Country-based Teams

Costa Rica

Jairo Serna is the Technical Advisor for the National Platform for Pineapple in Costa Rica. He oversees the implementation of priority actions of the Action Plan for the Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple. For 15 years, he has worked in research, conservation biology and democratic dialogue for government institutions of Costa Rica and international organizations such as the French Global Environment Facility, Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International. He has practical experience in at both national and international levels in agricultural commodities production and fisheries. He has provided technical support to national commodity platforms in Paraguay (soy and beef) and Costa Rica (large pelagic fisheries). 

Sandra Andraka is the National Coordinator and Fishery Advisor of the Large Pelagic Sustainable Fisheries Platform in Costa Rica and team member of the UNDP´s Global Sustainable Supply Chain for Marine Commodities Project. Sandra has more than 14 years of experience working in Latin America on marine conservation, fisheries management, policy work and advocacy, both nationally and internationally. Before joining UNDP, Sandra worked the World Wildlife Fund on terrestrial and marine conservation projects and also operated her own consultancy company. She holds an advance degree in Environmental and Rural Planning and a degree in Biology.

Sandra Ramírez Rivera is the Communications Advisor at the Large Pelagic Sustainable Fisheries Platform in Costa Rica. She is a journalist with a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Over the last 25 years, Sandra has worked as a strategic communications expert with both international and local organizations, developing communications strategies, media relations, communication campaigns on environmental issues and training programs for journalists. Over the past 10 year, as a consultant for organizations such as UNDP, IDB, CATIE, IRG, European Union, among others, she has focused her career on communications for responsible fisheries.

Denise Castro is the Administration Assistant at the Large Pelagic Sustainable Fisheries Platform in Costa Rica. Previously, she worked at UNDP as an administration and technical assistant at the National Platform for Pineapple and as an assistant for the Biodiversity Finance Initiative in Costa Rica. She holds university degrees in Agronomic Engineering and also has expertise in organic agriculture, as well as extensive experience in providing support to small organic producers on certification and the development of local markets. 

Côte d’Ivoire

Brou Yao Bernard is a Program Analyst for Sustainable Human Development with UNDP in Côte d’Ivoire. He oversees follow-up to the UNREDD+ Program and other environmental projects. Prior to this, he worked with UNDP Côte d’Ivoire as a Program Manager and was also an international consultant for FAO in Guinea Bissau. In 2010 he earned a Humphrey-Fulbright graduate certificate in natural resources management and climate change from Cornell University. He also holds a Masters degree in Geomatics and natural resources evaluation, and a postgraduate degree in environment protection and agricultural system improvement.

Dominican Republic

Soraya Rib is the National Coordinator of the Dominican Republic’s Cocoa Platform, playing a key role in engaging all the stakeholders. Prior to joining UNDP, she worked for FAO, for the Dominican Agribusiness Board and for the National Competitive Council on the development of agricultural clusters. She has also worked on developing strategic guidelines for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Association of Livestock Producers and Farmers and the American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation. 


Monica Andrade is a Programme Officer at the Environment and Energy Unit of UNDP Ecuador. For the past 13 years she has been focusing on environmental policy and management and has been promoting and coordinating governance and dialogue processes towards sustainable development in Latina America and the Caribbean. She is interested in national commodity plaltform development and sharing her experience in participatory processes. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden. 




Rita Effah is a Programme Officer at UNDP Ghana in charge of the Environmentally Sustainable Production Practices in Cocoa Landscapes. She also coordinates other projects on climate change policy and renewable energy at UNDP Ghana. Before joining UNDP, Rita worked as the Africa Programme Coordinator for The Energy and Resources Institute stationed in Ethiopia. She also worked as an assistant plantations supervisor and community forester with the Forest Services Division, Forestry Commission of Ghana in the Offinso district. She holds a Master of Science degree in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, USA. 

Augstus Asamoah is the Forestry Management and Conservation Specialist of UNDP’s Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production project in Ghana. He is a conservation ecologist with over 18 years field expereince in natural resources and environment management. He has expertise in biodiversity and agro-ecosystems management in relation to climate change and is a highly regarded ornithologists. Prior to joining UNDP, Augustus worked with the Ghana Wildlife Society.

Paolo Dalla Stella is a Programme Specialist at the UNDP Ghana, where he leads the Sustainable Development Cluster. With seven years experience in environmental project management, Paolo’s programme portfolio includes climate change, disaster risk reduction, green economy, sustainable energy, biodiversity conservation and chemicals management. Paolo holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Development Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy. 


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Tri Widjayanti is the National Project Manager for the UNDP Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative in Indonesia. Tri comes to GCP after a 30-year career with Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture where she specialized in hosting and managing multi-stakeholder dialogue for cocoa, coffee and palm oil. Throughout her career Tri regularly represented the Indonesian government at global commodity conferences as a delegate and trade negotiation advisor. Tri holds a Masters degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and is a graduate a of the Bogor Agricultural University.


Rusman Heriawan is the Platform Advisor for the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI). He has over 30 years experience working with the Indonesian government. He has a bachelor degree in Economics, and a Masters in Regional and Rural Development Planning. In 2004, Rusman obtained his doctorate in Agriculture Economics. He is also still active in the government sector as he is currently the President Commissioner of the CPO Fund and a Primary Researcher at Ministry of Agriculture. Rusman has extensive experience dealing with the agriculture sector, especially on palm oil in Indonesia, and he served as the Indonesia Vice Minister of Agriculture in 2011 to 2014.


Rini Indrayanti is the Platform Manager for Indonesian Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI). Rini has more than 15 years of experience in various development programs focusing on sustainable agriculture and post conflict and post disaster recovery. She holds a bachelor degree in management from Hasanuddin University and a master in development practice from the University of Queensland, Australia. Before joining UNDP, Rini was the Executive Director of Cocoa Sustainable Partnership, a multi-stakeholder forum for sustainable cocoa development in Indonesia. 

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Adinda Silitonga is the Communications Officer for the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI). She has a Master in Communication from RMIT University, Australia. She previously worked as a communication officer with ANZ Indonesia. Adinda was also a Knowledge Management and Communication officer at ISEAN (Islands of South East Asia Networks on MSM and Transgender Health) before she moved to B-Change Foundation, focusing on raising awareness on HIV/AIDS. She is also a writer and has written for several publications. 


Pisca Tias is the Good Growth Partnership Specialist in Indonesia. She recently completed a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University. Pisca has worked with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of the Agroforestry and Forestry project team. In 2013, Pisca joined SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) to support the REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme team. She also helped formulate green growth strategies for Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan with the Global Green Growth Institute.


Moses Massah heads up the Energy and Environment portfolio at UNDP in Liberia and is the principal national focal point for the Green Growth Partnership. He has more than 10 years experience building partnerships for as well as formulating and implementing energy and environment projects.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in general forestry and a Masters degree in regional planning with and emphasis on environment. As a forester, Moses is especially concerned about commodities as drivers of deforestation. 


Eduardo Allende is UNDP’s Programme Officer. Eduardo has more than 10 years experience working on sustainable development, public-private partnerships, strategic planning and international cooperation. He served as coordinator of the UNDP-GEF Green Production Landscape Project, supported by GCP. Eduardo is a Commercial Engineer with a license in Business Administration, a post graduate in Sociology and International Politics and a Master in International Studies for Peace, Conflicts and Development. 

Celeste Flores is the Executive Assistant at the National Soy and Beef Platform. She holds university degrees in International Business and Agribusiness. Celeste has extensive private sector experience, working with an import company as well as a corporate governance consultancy prior to joining the Green Commodities Programme. In these roles she handled customer service, public relations and event management. She is particularly interested in supporting sustainability in food production supply chain and natural resource management.

Oscar Ferreiro is the National Platform Coordinator and Chief Technical Advisor of the Green Production Landscape Project in Paraguay. He has long-standing experience in the public sector, having previously worked as National Parks and Environment Management Director for the Environment Secretariat Office of Paraguay. He also worked as national coordinator of sustainable projects for the GEF and the European Union and he has also worked extensively with the private sector. Oscar is a graduate and post-graduate university Professor in Environmental Policies and Legislations, Protected National Parks and Management, Evaluation and Audit of Environmental Impact. He is an Engineer in Agronomy with a Master in Natural Resources Management. 

Amílcar Cazal Echague is the Soy Technical Specialist for the National Soy and Beef Platform in Paraguay. During his professional career, Amílcar has held various positions within the private and public sectors. He consulted with various international cooperation projects and organizations, including: Banco Mundial, Fondos de Donación China, JICA, and the European Commission. Amílcar was also the Director of the Sectoral Programs of Exportation at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Paraguay. He holds qualifications in Agricultural Engineering, with an emphasis on agricultural production. 

César Meden Peláez is the Technical Specialist for Beef at the National Platform for Soy and Beef in Paraguay. Previously, he worked for the Foundation of Latin American Solidarity and was a coordinator and manager for various international programs that support the agricultural production sector. He also consulted with companies such as AGROCON and HP CAMPOS. César studied Agricultural Engineering, with an emphasis on animal production. 

Dalma González Núñez is the Communications Assistant of the Green Production Landscape Project in Paraguay. As a graduate journalist from the Autonomous University of Asuncion, she has worked over the last 10 years as a news producer and reporter, broadcasting stories about social issues facing the country. She has assisted in implementing communication campaigns, and was also a press officer in the private sector. Most recently she worked as a UNDP communication consultant in the public sector for the Public Function Secretariat conveying transparency policies


James Leslie is the Technical Advisor on Ecosystems and Climate Change in the UNDP Peru Country Office, where he is responsible for managing the portfolio focused on sustainable commodities and landscapes, environmental finance and biodiversity conservation.  Before joining UNDP, he collaborated with the World Bank, Yale University, the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy in Peru, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mozambique. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in forest governance from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Brown University, USA.  

Meike Carmen Willems is the Coffee Specialist for GCP in Peru. She is expert in design, formulation, and management of development projects with more than 10 years experience in rural economy and coffee production. She has a long track record of fundraising for rural development projects, with a focus on organizational strengthening, increasing the inclusion and income of women as well as youth involved with coffee production. Meike Carmen worked for 5 years for the National Coffee Union of Peru (JNC).

Carlos Diaz is the National Coordinator of GCP in Peru.  Carlos is a senior expert in development cooperation, working both in the public and private sectors. He has worked in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, among other countries, across various sectors and issues. Before joining UNDP, Carlos was responsible for economic development in HELVETAS, Swiss Intercooperation. Prior to that he held a number of positions, including as Sub-Director and Director of Economic Development of the Alternative Development Program of USAID-Peru. 

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Luciana Mendoza is the Communications Officer for GCP in Peru. She has more than eight years experience in strategic communications management. She previously worked as a communications and knowledge management specialist for the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP20 held in Lima, Peru. She also worked as a communication specialist at the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, managing publications and communication products.She holds  bachelors´ in Communications for Development and a Masters´ in Cultural Management.