Over the past twenty years, Mandeep O'Brien has served in the UN, across three agencies. Prior to her appointment as UNICEF Representative in Iran (July 2019), she was Deputy Director for Inter-governmental Relations, Resource Mobilization, IFIs Partnerships in the Public Partnerships Division (2016-2019) and Senior Adviser and Team Leader for UN Partnerships (2013-2016) in UNICEF Headquarters. She was UNFPA Deputy Representative and Representative a.i. in Viet Nam (2011-2013) and Strategic Planning Specialist in UNFPA New York (2006-2010) with a focus on social policy implementation in ten countries across Africa and Asia. Ms O'Brien started her UN career in 2000 as UNDP National UNV Coordinator in India and worked as National Programme Officer in India till 2005. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA); and a Master’s Degree in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (India) and Advanced Certification in Health Research Methods, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Ms O'Brien is a recipient of the President of India’s Kunda Datar gold medal for academic excellence. She is married and a proud mother of a daughter.
Alexander Fedulov has worked in the drug control field for more than 26 years, including senior managerial positions with UNODC in Kyrgyzstan, Iran and in the Federal Drug Control Services of the Russian Federation. He was FDCS Representative in the Republic of Austria with a diplomatic post as the Counsellor of the Embassy Russian Federation in Austria. He was a Chief of Unit, Department of International Cooperation FDSC of the Russian Federation and Chief of Forensic section at the police service of the Forensic Department of Moscow Main Directorate of Interior, Ministry of Interior. During his law enforcement service at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the Russian Federation, he served as member of the UN peace keeping contingent of the Russian MoI in Bosnia and Herzegovina in UNMIBH (UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 2000-2003. Among different positions within the UN peacekeeping mission to BiH, the latest was the IPTF Chief of Logistics of the UN Field Mission at HQ of UN mission to BiH in Saraevo. He holds a PhD in Political Science.
Ali A. Mojtahed Shabestari
Head of Office
Ali A. Mojtahed Shabestari is a career diplomat, and has over four decades of experience in conference diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. In addition to his services as DPR at the Iranian Mission to NY, Ambassador of IR Iran to Tajikistan, Ambassador to UN Geneva, Head of International Organizations Studies Group (IPIS), he served as the Head of UNOCHA, Tehran (2005-2011), Senior advisor to the Vice President & Head of DoE, also as a member of the Board of Directors of Iran National Environment Fund (IRNEF) and had short period cooperation with UNFPA and UNODC.
Dr Shabestari finished his studies in the field of Int. Economics, has in-depth understanding of UN system and excellent proficiency in partnership. He is skilled negotiator, mediator & honest broker. Dr Shabestari was decorated by “Peace & Friendship Award” of the Govt. of Tajikistan and officially appreciated by ICRC for the crucial role played in Inter-Tajik Peace Talks. He got extensive experience with research institutions, think tanks, NGOs; used to be lecturer at the School of International Relations (SIR) and Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Foreign Policy” published by IPIS.
Over the last 27 years working with the UN and UNDP (Mozambique, NY-HQ, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Bolivia, Timor-Leste and Iran) both in Humanitarian and Development context. Master in Management (EAP France) and also Biologist (BA Univ Republica Uruguay).
Cvetan Cvetkovski has worked in the legal field in Macedonia for 12 years, holding various positions including Legal Advisor at the Constitutional Court, Head of the Department for Human Rights in the Ministry of Justice, and Government Agent before the European Court of Human Rights. From 2000 to 2002 he was the Senior Advisor to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, United Nations. He has a PhD in Law from St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Dr Fardad Doroudi has been working in the United Nations since 1999; serving as UNAIDS Country Director since 2009. He got his doctorate in Medicine from Iran University of Medical Sciences in 1992. Dr Doroudi got his Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate in 1998 from the United States. He continued his studies in the field of Advanced Leadership and Management in Health Care and also Clinical Trial Research at McMaster University, Canada. Dr Doroudi completed Master of Public Health with Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr Doroudi has two decade of work experience in different United Nations agencies in various positions. Dr Doroudi has conducted researches in various fields at both national and international levels and published books and articles in the field of medicine and management. Dr Doroudi has served as facilitator and lecturer in various international conferences and workshops. Dr Doroudi has also performed as consultant to various international entities.
