic development, social development, history, democracy, and culture. He has Degrees in Public Administration and Education, Human Resources Development and Public Policy; and Business Management.
Title: Chief of Protocol of the United Nations (retired)
Topics: United Nations Overview, United Nations Reform, and Peacekeeping
Ms. Alice Hecht has been the Chief of Protocol of the United Nations since January 2006. Her United Nations experience began in March 1974, in the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Subsequently, she served the Organization in several capacities at Headquarters and in the field, serving as Chief Administrative Officer of the United Nations Monitoring and Verification and the United Nations Special Commission for Iraq. In 2003, Ms. Hecht was appointed director of Administration of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), with particular responsibility for ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of UNMIK's work, providing policy advice, and assisting the Special Representative of the Secretary General in fulfilling his mandate.
Ms. Hecht was born and educated in Belgium. She holds a Licence en Sciences Sociales, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Ms. Hecht is married and has one son.
Title: Adviser on Population and Economics, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Topic: Economic development, demographic change, globalization, Millennium Development Goals
Michael Herrmann is economics adviser with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and member of the United Nations lead economist network. He is responsible for assessing the linkages between demographic and economic change, and for informing policy dialogues on international development priorities and goals. His focus is on sustainable development, green and inclusive economic growth, and poverty; employment, social security, and pension; as well as the global financial and economic crisis, sovereign debt, and macroeconomic policies.
Previously, Mr. Hermann worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where he coauthored the Trade and Development Report (2008-2009) and Least Developed Countries Report (2000-2008), and contributed to various issues of UNCTAD’s World Investment Report. He lectured economic policy and development in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, and published on a range of issues, including population aging, international trade and finance, investment and technology, commodity markets and foods security, and employment and poverty.
Title: Staff Development Officer, United Nations Secretariat
Topic: Human Resources
Ms. Katarina Holm-Didio currently works as a Staff Development Officer at the UN Secretariat. Her responsibilities including managing reassignment programmes for UN staff, providing career advice to staff, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Career Resource Centre in NY MS. Holm-Didio joined the UN Secretariat Staffing Service in 2003 through the National Competitive Recruitment Exam (NCE) as a Human Resources Officer working closely with departments on their recruiting and staffing needs. Prior to joining the UN she worked as the Assistant Director at the Office of Career Services at SIPA / Columbia University, where she managed the internship program and taught career development workshops. She has a Masters Degree in Social Sciences.
Title: Chief of Global Economic Monitoring, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Topics: Economic Development and Globalization
Dr. Pingfan Hong is Chief of Global Economic Monitoring in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations. He is in charge of producing a global economic outlook for various UN reports and publications, including the World Economic Situation and Prospects, and the LINK Global Economic Outlook. His research work focuses on the areas of international economics, macroeconomic policy, econometric modelling, the US economy and the Chinese economy. Before joining the UN, he worked in the State Planning Commission of China. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and a dual Master in Computer Sciences and Management Sciences from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received the World Bank McNamara Fellowship in 1985.
Title: Deputy Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Topics: Terrorism, Peacekeeping and United Nations Overview
Mr. Mitchell Hsieh is currently a Deputy Secretary at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Prior to that he was a Public Information Officer for the UN ESCAP Information Services (UNIS). He was previously the Public Information Officer for the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in New York. His areas of expertise consist of counter-terrorism, peacekeeping missions, and general UN knowledge and information. He began his career with the United Nations in 1996 when he received his first posting in Vienna, Austria, as a political affairs officer with the Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA). He also served as a spokesman for the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). Mr. Hsieh was an editor and writer of the UN News Centre in the UN Department of Public Information, which he joined in 1999. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Hsieh served with the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) as editor and publisher of the mission’s bi-monthly newspaper, Tais Timor. Mitch Hsieh grew up in Bothell, Washington, near Seattle. He attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in journalism.
Title: Humanitarian Affairs Officer United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Topics: Humanitarian Assistance, Peace Building, and Africa
Mr. Chris Hyslop is a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. As the Desk Officer for Uganda, Mr. Hyslop is the focal point for the Juba Peace Talks mediated by the Government of South Sudan between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army. He led UN efforts to broaden international support for peace talks in Uganda as well as post-settlement planning for recovery and reconciliation.
In over 10 years in the field, he has managed humanitarian coordination, programs, and policy in major international crisis including Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Chechnya, Liberia, Iraq and Uganda. Mr. Hyslop first attended Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he received his B.A. in Anthropology, then went to Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN where he got his B.S. in Education, then went on to receive a M.P.A. in Public Administration and International Affairs at Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, in Cambridge MA.