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UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria

Ms. Margaret Akullo is the Project Coordinator for GLO.ACT and is based at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna. She is providing oversight and strategic guidance to the coordination of project activities by all three UN agencies and in all 13 countries. Margaret is a Criminologist with a long standing career of 26 years, having worked in different managerial capacities on regional and multi-country programs addressing criminal issues related to drug trafficking, murder enquires, human trafficking and crimes against children. Margaret previously worked with the London Metropolitan Police Service, UK Shelter Homeless Charity, the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, and UNODC offices in Uzbekistan, Albania and Thailand.


Ms. Aimée Comrie Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer and the policy lead on GLO.ACT. She is a qualified lawyer with a background in international criminal law and has direct experience investigating crimes against humanity and war crimes, including enslavement and the conscription of children by armed groups. From 2004-2011 she conducted investigations for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad, and Uganda with vulnerable victims as well as suspects. From 2011-2015 she served as Adviser to the OSCE Special Representative on trafficking in human beings where she was the lead for the criminal justice portfolio including on capacity building for judges and prosecutors. She holds both civil and common law degrees as well as a B.A. in Anthropology and a Masters in Forced Migration Studies.


Ms. Snow White Smelser is the GLO.ACT Project Officer. She has 10 years of field experience with UNODC and the Royal Thai Police on responding to transnational child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Since 2010, she has served as the deputy to the Regional Coordinators for Border Management and for Combatting Child Sex Offending, delivering activities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. She has coordinated training events, promoted international standards in parliamentary law drafting committees and organized a child protection study tour for criminal justice officials on multidisciplinary responses to child sexual abuse from discovery to recovery.


Ms. Emmanuelle Kunigk is the GLO.ACT Communications Consultant and has 10 years of communications experience in the not for profit sector as well as the private sector. Emmanuelle also worked for the UNODC as regional Communications Officer for the organisations Southeast Asia and the Pacific office. As communications consultant Emmanuelle plays an integral part in the way organisations communicate the impact of their work on their intended beneficiaries, as well as helping to secure some major grants and awards. Prior to working as a consultant and for UNODC, Emmanuelle worked for the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (ONACC) where she was the organisation's lead project coordinator for the 14th IACC. Emmanuelle holds a BA (Hon) from School of Oriental and African Studies, an MSc from the London School of Economics and is Vice-Chair of the Board of a trading and contracting company based in Lebanon.


Mr. Ashenafi Gebreegziabher has been a Programme Assistant at UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, since December 2011. Previously he worked as an IT Trainer in UNECA the Information Technology Service section UNODC for ten years. He is the focal point for financial and Administrative matters of the section at HQ and in the field. His tasks include preparing budget proposals, financial reports to donors, monitoring the financial status of the three Global projects within the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section and Regular Budget including assisting on the recruitment of staff.


Mr. Aleksandar Stajić is an administrative assistant who previously worked as a project manager of the regional EU-funded project in South East Europe (SEE) and Middle East North Africa (MENA) for UNODC. He was also a law enforcement expert in Serbia office. Prior to that Saša worked on smuggling of migrants cases as part of law enforcement cooperation in British Embassy in Serbia. Saša was also an English-Serbian interpreter for a number of years and freelance music journalist for all major media in Serbia. In UNODC Vienna, Saša worked on administrative issues in Anti-Corruption, Research and now with GLO.ACT in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section.


UNODC Field Offices in Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa and Ukraine