Gerold Bödeker took up his duties as FAO Representative in October 2018. He joined FAO in 1993 as Agricultural Economist in the Investment Centre at FAO Headquarters. In 1997 he was appointed Economist in the Global Perspective Studies Unit. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as Project Analyst in the Technical Cooperation Programme Service. In 2010, he was transferred to the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Head of Liaison Office in Tehran
Mr. Ikebe has served more than 17 years in different UN political and peacekeeping missions, with assignments spanning several continents and portfolios, particularly peace and reconciliation processes. Prior to the current assignment, he was Special Assistant to Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. Mr. Ikebe is national of Japan. He holds a Master’s degree in international peace and security from King’s College London, the United Kingdom.
Ivo Freijsen has 26 years of experience in the humanitarian field, having held senior management and leadership roles in a variety of countries including Jordan, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, Eritrea and Switzerland, working with UN-OCHA and NGOs such as MSF-Holland, Care USA and the European Commission (ECHO). In November 2018, he joined UNHCR as Representative in Tehran, Iran. He holds an MA in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern studies from Leiden University and also studied at the Clingendael Institute and Cairo University.
APDIM – UN ESCAP
Letizia Rossano was appointed as the Director of the Asia and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, APDIM, in ESCAP in March 2019. Ms Rossano is a permanent staff member of the United Nations Secretariat with over 24 years of service. Between April 2014 and February 2019 she was the Chief of Resource Mobilization in UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR. In 2014 and 2012, she was assigned as the only humanitarian advisor to the Syria mediation efforts of the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, and the Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Kofi Annan. In 2013 Letizia headed the System-wide resource mobilization unit in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. Between 2010-2011 she held the position of Senior Coordinator for the Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action with UNDRR, then UNISDR, in Geneva.
At the UN Headquarters in New York, in 2005-2009 she headed the IASC/ECHA Secretariat in OCHA and served from 2002 to 2005 with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as the Special Assistant to the Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service, dealing with issues related to antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions.
Between 1999 and 2001, Letizia served with OCHA Afghanistan, based in Islamabad, Pakistan as Emergency Coordination Officer. She started her career at the United Nations in 1994 as an Associate Expert/JPO with the then UN Drug Control Programme where, for two years, she worked in the Regional Office for South Asia, based in New Delhi, India. Letizia’s professional experience prior to joining the UN was in external relations and communications.
Letizia holds a Masters degree in Humanitarian Action and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, (1999); received a full Language Fellowship from Mount Holyoke College, in the United States where she lectured Italian and obtained a Certificate in Leadership and Complex Organizations (1991); and holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Bari, Italy (1989). Letizia is fluent in English; Italian (her mother tongue) and French and speaks conversational Urdu/Hindi.
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Maryam Javan Shahraki is UNIDO Representative in Iran since May 2017. She has a master’s and a PhD degree in Political Science and Development Studies from Tehran University, and a PhD in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She has also an MBA degree from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and Sharif University Management Institute. Before joining UNIDO, Javan Shahraki worked as the Director of Foreign Investment and International Affairs at the Supreme Council for Science, Research and Technology of Ministry of Science and Director of International Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade. Javan Shahraki has developed her academic career as Assistant Professor at the National Research Institute for Science Policy, where she teaches graduate courses in Technology Foresight, Strategic Planning and Development Theories and Conflicted Governance in the Middle East.
Michael O. Agboola
UN Security Adviser
Michael O. Agboola was appointed as the UNDSS Security Advisor for the Islamic Republic of Iran and resumed duty on 30 September 2019. He has 31 years of continuous Security/Law Enforcement experience which includes 17 years of international experience in five different UN field missions.
Prior to his current appointment, he was the Security Coordination Officer at the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for one and half years. Before then, he was the Deputy Chief Security Advisor for Liberia and served in that capacity for six years. Specifically, he served at different capacities in (East Timor) UNTEAT 2000 to 2002, (Liberia) UNMIL 2004 to 2005, (East Timor) UNMIT 2007 to 2008, (Lebanon) UNIIIC 2008 to 2009 and (Liberia) UNMIL 2009 to April 2018. Outside the UN and while serving with the Nigeria Police Force, he rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.
His training in both Police Academy and civil universities have provided him with a great sense of discretion and excellent skills in training, developing people, building trust, managing relationship, providing effective leadership, planning, and decision-making. He holds a bachelor’s Degree in Education/Economics and master’s degree in Business Administration - Management (MBA). He is a graduate of the Nigeria Police Staff College. He is married with children.
Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam has worked for UNIC Tehran since 1991 as Information Assistant and then as National Information Officer (NIO) from 1997 onward. Prior to working at UNIC, he worked as a journalist for the English Daily Kayhan International. He holds bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Educated at Harvard Business School in Strategic Thinking and Strategic Management, Dr Mohammad Safari also studied Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at University of Tehran; MA in Entrepreneurship at Shahid Beheshti University, MA in English Translation and Interpretation and BA in Theoretical Economics at University of Tehran. With UN Migration Agency (IOM) since 2008 in different capacities, Dr Safari initially served the organization in capacity of an intern and is currently leading the mission in the Islamic Republic of Iran. His forte is strategic management, business analysis, program development and management.
Head of Liaison Office
Mr. Heydarov has served in multiple management and advisory roles since 1995 in different UN political and peacekeeping missions, international organizations and private sector. He holds PhD. in International Relations and Development from the Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moscow, Russian Federation). Mr. Heydarov has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.
Negar Gerami holds a Masters degree in English and German Linguistics and Literature from Cologne University in Germany. She has a strong command of English and German languages. She joined WFP in 1999, appointed as Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge in 2006, and has been assigned as WFP Representative since 2008. She has valuable experience in the field of refugee and humanitarian affairs and is the first ever local WFP Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the only national WFP Representative worldwide.
Dr Sathya Doraiswamy is the UNFPA Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has over 20 years of experience in academia, government, NGOs, and in the United Nations (UNHCR and UNFPA). His academic background is a Bachelor in Medicine/ Surgery and Masters in Community Medicine from Chennai, India. He holds a Doctor of Health from the University of Bath, UK. He has graduate diplomas in Applied Population Research, Applied Statistics and Human Resource Management. He has worked and taught in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle-East in various capacities. Bulk of his career has been in supporting humanitarian health responses for refugees and other conflict-affected populations. He has several publications in leading journals and has presented in many global conferences.
Syed Jaffar Hussain
Country Representative and Head of Mission
Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain (Pakistan) has been reassigned as WHO Country Representative and Head of Mission, Islamic Republic of Iran effective 1 April 2021. Prior to joining as Head of Mission Iran, Dr Hussain was working as Chef de Cabinet, WHO Regional Office EMRO 1 July 2019-31 March 2021. Prior to that, Dr Hussain has worked as WHO Representative/Head of Mission Libya (September 2015-July 2019) and Head of Mission Tunisia (May 2016-Feb 2018). During this period Dr Hussain took the responsibility of Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. for a period of six months. Before joining Libya office, Dr Hussain worked as WHO Representative/Head of Mission for Iraq 2010-2015 including covering Syria for some time. His previous work assignment include serving as Regional Adviser Health Promotion/Violence, Injuries and Disabilities, WHO Regional Office for EMR since 2003. Dr Hussain holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Belford, United States, and a Master Degree in Hospital and Health Services Management from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and Medicine Degree from University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Prior to joining WHO Regional Office, Dr Hussain held the positions of Project Officer Child Health, UNICEF, Pakistan, WHO Technical Officer Child Health, Pakistan, and Health Coordinator in UNHCR, Pakistan/Afghanistan, from 1997 to January 2003. His government assignments include Assistant Director of the EPI, Assistant District Health Officer, Deputy Medical Superintendent Psychiatric Hospital, and National Programme Manager Lady Health Programme for Primary Health Care and Family Planning from 1990 to 1997. Dr Hussain worked extensively in emergency settings, particularly focusing on post-emergency health system strengthening as well as health issues of refuges and migrants in the Region and beyond. Dr Hussain served as Regional Ombudsperson 2006-2010. Dr Hussain has led many UN leadership initiatives with UN staff college, World Bank and WHO and the author of numerous publications in international journals.