Our Team in Yemen

David Gressly

David Gressly

Resident Coordinator Humanitarian Coordinator
Mr. Gressly brings over 40 years of international experience in peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and development to the role, including a wealth of humanitarian leadership and extensive political and security knowledge in complex emergencies and conflict situations. At the United Nations, he held several leadership positions, including, most recently, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Protection and Operations for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

Hans Grundberg

Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen
Serving since 2019 as Ambassador of the European Union to Yemen, Mr. Grundberg brings over 20 years of experience in international affairs, including over 15 years working in conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation, with focus on the Middle East. He previously headed the Gulf Division at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm during the time that Sweden hosted the United Nations-facilitated negotiations that culminated in the Stockholm Agreement in 2018.
Mr. Grundberg is a career diplomat, having served with both Swedish and European Union missions abroad, with postings in Cairo and Jerusalem, as well as Brussels, where he chaired the Middle East/Gulf Working Group of the European Council during the 2009 Swedish presidency of the European Union.
He holds a Master of Science in business and economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Major General Beary

Major General (retired) Michael Beary

Head of Mission for the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Major General (retired) Michael Beary of Ireland as Head of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) and Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on 23 December 2021.
Major General Beary brings a wealth of experience in military operations and United Nations peace operations gained over 40 years of overseas military deployments, including in Afghanistan, the Blakans, Croatia, Iraq, Somalia and Uganda. From 2016 to 2018, Major General Beary served as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Prior to the appointment in Lebanon, he served as Commander of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia and General Officer commanding Second Brigade in the Irish Defence Forces with a wide variety of assignments, holding command and staff officer appointments, including at the unit, brigade and defence force headquarters levels. General Beary has lectured at universities in Ireland, authored publications on international peacekeeping, while also having led United Nations Boards of Inquiry in Africa.
Major General Beary holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Studies and a Master of Science in national security strategy. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff School of the Irish Defence Forces, University College Galway, the Smurfit Business School University College Dublin and the National War College at the National Defence University in Washington, D.C.
Richard Ragan

Richard Ragan

Richard Ragan joined Yemen as the Country Representative in February 2022. As a senior UN official, he’s served previously as WFP Representative in seven countries: Bangladesh, Libya, Liberia,Nepal, Tanzania, North Korea, and Zambia.
As Acting Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), he opened the Liberia Office and managed operations as part of the UN Secretary General’s Ebola Emergency Response Mission (UNMEER). Based in South Africa, he also served as WFP’s Deputy Regional Director covering the East and Southern Africa region and as the WFP Emergency Co-ordinator for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Response. In addition to his public service career, he’s spent time in the private sector as a Senior Director with Vulcan, Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's company.
He started his career in WFP as the Deputy Country Director in China and has also worked on complex emergencies in East Timor, Kosovo.
Mr. Ragan holds a Master’s degree in International Development/Administration from SIT, Brattleboro, VT, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ole Miss, Oxford, MS.
Richard is married and has three children.
Salah El Din Khaled

