Our Team in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

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Didier Trebucq

Resident Coordinator, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Mr. Didier Trebucq, was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as UN Resident Coordinator (RC) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in January 2019. He brings 23 years of experience in the development and humanitarian realm working with the United Nations and International Organizations. As Resident Coordinator he is the Representative of the UN Secretary general and the highest-ranking official of the United Nations development system at country level. he leads the United Nations Sub-regional Team (UNST) in 10 countries and territories.

Working closely with the national governments covered by the Multi Country Office and sub-regional institutions, the RC advocates with the UNST for the mandates of the UN system and the delivery of the UN Multi Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDCF). The RC aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the coherence, efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities in the Eastern Caribbean region. As UN RC he is also the Designated Official (DO) for Security, responsible for the safety and security of all UN staff and their dependents.

Prior to becoming the Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the OECS, Mr. Didier Trebucq served as UNDP Country Director in Brazil. Previously he was the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Peru and Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Guyana. He also worked in UNDP India as Programme Officer & Team Leader of Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

Before joining the UN, Mr. Trebucq worked as Head of Delegation of the French Red Cross in Colombia and Ecuador. Also, he was Administrator of "Médecins Sans Frontières" in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and previously worked as an Executive in the private banking sector in France for five years.

Mr. Trebucq, a development Economist, holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Development, with specialism in Environmental Economics, from Imperial College London (UK) and a Master in Business Administration from the "Institut Français de Gestion" in France. He speaks fluently four languages: French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is the father of two sons.
Anna Paolini

Anna Paolini

Representative and Director
Dr.Paolini was appointed UNESCO Representative and Director of the UNESCO Office in Jamaica (previously UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean), on 1 July 2022. Prior to this, she served as UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen and Director of the UNESCO Doha Office from September 2013 – June 2022. She was also UNESCO Representative and Head of Office in Uzbekistan from 2007 to 2009 and later held the same position in Jordan.

In 1992, Dr. Paolini joined UNESCO as specialist in the field of culture at the Regional Office in Amman, before moving to UNESCO HQ in 1997 where she covered several positions within the Culture Sector. She also worked in restoration in Italy and conducted research in urban rehabilitation in several Arab and African countries.

Dr. Paolini holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Territorial Engineering, Master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning for Developing Countries, and a post-graduate degree in Development Cooperation. She is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Italian Association of Professional Architects.
Renata Clarke

Renata Clarke

Sub-regional Coordinator
Dr. Clarke, a national of Canada, assumed her post as FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the Caribbean in April 2019, with responsibility for overseeing the FAO programme of work across 13 English speaking Caribbean countries. She brings over 25 years of experience in the area of food safety.

Dr. Clarke has worked at the FAO Headquarters in the area of Food Safety for the past 20 years. She served as Head of the Food Safety and Quality Unit from 2011 to 2019, prior to assuming her current role. Prior to joining FAO in 1995, as a Food Science and Technology Consultant with the Food and Nutrition Division, she worked in academia in Barbados, and with the Barbados National Science and Technology Council and the Barbados Agricultural Development Corporation.

She holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada, a master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph, Canada and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Amalia Del Riego Abreu

Amalia Del Riego Abreu

Dr. Del Riego was appointed PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean effective July 29, 2022. A national of the Dominican Republic, she is a medical doctor and holds a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

With over 25 years of national and international experience in public health, she has led key regional initiatives, including the 3 by 5 initiative for HIV/AIDS, the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis in the Caribbean, and the roll out of the PAHO Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage. Her career pathway also includes extensive experience in preparedness and response to public health emergencies, and integration processes in the Caribbean.

Dr. Del Riego's experience has also spanned all levels of PAHO. She joined the organization in 1998 as Advisor, Health Services Development in the PAHO/WHO Representative Office in Belize, and since 2014 served as Chief of the Health Services and Access Unit, at PAHO/WHO headquarters .She also served as Lead for the Health Systems and Services Pillar of the COVID-19 Incident Management Team from March 2020 to July 2022.
Cecilia Ugaz Estrada

Cecilia Ugaz

Officer in Charge
Cecilia Ugaz Estrada (Peru) is Director of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Office and Special Advisor, Office of the Managing Director, Directorate of Corporate Management and Operations. She formerly was Director of the Policy Research and Statistics Department at UNIDO.

