Our Team in Trinidad and Tobago

Marina Walter

Marina Walter

RCO
Resident Coordinator
Prior to her appointment as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Walter was the Country Director a.i. and Deputy Country Director of UNDP in India since 2015. Prior to joining UNDP India, she was the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Thailand from 2013 to 2015. Ms. Walter holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Politics from Vanderbilt University in the United States.
Alison Drayton

Alison Drayton

UNFPA
Director and Representative
 
Based in Jamaica, Alison directs the priorities and mandate of the UNFPA across 22 countries and territories in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Before joining UNFPA in 2016, she served in the UNDP for fifteen years, including at RBLAC as Senior Advisor. Alison was in the NYU Masters Programme on Public Administration and holds a BA Honors in History and Politics from the University of London.
Aloys Kamuragiye

Aloys Kamuragiye

UNICEF
Representative
 
Aloys Kamuragiye is the Representative of the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office located in Bridgetown, Barbados covering 8 independent island states and 4 UK territories.

He is passionate about working effectively and efficiently with UN agencies and other Partners to deliver results for children as well as making the difference in addressing the issue of violence.
Carolyne-Mélanie Régimbal

Carolyne-Mélanie Régimbal

UNLIREC
Director
 
In July 2019, Ms. Carolyne-Mélanie Régimbal, Canadian, resumed her duties as Director of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) after 18 months working at the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia where she served as Head of Field Coordination contributing to the Colombian Peace Process. Prior to joining the United Nations in 2006, Ms. Régimbal previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Canada where she began her professional career in 1996.
Cleveland Thomas

Cleveland Thomas

ITU
Area Representative
 
Mr. Cleveland Thomas ITU’s Area Representative for the Caribbean region. Prior to this appointment, he was the CEO-National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also the National Chief Information Officer. Mr. Thomas helps to implement the Caribbean Governments’ vision for development using ICTs: improvement in health care, education, security, commerce, transport, tourism etc.
Dennis Zulu

Dennis Zulu

ILO
Director
 
 
 
Mr Zulu brings extensive experience and knowledge of key issues related to the work of the ILO Caribbean Office. As Director of ILO-Abuja, he led development projects and activities on employment creation, entrepreneurship development, microfinance and social dialogue.

Before joining the ILO in 2003, Mr Zulu worked in academia and the private sector in his home country. In the ILO, he has worked in various positions including Programme Officer in the ILO Office in Zambia, ILO Coordinator for the UN pilot “Delivering As One” Programmes in Mozambique, and the UN Adviser on Youth Employment and Empowerment to the Liberian Government.
Diane Quarless

Diane Quarless

UN ECLAC
Director
 
Diane Quarless has been the Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Port of Spain since 2011, where she leads a multidisciplinary team of experts in the search for solutions to the many development challenges facing the countries of the Caribbean.

She previously served as Chief of the Small Island Developing States Unit and as Head of Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.
Erica Wheeler

Dr. Erica Wheeler

PAHO
Representative
 
As the Country Representative for PAHO/WHO, Dr Erica Wheeler is responsible for all programs of work of PAHO/WHO, which covers the full spectrum of health in communicable and noncommunicable diseases and mental health, emergency disaster preparedness, health systems strengthening, climate change, women’s’ children and adolescents health, among others. She has worked and studied in the field of Public Health for over 27 years.
James Guwani

James Guwani

UNAIDS
Senior Adviser-Fast Track/Team Lead
 
 
 
Mr. Guwani is responsible for overseeing support for implementation of UNAIDS Caribbean programmes, working closely with UNAIDS Country Offices in the region to strengthen national and partner capacities for Fast-Tracking the AIDS Response. Prior to joining UNAIDS in 2004, James was an M&E Specialist at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Senior Program Evaluator for the Red Cross HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Programs.

In 2001 James received his Doctorate in Medical Epidemiology from the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a joint Master’s degree in Public Health and International Development Studies from Ohio University.
James’ international experience with rolling out the Fast Track agenda in the context of the world’s largest epidemics and familiarity with this region auger well for his ability to work with partners to accelerate progress toward an AIDS-free Caribbean
Jewel Ali

Jewel Ali

IOM
Head of office
 
Jewel has been with IOM Trinidad and Tobago office since 2007. She has served on the national counter-trafficking Task Force, civil society working group and co-facilitates training on countering human trafficking for Government officials, including immigration officers and police.
José Vila Del Castillo

José Vila Del Castillo

UNODC
Regional Director
 
José Vila Del Castillo has over 20 years of experience in the field of transnational organized crime and drug trafficking. Prior to the UN he worked as a senior advisor to the government of Spain in agencies responsible for drug prevention, treatment and social services. He carried out similar work with the European Commission.