Salah El Din Zaki Khaled

Director of Doha Office for Gulf States and Yemen, UNESCO Representative to Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
Mr. Salah Khaled is appointed as the Director of UNESCO Doha Office for Gulf States and Yemen, and UNESCO Representative to Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, as of 1 May 2022. Mr Khaled’s career with the United Na􀆟ons began in 1993, with the Operational Unit for Development Assistance (OUDA), a UNDP and Ministry of Foreign Affairs programme in Egypt, and subsequently at the UNICEF Office in Cairo from 1995 to 2001.
He joined UNESCO in 2001 taking up several key positions in the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, including some post-conflict and post-disaster
countries. From 2001 to 2003, he was Chief of the Iraq Liaison and Procurement Unit based in Amman (Jordan) facilita􀆟ng the Organiza􀆟on’s opera􀆟ons in Iraq under the
Oil for Food Programme. From 2003 to 2011, as Liaison and Administrative Officer in the UNESCO Iraq Office (Amman) where he contributed to the establishment of the extrabudgetary funded porfolio for Iraq and also participated in several UN System-wide joint programming for the restructuring of the educa􀆟on system, protection of cultural heritage, peace building and conflicts resolution. In 2010, Mr Khaled provided backstopping in the Portau-Prince Office in the aftermath of the devastating Earthquake, coordinating the response of the Organization in relief programmes. In 2011, he served as Officer-in-Charge for the UNESCO Office in Islamabad (Pakistan),
and then from 2011 to 2012 he served first as Officer-in-Charge at the UNESCO Office in Juba and then in 2013 as Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to South Sudan.
Mr Khaled has also served in North Africa region from 2016 to 2018 as Regional Director a.i. of the UNESCO Office in Rabat and UNESCO representative to Morocco,
Mauritania, Algeria and Tunisia. Before joining the UNESCO Doha Office for the Gulf States and Yemen, Mr Khaled latest post was Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Central Africa based in Yaoundé (Cameroon) and UNESCO Representative to Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and SaoTome and Principe.
A graduate of the American University in Cairo with a BA in Political Sciences and a MBA in Human Development from the Arab Academy in Alexandria, he speaks fluently
English, French, Spanish in addition to his maternal Arabic. Mr Khaled is married and has a son and a daughter.
Adham Abdel Moneim

Adham Abdel Moneim

Dr Ismail has been recently reassigned to occupy the role of WHO Representative and Head of Mission in Yemen - which is considered one of the largest WHO operations in the world - in January 2021. Prior to this recent reassignment, Dr Ismail occupied the same role in Iraq for 2 years. Prior to joining WHO, Adham worked as a professor in several academic institutions in Egypt and the USA. He has over 20 years of experience in clinical and biomedical engineering.
Coupled with his extensive working experience, Adham has 3 Masters’ degrees in Public Health from University of Roehampton (UK), Biomedical Engineering from Alexandria University (Egypt), and Business Administration from Arab Academy for Science and Technology. He is also a holder of a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Miami (USA).
Ali Dehaq

Ali Dehaq

National Program Coordinator
Ali is the National Program Coordinator of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Yemen since October 2012. During his tenure, he has contributed to enhance the engagement with constituents and development partners. He came to ILO after six years working with international organisations as expert in economics, results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation. Ali holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Jordan.
Auke Lootsma

Auke Lootsma

Mr Auke Lootsma has been serving in Yemen as the Resident Representative since February 2019 and as the Country Director since August 2016. Previously, he has served in Rwanda, Ukraine, Sudan, and Uganda. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Development Economics.
Christa Rottensteiner

Christa Rottensteiner

Chief of Mission
With 20 years of experience in humanitarian response, development and migration management, Christa provides strategic guidance for IOM’s work in Yemen. During 14 years in DFID, she established a track record in improving large-scale programming in contexts like Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior, Christa held positions in the British Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Cristina Albertin

Cristina Albertin

Ms Cristina Albertin is the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa. With a UN career spanning 28 years, Ms. Albertin joined UNODC in 1994, serving in Peru and Vienna before becoming UNODC Representative in Bolivia, South Asia, and Nigeria.
Dina Zorba

Dina Zorba

UN Women
In 2014, Dina established the UNWomen presence in Yemen, leading UN Women’s engagement in Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian action. Dina holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and International Management and a Bachelor's degree in Economics. She has served in several representation and senior positions with UNWomen as well as UNFPA and UNESCO.
Fayyaz Faiz Rasul

Fayyaz Faiz Rasul

Head of Office
Fayyaz brings a wealth of construction/engineering, development, and project management experience of more than 20 years in all facets and phases of the projects to his current role. In particular, he has valuable experience and knowhow in successfully implementing projects and programmes within post-conflict and emergency settings. He is a recipient of the UN Core Values award.

