Meet the team

Andrew Bovarnick is the Global Head of the Green Commodities Programme, in charge of overseeing the programme's implementation. Andrew is also UNDP’s Lead Natural Resource Economist, guiding UNDP programmes on economic and market based approaches to global environmental problems. Andrew was charged with establishing GCP in 2009 and has since built up the team and programme. Andrew leads the programme with his global team and continues to develop new strategic initiatives and partnerships for GCP. Andrew is also a regular speaker at international conferences. Prior to joining UNDP, Andrew was a Senior Economic Consultant with Environmental Management Resources, a global consultancy working on a broad range of natural resource management and policy projects funded by international donor agencies and multinationals.
Leif Pedersen is a Senior Commodities Advisor for GCP. He develops and oversees project implementation, as well as provides expertise on agricultural commodities to all country offices. Until 2012, Leif was a Senior Manager at the Rainforest Alliance with responsibility for its Sustainable Coffee Programme. Prior to this he worked for seven years with UNDP as an Environmental Programme Officer in El Salvador and as member of UNDP’s Global Environment Facility team, managing a portfolio of biodiversity conservation and land degradation projects in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.
Nicolas Petit is a Senior Commodities Advisor currently focusing on Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia and Papua New Guinea. Nicolas has 20 years’ experience working on sustainable agricultural commodities, rural livelihoods and rural labour markets. He has worked for the European Commission, the UN and various NGOs. In his last position, Nicolas was the Director of Standards and Assurance for the Better Cotton Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on the promotion of more sustainable production practices in this sector.
Caroline Petersen is a Senior Strategic Initiatives Advisor with both GCP and the UNDP-Global Environmental Finance Unit. For GCP, Caroline leads the development of new strategic initiatives with a variety of partners to strengthen sustainable commodity production supported by UNDP, particularly to reduce deforestation from commodity supply chains, including palm oil, soybeans, beef and cocoa. Caroline brings a wealth of expertise and experience gained during 15 years as a sustainable development professional at national and international levels. Prior to her current role, Caroline was UNDP’s Principal Technical Adviser on Ecosystems and Biodiversity. Caroline has an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.
Charles O'Malley is GCP's Senior Partnerships Advisor. Charles has 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and change agent addressing a diverse range of social and environmental challenges. Recently he has been running a peer network for leaders and pioneers of change. Prior, as Head of Europe at AccountAbility, he was involved in advising large global companies on developing and deepening their corporate responsibility, sustainability and stakeholder engagement work. Earlier, he spent a decade working in accountancy, corporate finance and venture capital.
Lise Melvin is the Senior Platform Advisor at GCP, focusing on best practices for National Commodity Platforms and capacity building for platform practitioners. Before 2013, Lise served as the Chief Executive of the successful Better Cotton Initiative for seven years. She successfully developed strategies and global programmes to deliver a sustainable commodity supply chain in the cotton sector. She has over 14 years of experience working with NGOs, private sector and Governments on commodities, agriculture, sustainable development, supply chains and learning consultancy.
Pascal Fabié is GCP's Senior Adviser for Learning and Impact. Pascal has more than 20 years international experience in sustainable development with multinationals, the public sector, and NGOs working on environment, governance and education, focusing on organizational learning, accountability, strategic planning and transparency. Before joining GCP, he was on the management team of Transparency International, leading cross-regional learning, programme accountability, and capacity development, supporting a network of 100+ independent national entities.
Colleen McNally-Murphy is GCP's Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. Prior to joining GCP, Colleen worked with the UNDP Global Environment Facility's Results-Based Management unit for several years. There she managed the global portfolio of tracking tools as well as ensuring compliance and quality assurance related to reporting requirements. Prior to this, Colleen worked for a variety of international and non-profit organisations and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. Colleen is from California, USA.
Kifah Sasa Marín is the Sustainable Development and Resilience Programme Officer at UNDP, Costa Rica, and as a GCP Senior Programme Advisor, he provides technical expertise to all National Commodity Platforms. Kifah has over 15 years of professional experience as an international expert on sustainable development and natural resource management. He is a specialist on marine conservation, ethnobiology, tropical medicine and rural development. He was also a finalist of the Young Conservationist Award of IUCN.
Pascale Bonzom, is the Global Project Manager for the Good Growth Partnership, with a focus on Indonesia, Brazil, Liberia and Paraguay. She has experience within UNDP and on supply chains, having worked with UNDP on agriculture value chain and private sector development and engagement issues for over 13 years. Previously, Pascale worked for five years as a business consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, in London and New York. She has an engineering degree in Chemistry from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Toulouse, and a PhD in Chemistry from the School of Pharmacy, University College London.
Simon Cooper is Communications Lead for the UNDP Green Commodities Programme – Good Growth Partnership. Simon has extensive experience of strategy work with international sustainability organizations and Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives. He has worked with the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Better Cotton Initiative, ISEAL Alliance, Textile Exchange, 4C Association, SAN, Pesticide Action Network UK, the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Cotton Made in Africa and the Social and Labor Convergence Project. A qualified performance coach and business mediator, Simon previously spent 25 years as a broadcaster before becoming Communications Director at Classic FM, the UK’s national classical music radio station. With a first degree in Geography from Cambridge University, he graduated in 2005 with an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath. As our world comes to terms with the scale of our environmental, social and economic challenges, Simon is passionate about using every means of communication at our disposal – from face to face dialogue to the latest developments in Virtual Reality - to understand the problems and create solutions.
Rebecca Lake manages communications for the Good Growth Partnership, an initiative that is led by the Green Commodities Programme. After gaining a degree in media and politics, Rebecca began her career as a journalist in Australia and Indonesia before joining the UNDP in 2015 where she focused on communications and stakeholder engagement for the Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative. Rebecca previously consulted on projects for WWF, WRI, the RSPO and a number of advertising agencies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Marlon Flores is the Senior Technical Advisor on Targeted Scenario Analysis. This is an innovative approach to economic valuation that is centered on productive sectors. Marlon is a natural resource economist that has provided guidance to implement TSA studies since 2010. He joined the GCP Team in January, 2018. He has also supported UNDP-GEF projects related to biodiversity finance and economics by applying market and non-market financial instruments to protected areas’ finance; and lead the design of complex public-private biodiversity finance solutions linked to results-based budgeting and cost-effectiveness. Prior to UNDP, Marlon was a Senior PA Policy Advisor at the Nature Conservancy’s Worldwide Office in Arlington, Virginia.
Vanessa Briceño is GCP´s Administrative and Finance Assistant. She has extensive experience in the areas of administration, procurement, finance and management. Prior to working with GCP, Vanessa worked in the private sector for different multinationals, including, for example, Philip Morris International, Citibank and Amadeus IT Group.
Matías Ferreira is GCP’s Community Coordinator. Prior to joining GCP, Matías worked in the logistics and hospitality industries and volunteered for several years in non-profit organizations focused on poverty eradication. He holds a degree in International Business.
Aleksandra Atallah is GCP´s Programme Support Consultant, focusing on internal communications, work planning processes, and supporting with the development of strategic initiatives and private sector engagement. Prior to joining UNDP, Aleksandra worked for Transparency International (TI) in Germany for 5 years. During her time there, she ensured efficient and smooth-running operations for Senior Managers and coordinated internal communication and knowledge sharing across regional, programme and fundraising departments. In addition, Aleksandra was responsible for the effective participation of TI’s national offices in global programme activities and coordinated internal programme reviews.
Aline de Silva is GCP’s Programme Management and Communications support consultant. She mainly focuses on the communication and coordination of the Good Growth Partnership. Prior to joining GCP, Aline worked with the UNDP Equator Initiative on the organization of the Equator Prize 2017, an award recognizing local communities and indigenous peoples’ nature-based solutions for sustainable development, and supported the selection process of the 2017 winners. Aline has also worked in the not-for profit sector, including with the Sustainable Business Network and the Living Future Institute of Australia. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations and Sustainable Development from the Political Science Schools of Rennes and Bordeaux (France).

Meet our 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.
Miriam Miranda is the Coordinator for the Production Landscapes Project in Costa Rica. Before joining UNDP, she directed several projects, including the REDD+ Project. The main focuses of these were to develop regularization tools for the Costa Rican environmental protected areas. One of her key contributions was establishing the Costa Rican Territorial Information System. She obtained her PhD from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she focused her studies on Sustainable Development and environmental policies.

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.
Jean Paul Aka is GCP’s National Commodities Adviser in Cote d’Ivoire. As an agronomist, with a specialization in forestry and environment, he has six years professional experience and expertise in sustainable agriculture, sustainable forest management and REDD+. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked at Côte d'Ivoire's REDD+ Secretariat, as Head of the National REDD + Strategy and Partnership with the Private Sector to reduce deforestation in the Cocoa and Oil Palm Supply Chains. He also coordinated the development of the national zero deforestation agriculture policy that forms the basis of Côte d'Ivoire's first project proposal to the Global Climate Fund.

Ecuador

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.
Ana Maria Nunez is a Programme Officer in the UNDP Ecuador Energy and Environment Unit She has more than 10 years experience in sustainable development issues with emphasis on energy, climate change, chemicals and waste, technology dynamics, environment, among others. Before joining UNDP, Ana María conducted research related to technological impact assessments at the system level, and she designed, coordinated, monitored and implemented projects in developing countries related to climate change. She is a Chemical Engineer and holds a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technology, with a specialization in Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and a Master in Renewable Energy Management.

Ghana

Paolo Dalla Stella is a Programme Specialist at 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.
Ayirebi Frimpongworks with the UNDP Ghana team as the focal point for the UNDP Environmentally Sustainable Production Practices in Cocoa Landscapes Phase II project. Prior to this, he worked as the Project Coordinator on UNDP’s Green Climate Fund Readiness Project to build the capacity of national institutions in Ghana to access climate finance. He has over nine years of experience as a sustainable development professional, with a focus on natural resources management, climate change and impact assessment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management and a Master’s degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Auditing from the University of East Anglia in England.
Kwame Kusi-Wiredu Asumadu is the Forest Management and Conservation Specialist for the ESP project. Kwame has 7 years experience with local and international NGOs on developmental issues focusing on climate change, sustainable development, ecosystems assessment and valuation, as well as natural capital for human wellbeing. He has worked as a facilitator and Programme Officer in the cocoa-forest landscape focusing on community-based land administration, tree tenure, benefit sharing and other agro-forestry and climate change mitigation strategies. He interned with IUCN Netherlands later conducted research in Uganda. Kwame holds an MSc. in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and a BSc. in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Indonesia

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.
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.
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.

Liberia

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.
Galah Toto is the National Platform Manager in Liberia. He brings over 10 years experience in food security, livelihoods, agroforestry, and agricultural planning and extension services in non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam and WeltHungerhlife. Before joining UNDP, Galah led the implementation of programmes related to rural development, climate smart agriculture and agricultural value chain in rural and urban Liberia. Galah holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the Ogbomosho University of Technology, Nigeria.
Ronald Cumberbatch is the Good Growth Partnership project manager for Liberia. He is a sustainable development practitioner with over 11 years experience in managing complex national and field-based programs and projects for Governments, NGOs and international development organizations. He is specialized in policy development, program management, livelihood development and governance. This included over eight years in-country experience in Guyana, South America and the Caribbean. Ronald has completed post-graduate studies in Environmental Management, Forestry Science and Business development.

Papua New Guinea

Mirzohaydar Isoev is the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project Chief Technical Advisor at UNDP Papua New Guinea (PNG). He provides advice to PNG Government counterparts and facilitates coordination and knowledge building activities among stakeholders. Mirzohaydar has over 15 years of environmental conservation experience in the countries of Central Asia, including protected areas management, forest management, climate change and sustainable land management as well as environmental education. During his previous experiences with UNDP, Mirzohaydar managed various projects and focused on partnership building through the establishment of Task Forces for conservation. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership, with particular reference to leadership and management over natural resources from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Master of Science in International Economics from the Technological University of Tajikistan.
Sam Moko is the National Palm Oil Platform Coordinator in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Sam has over 15 years experience in the private and public sectors. He worked eight years for Greenpeace Australia-Pacific as the PNG Forests Campaigner, and worked for two years as the Stakeholder Engagement Officer with the United Nations Development Programme’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project. During this time, he strengthened relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from the private sector, NGOs and government agencies and succeeded in bringing these various actors together to discuss issues and find solutions.
Jordan Bulo is the National Palm Oil Platform Technical Specialist in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Jordan has over 9 years experience in the Private and Public Sector. He has worked in the palm oil industry, mining, environment and climate change, forestry for over 6 years before joining Sub-National Government and National Level Government in Environment and Climate Change. Before joining the PNG Palm Oil Platform, he was engaged as the National Consultant in Multi-Sectoral Interagency Coordination and Planning under the UNDP Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Forestry Science from Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

Paraguay

Mirtha Lorena Giménez Pereira is the General Coordinator of the Green Commodities Programme in Paraguay. Before joining UNDP, Mirtha was the sub-regional representative for America for the World Organization for Animal Health. She also worked for the USA-Paraguay Chamber of Commerce and represented Paraguay as the Diplomatic and Agricultural Counsellor for the European Union. She also managed and supported the development of projects with the Canadian International Development Agency in Latin America and worked as innovations manager for Pfizer Mexico. Mirtha is a Doctor in Veterinary Science and has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Studies from Massey University (New Zealand).
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.
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.
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.

Peru

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.
Cecilia Huamanchumo is the Coffee Specialist for Green Commodities Program in Peru. With over 15 years experience, Cecilia has a long track record in developing programs and in project implementation. She also has experience in managing public funds earmarked for strengthening small agricultural businesses, for scientific research, technological development, as well as for advancing innovation. Cecilia held key positions promoting the development of sustainable commodities such as coffee and cocoa in the Peruvian Amazon, and has vast experience and knowledge on issues affecting small and medium size agricultural endeavours in this region.
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.