Our Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Ingrid Macdonald

Resident Coordinator
Ms. Ingrid Macdonald (Australia) assumed the position of the UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina in April 2020. Ms. Macdonald most recently worked at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as Deputy Director for Operations and Advocacy overseeing the Asia Pacific region. At OCHA, she was also head of the Ukraine office and a Director with the Peer-2-Peer Support Project supporting Humanitarian Coordinators and country teams strengthen their collective delivery of humanitarian response. Prior to joining the UN, she served in leadership positions with international non-profits, the private sector and government for 19 years. She worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council as Representative in Geneva and held positions in Afghanistan, Norway and Pakistan. She recently published her book: “Humanitarian Action and Counter Terrorism in the Muslim World”.
Erwin Cooreman, WHO

Erwin Cooreman

WHO Special Representative to Bosnia and Hercegovina
Dr Erwin Cooreman (Belgium) graduated medicine at the University of Ghent in 1994. He joined the Belgian Red Cross working as a medical officer in a refugee camp in Burundi and specialized in tropical medicine with a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom) in 1995.
After serving as Project Director of a Damien Foundation project in Bangladesh, he joined WHO in 2000 as Medical Officer for communicable diseases and was posted in Papua New Guinea. Subsequent WHO assignments, all in the areas of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and health systems, included WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi (2004-2007), and the country offices for Bangladesh, Dhaka, and the Union of Myanmar. In 2015, he was appointed as Head of WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme.

He assumed the position of WHO Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in September 2021.
Jo-Anne Bishop

Jo-Anne Bishop

UN Women
Jo-Anne Bishop has 20 years of international experience, including senior management with the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and governmental and non-governmental institutions in a broad range of countries.
Prior to serving as Deputy Regional Director of the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, she held senior advisory positions with the UN Mission in Kosovo, OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liberia Governance Commission, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Timor-Leste Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality. She headed and established the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and served as Chief of Party of the Canadian Governance Support Office in Afghanistan. She has led more than 15 global, regional and country-level strategic reviews and evaluations for a range of UN entities including UNFPA, UNDP, IOM and UN Women in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia aimed at strengthening performance and increasing the impact of the UN system.
Jo-Anne holds an MA Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Canada and is the proud mother of two feminist children.
John Mosoti

John Kennedy Mosoti

John Mosoti is a national of Kenya, and holds Bachelor of Laws degree, Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Diploma in International Environmental Law. John is an established diplomat, having served as Senior Adviser for Human Rights, Social and Humanitarian issues at the Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN from 2004 to 2013. He was also charged with the work relating to the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF and UN Women. He specialized in peace and security issues, particularly in the Great Lakes region of Africa and on UN Reform. Most recently, he was appointed and served as Deputy Global Coordinator on ICPD 25 charged with the organization of the Nairobi Summit: Accelerating the Promise.
Laura Lungarotti

Laura Lungarotti

Ms. Laura Lungarotti (Italy) officially assumed the position of the Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans and Chief of Mission of IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 2021.
Ms. Lungarotti has over 17 years of experience working with IOM in Geneva, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Senegal/ West Africa and Mauritania. Prior to her posting in Sarajevo, Laura served as the Chief of Mission in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science- International Relations from the University of Firenze, Italy and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University of London.
Lejla Tanovic

Lejla Tanovic

National Coordinator
Lejla Tanovic has joined the ILO in 1997, and since 1998, she has served as ILO National Coordinator for BiH. Ms. Tanovic is responsible for a variety of national coordination duties, including liaison duties to support the Decent Work Technical Teams (DWT) in facilitating the strengthening and implementation of the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs). She has 30 years of professional experience, including in international development cooperation, with wide knowledge in strategic planning and management, and International Labour Standards. Prior to joining the ILO, Ms. Tanovic worked with public companies on labour relations. Ms. Tanovic holds a Bachelor degree in Legal Science of the University of Sarajevo and the University of Trieste, and a Master in “State Management and Humanitarian Affairs” from the University of Sarajevo, Belgrade, and University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Lucie Gagné

Ms. Lucie Gagné assumed the position of the UNHCR Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina in February 2020. Ms. Gagné, a national of Canada, brings 25 years of experience in refugee, asylum, and migration policy as well as international humanitarian and human rights. Mr. Gagné joined UNHCR in 2004 as a Regional Resettlement Officer in its Regional Representation in Accra, Ghana (2004-2008). From 2008 to 2020 she served in various UNHCR operations in Africa (Kenya, Regional Representation for West Africa, Libya) and in the Middle East (Jordan). Prior to joining UNHCR, Ms. Gagne held key roles with the US Refugee Resettlement Program; served as Head of Office in Senegal (1998-2001) and then as a Deputy Director for Operations for West Africa and Central Africa, based in Ghana (2001-2003). She also worked as a Field Office Coordinator with a UNHCR partner in Senegal (1995-1997).
Narine Sahakyan

Narine Sahakyan

Resident Representative a.i.
Ms. Sahakyan brings over 20 years of experience within the UN system with increasing levels of responsibility from Project Coordinator to UNDP Resident Representative and additional 15 years of professional experience with the Government and the scientific research institutions, the local and international NGOs, the WB, USAID and other international organizations. She has an extensive experience in developing and advancing core reforms for government towards transitional agenda and EU integration; in resource mobilization for development and investment programmes; in negotiating complex solutions with counterparts from state institutions, local authorities, donors and private sector.

Ms. Sahakyan has previously served as UNDP Resident Representative in North Macedonia, and as Deputy Resident Representative in Macedonia, Moldova and Turkmenistan. Prior to joining the UNDP, she worked with the USA based public-private partnership “EurAsia Foundation”, leading the department of economic development. Ms. Sahakyan served also the Government of Republic of Armenia in different positions - heading the Investments Directorate in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Directorate of Foreign Investments in the Ministry of Economy.
Ms. Sahakyan holds a PhD in Economics (Moscow, State Planning Authority) and a BSc in Business Administration (Yerevan, Engineering University).
Sinisa Sesum

Sinisa Sesum

UNESCO Head of Office, Antenna Office in Sarajevo
Sinisa is Head of the Antenna in Sarajevo of the Regional Bureau for science and Culture in Europe and responsible for the implementation of UNESCO’s core programmes and activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also supports the development and implementation of programmes and participation in UN development/cooperation frameworks in Serbia and Montenegro, as well as in other countries of the region, as required. He has an academic background in civil engineering. He joined UNESCO in 1995.

Vlado Pijunovic

National Programme Officer
Mr. Pijunovic was born in Zavidovići on 29 March, 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, Faculty of Economy, from the University of Banja Luka. He was a Team Leader with CARE International (1997-2000), and then Director of the Economics Department with Mercy Corps Scotland (2000 - 2003). He was then senior programming officer at the European Union Delegation to BiH, Cross Border and Agriculture Programme (2004-2011), and is presently the National Programme Coordinator at UN’s FAO, a role he began in 2012.