Cecilia holds a PhD in economics from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (major: Econometrics of Investment) as well as graduate degrees in economic modelling from France and Peru. Prior to joining UNIDO, she served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Paraguay, as Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Argentina and as Deputy Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office. Cecilia Ugaz Estrada also held various positions with the United Nations and in academia in Switzerland, United Kingdom and Finland as well as with the World Bank in Washington DC.

Cleveland Thomas

Prior to his appointment Mr. Thomas was the CEO for the State Enterprise, National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (Trinidad and Tobago). Mr. Thomas brings a wealth of ITU experience having served as Trinidad and Tobago’s representative at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for over 14 years, and the Caribbean representative on the ITU Council. He is a certified accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Information and Communication Technology for Regulations and Policies from the University of the West Indies.
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Diane Quarless

Chief of Subregional Headquarters
Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Quarless served as the Chief of the Small Island Developing States Unit, and also as Head of Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. She holds a Masters’ degree in Development Studies with specialization in Environmental Management.
Elizabeth Talbert

Elizabeth Talbert

Director UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean
Ms. Talbert has a strong background in population and statistical development with over 30 years of experience in the Caribbean and East Africa. She has led population and housing censuses, poverty assessment and other social and economic surveys in several countries.

Prior to her appointment as Director at the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean and Representative to Jamaica, she served as Senior Statistician with the World Bank Poverty and Equity Global Practice in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she managed the Statistical Development Project (2014-2021). Under her leadership, this project resulted in the improvement of the statistics law, strengthening of statistical and administrative data, and the enhancement of statistical infrastructure and human resource capacity. During her tenure in Tanzania, she also provided technical support to statistical offices in Zanzibar, Mozambique, Somalia and other East African member states.

Ms Talbert also previously served as Chief Statistician, Government of the Cayman Islands, (2009-2014); Statistical Consultant, Government of Guyana (2007-2008) and; Deputy Chief Statistician, Government of Belize (2001-2007). She has also served as a consultant to CARICOM Statistical Unit in analyzing and preparing 2000 Census Country Reports.

A native of Belize, Ms. Talbert holds a BSc in Sociology and Public Administration, Minnesota State University, Mankato; MPhil in Population and Development, Centre for Development Studies, Kerala State, India and; MS in Demography, Florida State University. She was also a participant in the UNFPA Global Training Programme in Population and Development (1993-1994).

Elkin Velasquez

Regional Representative
Prior to this current role, Mr. Velasquez has served as Leader of Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at Nairobi-HQ and was Chief of the Urban Governance Section; coordinator of the Safer Cities Programme and temporally responsible for the Gender Unit. He has assisted national and local governments in areas like urban governance, territorial planning, urban safety and area-based public policies. Mr. Velasquez is a national of Colombia and holds a Ph.D. in Geography, specializing in Territorial Policy and Planning
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Helen Gradstein

Regional Digital Finance Specialist & Head of Office for the Eastern Caribbean
Ms. Helen Gradstein is the Regional Digital Finance Specialist and heads the UNCDF Eastern Caribbean office, based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She is an expert in digital finance and financial inclusion and is passionate about ensuring that financial inclusion policies and programmes protect consumers, empower women, and support financial capability. Previously, Ms. Gradstein worked as a Financial Sector Specialist in the World Bank's Financial Inclusion and Payments team. She holds a Masters in Global Policy from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She can be reached at Helen.Gradstein@uncdf.org.
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Joni Musabayana

Mr. Joni Musabayana, a Zimbabwean national, first joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1992 as Project Officer at the ILO Country Office for Zimbabwe and Namibia in Harare. He has since held many positions with the Organization.

His other previous roles include Global Coordinator for the ILO Start and Improve Your Own Business Programme in Geneva, as well as Enterprise Specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Africa in Addis Ababa.

Prior to his current role as Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Mr. Musabayana served as Director of the ILO Pretoria Decent Work Team, leading technical support for 18 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. He was also Director for the Country Office politically and administratively covering Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa.

Mr. Musabayana brings extensive experience addressing issues relevant to the Caribbean including labour migration, enterprise development, social protection, skills development, gender equality and climate resilience. His dedication to fostering tripartite social dialogue and cooperation between governments, employers, and workers has been instrumental in reducing decent work deficits and driving positive change in the labour landscape.