Hessein Gadain

Mr Gadain joined FAO in 2006 as Water Coordinator for the Somalia Water and Land Information Management project (SWALIM) based in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Chief Technical Advisor of the FAO SWALIM project in Nairobi. From 2016 to 2019, he was FAO Representative in Egypt.
Kareem K Ismail

Kareem K. Ismail

Mr Kareem Ismail is the IMF resident representative for Iraq and Yemen. He previously worked in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department on emerging markets and low-income countries, and in the African department. During that time, he helped design and implement programs including in fragile states, and co-authored policy papers on IMF lending. He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.
Nestor Owomuhangi

Nestor Owomuhangi 

Mr. Nestor Owomuhangi, a national of Uganda, brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector, much of which has been with UNFPA and the UN system.

Nestor joined the UNFPA Yemen Country Office in July 2018 as Deputy Representative. Prior to Yemen, he served as Deputy Representative for UNFPA Iraq Country Office from 2014 to 2018. Nestor worked as the International Programme Specialist for the UNFPA Country Office in Lesotho from 2008 to 2014 and as a National Programme Officer at UNFPA Uganda Country Office from 1999, initially on secondment to UNHCR as a Reproductive Health Focal Point.

Prior to joining the UN, Nestor has worked with various national institutions and international NGOs in Uganda.

Nestor holds a Master’s Degree in Population and Reproductive Health from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Philippe Duamelle

Philippe Duamelle

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Yemen
Mr. Philippe Duamelle, a French national, assumed his responsibilities as UNICEF Representative to Yemen in October 2020. Previously, he served as UNICEF Representative to Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Benin.
Mr. Philippe Duamelle also worked as Executive Officer in the Office of the Executive Director at UNICEF Headquarters.
Joining UNICEF in 1995, Philippe Duamelle worked in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Kenya.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Philippe Duamelle served with the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq and the United Nations Development Programme in Turkey.
He holds a graduate degree in Management and Development from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et de Développement, Lyon France; and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.
Renaud Detalle

Renaud Detalle

Renaud Detalle (France, 1965) has over 25 years of professional experience in the fields of human rights and development.
Renaud Detalle received the diploma and an advanced research degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) as well as a degree in history form the Sorbonne university, he was an exchange student at Freie Universitaet Berlin in 1988-1989.
From 1990 to 2002 he worked in Yemen where he taught at Sanaa University, before undertaking academic work at the Centre Français d'Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales (CEFASt) and as a consultant for various organizations (UN, World Bank, Save the Children, Oil companies).
Renaud Detalle works since 2002 for the United Nations and took assignments in conflict zones such as Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Libya as well as tours in Geneva. Renaud Detalle also served at the UN Human Rights Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, in Beirut, from 2009 to 2015.
From February to December 2020 Renaud Detalle was Deputy Chief of the Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and took his position of Representative in Yemen of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in January 2021
Sajjad Mohammad Sajid

Sajjad Mohammad Sajid

Head of Office
Mr. Sajjad Mohammad Sajid joined UNOCHA Yemen as the Head of Office in January 2021 coming from Ethiopia where he occupied a similar position with UNOCHA since March 2019. Before joining UNOCHA in July 2017 as Deputy Head of Office in Yemen, he served as the Country Director in Yemen and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Asia & Pacific in Bangkok for Oxfam International. During that time, he coordinated response to major emergencies across Asia, Africa and Middle East. He was the Country Representative for Christian Aid UK in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as Regional Emergency Manager for South Asia and served in various capacities with national organizations and the Government of India. He brings 24 years of experience in the field of international development and humanitarian affairs.

Wael Al-Ashhab

Head of Country Programme
Mr Wael Al-Ashhab, a Jordanian National, has a degree in Civil Engineering with more than 30 years of experience, including in programme management, policy development, urban planning, design and implementation of infrastructure projects. He started his career with UNICEF in 1999 and joined UN-Habitat in 2007.