He joined UNODC in 1999 as Representative of the Regional Office in Mexico. He has also served as UNODC Regional Representative for East Africa. He has written books on drug demand prevention and treatment.
Juan Miguel Diez

Juan Miguel Diez

UNIC
Director
 
Juan Miguel Diez formally joined the United Nations in 1997 as the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre for Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. In this position, he coordinated the development of educational and outreach programmes and liaised with national and international media. He was promoted in 2006 to the position of Public Information Officer (which soon developed into the role of Deputy Director) at the Centre. In this capacity, he helped manage the national and regional responsibilities of the Centre, including the development and coordination of communications strategies for the UN in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the Centre in Mexico and continued in this role at the UNIC in Port of Spain from December 2014.

Mr. Diez speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Miriam Aertker, Head of National Office - UNHCR Trinidad and Tobago

Miriam Aertker

UNHCR
Head of National Office - UNHCR Trinidad and Tobago
Miriam Aertker assumed the role of Head of National Office at UNHCR in Trinidad and Tobago on June 1, 2021. She brings with her a wide range of experience, coupled with a good understanding of the cross-border mobility challenges currently facing the different Caribbean countries. Since February 2019, Miriam has been based in Trinidad and Tobago, working as a Senior Field Coordinator with the Response for Venezuela (R4V) platform, which is jointly led by UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In this role, and together with her team, Miriam has worked closely with 26 Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) partners across the Caribbean sub-region as well as with five national platforms in Aruba, Curaçao, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and in the Dominican Republic. In addition to her role as Head of National Office for UNHCR, Miriam continues to oversee the R4V platform in the Caribbean together with sub-regional counterparts from IOM.
Miriam has spent the last 14 years with the UNHCR, with posts in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, working in some of the world's most critical refugee crisis responses, including Yemen, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Somalia, Myanmar, Greece and now Trinidad and Tobago. Miriam has held positions in coordination, management, refugee status determination and protection (including Community Based Protection). Miriam trained as a social worker in her native Germany and holds a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo (Egypt), as well as a Masters in Refugee Studies from the University of East London (UK).




Randi Davis

Randi Davis

UNDP
Resident Representatve
 
Ms. Randi Davis has been appointed as Resident Representative of UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, based in Port of Spain where she arrived on 6 October 2019.

Ms. Davis brings to the position extensive experience within the UN system, having served most recently as Director of UNDP’s Gender Team based in New York. In that position she led UNDP’s global policy and programming on gender equality and women’s empowerment overseeing teams based in UNDP’s five regional hubs. Ms. Davis was also part of the founding team that established the United Nations Democracy Fund, and she spearheaded UNDP’s Global Practice on Parliamentary Development. She brings extensive expertise in the fields of governance and over a decade of field work in Asia where her focus was on issues of economic transition, local development, housing and urban development.
Regis Chapman

Regis Chapman

WFP
Head of office
 
Mr. Chapman has over 20 years of international development and humanitarian experience, including the past 15 years working with the United Nations World Food Programme in a variety of contexts. Currently, he serves as the Head of Office for WFP Barbados, overseeing emergency preparedness and response in the Caribbean. He has extensive field experience in humanitarian and development programmes around the world in a variety of programme leadership roles, including in the Regional Bureau for Latin America & the Caribbean, Somalia, Afghanistan, Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa, Timor Leste, Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific and Indonesia. Prior to joining the World Food Programme, he worked with the Red Cross Movement on food security programmes and emeregency responses and with the United States Peace Corps on community development efforts at a grass roots level in rural El Salvador. Regis is a national of the United States of America. He holds a graduate degree in Marketing from Arizona State University.
Reuben Robertson

Reuben Robertson

FAO
Representative
 
REUBEN Hamilton Robertson is a national of St Vincent and the Grenadines, is a holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, and a Master of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics, both from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.

Prior to taking up his appointment in Trinidad and Tobago, he served as FAO Representative in Guyana and previously as the FAO Consultant and Technical Advisor to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Saadia Sanchez

Saadia Sanchez

UNESCO
Director and Representative
 
 
 
Saadia Sanchez was appointed Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica on September 1, 2020. Her regional mandate covers twenty (20) countries and territories in the English and Dutch-speaking sub-region of the Caribbean.

Ms. Sanchez is committed to exercise strategic and operational leadership to advocate for the Caribbean Small Island Developing States, (SIDS) as UNESCO´s priority. She will focus on the delivery of technical support under high standards and grounded on human rights, in alignment with sub-regional priorities within the framework of the Special Initiative for the Caribbean and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Vincent Sweeney

Vincent Sweeney

UNEP
Head of office
 
Vincent Sweeney is Head of the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office for UNEP and previously spent 4 years as the Coordinator of the GPA, in UNEP’s headquarters. He also served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute.