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Meet Our New Staff Members

Ms.  Alicja Kacprzak is a Polish national who joined the UNECE-FAO Forestry and Timber Section in Geneva on September 30th. As FAO Forestry Officer (Industry and Markets) and in close collaboration with her colleagues in Headquarters, she will contribute to data collection, analysis and reporting on the forest industry, production trade and marketing in Europe, North America and Central Asia. Alicja holds a master degree from the Poznan University of Economics in Poland and from ESSCA Business School in Angers, France. Previously she worked for the World Economic Forum supporting multilateral projects related to green economy and climate change, in the course of the G20 and the UNFCCC stakeholder consultations. Prior to that she gained experience in the energy sector with focus on biomass residues for energy and analyzed European Union’s policies related to energy, environment and agriculture.

Mr. Anvar Nigmatov is the UNECE/FAO Statistical Assistant.  He has several years of experience in data collection using surveys. Some of you may already know him as he worked at the UNECE Statistics Division where he dealt with gender disaggregated social and demographic statistics data. Several months ago, he had moved to the Office of the Executive Secretary as he was selected to a temporary post of Associate Economic Affairs Officer. He holds degrees in International Affairs and Management obtained from Geneva Graduate Institute and Tashkent Information Technologies University, respectively. He is Uzbek and fluent in Russian.

Mr. Florian Steierer is a Forestry Engineer working as an Economic Affairs Officer at the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. He is responsible for forest products markets and marketing and is the project coordinator of the Forest Products Annual Market Review 2013. He is also an expert on wood energy data and developed and conducted the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry from 2005-2010 and conducted studies on wood energy in Serbia and Montenegro during his time at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Rome from 2010 until 2013. Further he was involved in the development of the EUwood study, which led to the European Forest Sector Outlook Study.

Mr. Frank Helbig is a German national who joined the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section on October 1st  October as an intern from the Carlo-Schmid-Programm of the German Academic Exchange Service. He will be responsible for the follow-up of EFSOS II (forest outlook studies) and contribute to the organization of Metsä2013, the joint session of the FAO European Forestry Commission and the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), to take place in Rovaniemi, Finland, next December. Frank holds a Master degree in Renewable Energy Management from the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (Germany). Prior to his assignment, he worked for various organizations, such as GIZ and the "Energieagentur Regio Freiburg". He has conducted projects and consultancies for the development and organization of Germany's largest fair for Green-Economy Employment "WorkGreen", for a firewood resource balance in Kursumlija, Serbia, and for a biodiversity assessment in the canopy of Colombian cloud forests.

Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani is an Associate Economic Affairs Officer.  She joined the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section this year, where she coordinates the capacity building and technical assistance project for sustainable forest management for greener economies in Central Asia and the Caucasus. She has extensive experience in policy and capacity building for trade and sustainable development. She led the UNECE trade facilitation implementation project, involving the preparation of an online wiki-guide to instruments and best practices, and championed its dissemination in all regions of the world by designing and facilitating training workshops for policy makers and private sector managers. Previously, Maria Teresa worked for the ILO to the launch of the joint ILO/UNEP programme on green and socially responsible public procurement and was involved in the development of national action plans and institutional reforms for sustainable procurement, particularly in the European Union. She also co-authored several policy studies and guidelines in this field. Maria Teresa holds a Master Degree in European Economic Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Ms. Nina Peeva is our new Communication Officer. She is in charge of the Second European Forest Week, the International Day of Forests 2014 and the outreach and communications work for Metsa2013. She has joined the United Nations family in 2010 and has previously worked for multinational companies such as TUI Travel. Before joining the Forestry and Timber Team, Nina has held different positions in the UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit, where she has successfully organized numerous international events, projects and campaigns, including the World Habitat Day celebrations in 2012 and the meetings of a working group in charge of a framework convention. She is skilled in the organization of intergovernmental meetings such as Committee sessions and Ministerial conferences. Nina holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the Sorbonne Law School and speaks several foreign languages.

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