Ms. Fernanda Fuentes Munoz is a programme analyst at UNODC Brazil and national focal point for GLO.ACT. Prior to joining UNODC, Fernanda worked at the Institute for Applied Economic Research. She was engaged at the International Cooperation for Development Coordination participating in the research The Socio-demographic Profile of Refugees in Brazil, as well as the ongoing survey of the Brazilian Cooperation for International Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Brasilia, an M.A. in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Chile, and a B.A. in Commercial Engineering from the Diego Portales University.  
Mr. Carlos Andres Perez is leading the implementation of GLO.ACT in Colombia. Previously, he was the Coordinator of the Project against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants in UNODC in Colombia. Before UNODC he was an Adviser on Human Rights at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affair. Carlos is a lawyer, having graduated from the Universidad Autónoma UNAB Specialist in Criminal Law and Master in International Law of Human Rights from the University for Peace UPEACE in Costa Rica, Diploma in International Human Rights Protection Systems from American University WCL and the IACHR, with studies on gender and transitional justice.  
Madina Sarieva works as the National Project Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Kyrgyz Republic. She joined UNODC in 2007 and has been working on variety of UNODC projects on combating illicit drug trafficking, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, crime prevention, prison reform and trafficking in persons. She is providing substantive and administrative support for the implementation of GLO.ACT activities in Kyrgyzstan as well as implementation of TIP related project activities in Central Asia. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Law at the State Law Academy in Kyrgyzstan.  
Ms. Siliphaithoun Xayamoungkhoun is the National Project Officer for GLO.ACT, the EU-UNODC initiative - Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrant in Lao PDR. She has been working in the social development field for almost 10 years, collaborating with the Lao government and international development partners. She used to work for education, health, agriculture and SME development and lastly on Anti-human trafficking with UNODC in Laos. She often takes initiative on multi agency joint activities for mutual benefit and cost efficiency. She has also been granted a Fulbright research scholarship on human trafficking trends in Northern Laos; the research will provide this project with a thorough understanding of Lao migrants' workers issue.  
Mr. Moylaye Arby is the National Project Officerfor GLO.ACT in Mali.  
Mr. Younes Benmoumen is the National Project Officer for GLO.ACT in Morocco. Before that, he was a development consultant in Libya and Morocco and Project Manager at UN Women in Rabat (Morocco) working in the field of access of women to justice, Violence against Women and human trafficking. At UNODC, Younes is implementing and coordinating the GLO.ACT activities of GLO.ACT and with the support of UNODC's team in Morocco. Younes holds a Bachelor's degree in Development Economics from Paris-Dauphine University and a Master's degree in International relations and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris.  
Ms. Binija Dhital Goperma is the Program Coordinator with the UNODC office in Nepal since 2008 and is responsible for the overall management and delivery of UNODC's program in Nepal. She had extensive experience in UN technical assistance programming exhibits sound knowledge on Programme Management, Gender Responsive Planning, Planning and Policy development, advocacy and awareness, in the area of Drug Use Prevention, HIV/AIDS and Migration and Anti Human trafficking. She has over twelve years of experience in working with diversified systems, sectors, organizations and clientele i.e., the private sector, civil society, government, donors/international bilateral agencies and the UN/other multilateral agencies.  
Mr. Maman Sadissou Laouali is the National Project officer for GLO.ACT in Niger. He is a Magistrate and has held positions such as the President of a district court, investigator judge, deputy prosecutor and recently as Vice President and President of the High Court in Agadez and Zinder respectively. Laouali has a degree in law from the University of Lome in Togo , inluding a diploma from the Judicial Training Center of Dakar in Senegal, a diploma from the National School of Administration of France, a Masters in Public Administration from University of Strasbourg/France and several certificates covering issues on human rights, international criminal law, refugee law, negotiations techniques.  
Ms. Shahida Gilani is the Programme Officer on Human Trafficking And Migrant Smuggling for UNODC Country Office Pakistan. Shahida is providing substantive and technical expertise for the implementation of activities, as well contributing to the technical consultations with donors and other actors, in relation to measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants. Shahida is a development expert for 20 years of professional experience. She has worked in different capacities with the EU project "Civilian Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Agencies on Counter terrorism, Interfaith League against Poverty, Ministry of Finance, Pakistan, FAO and UNDP funded project of agriculture extension with Government of AJK, Pakistan. Shahida has also worked as a legal practioner in higher courts of Pakistan. She holds a Master Degree in Business administration and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) Degree.  
Mr. Banele I. Kunene is the National Project Officerfor GLO.ACT in South Africa. He is an Economist and has held positions such as Survey Statistician at Statistics South Africa, Programme Assistant at United Nations Population Fund in South Africa. He has also worked for the World Health Organization in South Africa as a Data Manager for the National Health Accounts. He studied at the University of Johannesburg for a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics and is currently registered at the University of Witwatersrand for postgraduate studies in Migration and Displacement.  
Mr. Rostyslav Gavrylov is the National Project Officer for GLO.ACT in Ukraine, the EU-UNODC initiative - Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrant. Rostyslav is based at UNODC PO in Ukraine, Kyiv and is currently providing coordination and assistance of project activities in Ukraine and Belarus. Rostyslav has legal background specializing in criminal justice and over 11 years of experience in communications and advocacy on national and international levels, providing professional counselling and support in private and public sectors.  

IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

Ms. Heather Komenda is a counter trafficking professional with 12 years of experience implementing counter trafficking projects in emergency, post-conflict, and development contexts. She joined IOM in 2004 and has worked in South East Asia, East Africa and the Horn, and the Middle East and North Africa. She has provided technical assistance and advisory services to governments in the development of counter trafficking legislation, national plans of action, and national referral mechanisms; capacity development services to national police departments, immigration services, government ministries, service providers, and civil society organizations; and has overseen provision of direct assistance services to hundreds of vulnerable migrants. In addition to her counter trafficking work, Heather has worked extensively on organizational development initiatives aimed at improving project and performance management. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in Political Science from the University of Manitoba.


Ms. Noëlle Darbellay is the IOM project officer for the GLO.ACT. She joined IOM in 2012 and has worked at IOM Geneva headquarters, Burundi and Morocco. She has been working on vulnerable migrant assistance issues such as the reintegration of vulnerable migrants in their home communities, counter-trafficking issues and assisted voluntary return and reintegration. In addition to her work on assistance to vulnerable migrants, Noelle has been working extensively on project development on a wide range of topics. Noëlle previously worked with governmental and non-governmental organizations in Switzerland. She hold a Master Degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal.


UNICEF Headquarters in New York, U.S.A

Ms. Katharina Thon is a Child Protection Officer in the Social Welfare and Justice Team at UNICEF HQ New York, where she supports the team in all matters related to children on the move. She joined the UN as a JPO in 2015 and spent her first year in DPKO, working on children and armed conflict, in particular on the development and roll out of training for the military and police component of peacekeeping missions. Prior to her assignment at the UN Katharina worked for SOS Children's Villages Austria, Child Welfare South Africa, the SRSG on Violence against Children and the German Children Fund. In addition to her child protection work, Katharina has served as an officer in the German Armed Forces for more than six years where she was responsible for designing, carrying out and supervising the pre-deployment training for conflict prevention and crisis management as well as civil military cooperation. Katharina holds a Master degree in educational science from the University of Bielefeld, Germany.


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