As Director of the ILO Caribbean Office, Mr. Musabayana leads the promotion of social justice, decent work, and inclusive economic growth across 13 Member States and nine non-metropolitan territories in the English-and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. He provides strategic direction for technical guidance and cooperation through Decent Work Country Programmes and other activities supported though the wider United Nations system serving in the region.

Mr. Musabayana has a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA School of Business Leadership, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Diploma in Training Management, and a Diploma in Computer Programming.

Before joining the ILO, Mr Musabayana worked for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher Education and the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe.

He is a music lover, avid reader, political analyst and a keen sportsman who played basketball for the Zimbabwe national team for 13 years. He enjoys running and going to the gym. He is married to Wynne and they have two boys and two girls and one granddaughter.
Liliana Garavito

Liliana Garavito

Director, United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area (UNIC Caribbean)
A Columbian national, Mrs. Garavito is a Journalist and Social Communicator with twenty-seven years of experience in communications, including twenty-three years with the UN and four years as a news producer.

For the last two years she has served as a Regional Communications Officer for the Development Coordination Office based in Panama. This position entailed managing a network of communication professionals across 25 countries. In addition, in the previous four years she acted as Chief of Public Information and Communication Strategy in the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. There she was in charge of communications on both traditional and digital media platforms; and responsible for implementation of the Mission´s crisis communication activities and development of the work program of the public information component of the Mission. Ms. Garavito also held responsibility for organization of critical events with the national and international media in a complex and fast-moving political context.

Prior to joining the Mission, she served as Information Officer for 17 years at UNIC Bogotá, which also covers Ecuador and Venezuela, and led public information and liaison activities including working with several high schools and universities on the organization of Model UNs (MUN). She was part of the task force covering all the territory explaining the MDG with seminars and led the UN System Information Group by coordinating and directing planning meetings and execution of activities of the group.

Mrs. Garavito is married and has one child.
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Limya Eltayeb

Resident Representative
Ms. Eltayeb was appointed as UNDP Resident Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean on 16 May 2022. She previously served as UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since 2017. Limya’s experience spans 27 years and four continents with work on development and urban planning, local administration, social inclusion, human rights and partnerships. Prior to joining the UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Team, she previously served UNDP in Albania, Bahrain, Gambia, Partnerships NY and Iraq. She also worked in development and humanitarian settings (Sudan, Iraq and Albania earthquake). Limya, who holds a BSc. Architecture, MSc. Urban Planning and Development, and graduate certificate in social development, is married and has one daughter.
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Martín Arévalo de León

Director and Representative for Costa Rica and the Caribbean
Martin Arevalo, trained as a biochemist, has more than 20 years of experience in policy issues as well as in peace-building initiatives, political dialogue and social awareness-raising.

Between 1992 and 2003 he developed a management career in the private sector, holding regional management positions for Latin America and the Caribbean in agrochemical companies.

However, his strategic skills to lead multi-stakeholder projects in difficult political environments, and his public service inclinations, led him to become directly involved in the strengthening of democracy and good governance in Guatemala, leaving the private sector to focus on the design, analysis and implementation of public policies. From 2004 to 2014, he provided advisory services on security issues to Congress and the Government of Guatemala, facilitating the participation of civil society groups in the formulation of security sector policies and promoting platforms for anti-corruption and anti-impunity advocacy.
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Patrice Quesada

Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean
Mr. Patrice Quesada was appointed IOM Coordinator for the Caribbean in September 2022. As part of his function, he covers the broader English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean region.

He has worked for IOM in different capacities since 2008. Prior to this posting, he was based in IOM Regional Office in Brussels where he was heading the Unit responsible for providing support for the development and implementation of European Union funded Emergency and Post-Crisis programmes. In IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Quesada was the Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor. Throughout his career, he has been deployed to a number of large-scale crisis contexts to support preparedness, response and risk reduction efforts including in Haiti, Pakistan, Libya, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, DRC Goma.

Before joining IOM, he worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in different positions, including in Kosovo as senior political advisor. He holds a master’s in Philosophy, a post- graduate in International Relations and a certificate in Business Administration. Patrice is French, he is married to a German with whom he has three young children.
Pieter Bult

Pieter Bult

Mr. Bult assumed the post of Representative, UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area on 25 July,2022. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked with the Agency since 1994.

Prior to his appointment, he served as UNICEF Representative to Romania for five years, providing overall leadership to the UNICEF Country Programme, Horizonal Cooperation and Private Sector Fundraising, and as UNICEF Senior Advisor in the Public Partnerships Division based in New York Headquarters for six years.

During his UN tenure, Mr. Bult also held the post of Head of UN Tsunami Recovery based in Chennai India, and served as a UNICEF Assistant Programme, Planning, Programme and Learning Officer, between January 1994 to January 2001, in Barbados, Jakarta, Palestine and New York respectively. He also served as UNDP Deputy Country Director in New Delhi, India from January 2008 to March 2011.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the School for Higher Professional Education, Groningen, the Netherlands and master’s degree in Human Geography and Policy Sciences, Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Regis Chapman

Representative & Country Director
Mr. Regis Chapman has over 20 years of international development and humanitarian experience, having served with the United Nations World Food Programme in a variety of contexts since 2005.

Currently, he is the Representative and Country Director for the WFP Caribbean Multi-Country Office, overseeing WFP’s work throughout the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Having opened the Caribbean office in Barbados in July 2018 he has strategically led the growth of an innovative portfolio of support designed to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacities covering regional entities and 22 countries and territories.

Mr. Chapman 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 (2013-18), Somalia (2010-13), Afghanistan (2008-10), Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa (2007-08), Timor Leste (2006), Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific (2006) and Indonesia (2005).

Prior to joining the World Food Programme, he worked with the Red Cross Movement on food security programmes and emergency responses and with the United States Peace Corps on community development efforts at a grassroots 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.
Richard Amenyah

Richard Amenyah

Multi-country Director
Dr. Amenyah is UNAIDS Multi-Country Director for Belize, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Eastern Caribbean States. A medical doctor by training, he brings into this position several productive years of professional experience in Global Health. He believes in the goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, and the urgent need to improve the health and wellbeing of people especially vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved key populations.

Dr. Amenyah joined UNAIDS in 2014 and has wealth of experience in developing public health policies and programs to shape health investments in countries. He previously worked at the Regional Support Team of West and Central Africa as the Regional Investment and Efficiency Advisor, and supported countries to mobilize resources from multi-lateral and bilateral donors, conducted several efficiency studies for sustainability planning, and coordinated technical support and capacity development programs for health systems strengthening. His last duty station was in Nigeria where he supported the established a US$100 million HIV Trust Fund for the elimination of vertical transmission of HIV and helped to mobilize the largest grant for a single country of about US$1.2 billion from the Global Fund for HIV/TB/Malaria/COVID19. He was also a member of the core team that developed the current Global AIDS Strategy 2022-2026.

Prior to joining UNAIDS, he worked on regional technical support projects based in Burkina Faso and in Ghana his home country.

Shelley Cheatham

Head of Office
Ms. Cheatham was appointed as Head of Office of OCHA ROLAC in August 2021, with nearly 20 years of experience working in humanitarian assistance and emergency management.

Prior to joining ROLAC, she served as the OCHA Deputy Head of Office in Myanmar from 2019 to 2021, leading coordinated response to conflict, protracted displacement, and recurrent natural hazards, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and the February 2021 military coup. Ms. Cheatham has also worked at OCHA headquarters managing the Rapid Response and Underfunded Emergencies Windows of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Ms Cheatham has an undergraduate degree from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico and a graduate degree from the George Washington University in the United States.
Sylvie Bertrand

Sylvie Bertrand

Regional Representative
Ms.Bertrand a Canadian national, was appointed UNODC Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN) on 1 July , 2022 . She brings extensive experience to the region, having joined UNODC in 2004.

She has served both in the UNODC’s field network in Kenya and South Africa and at its Headquarters in Vienna. More recently she served as Deputy Regional Representative at the Regional Office for Eastern Africa. Prior to joining UNODC’s management team, she served in various capacities, including as Advisor, Expert, Programme Coordinator and Head of Pillar, implementing UNODC’s health and social development mandate, including HIV/AIDS prevention, drug use care and prevention and support of people living and working in prison settings.

Prior to joining UNODC, Ms. Bertrand worked with UNDP and before joining the UN family, she managed development projects in civil society organizations in Bolivia and Bulgaria and worked in the public sector at the municipal level.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, advanced degrees in Municipal Management and Law, as well as a Master's degree in Public Administration from L'Ecole Administration Publique du Quebec, Canada. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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Tonni Brodber

UN Women
Tonni Brodber is the Representative of the UN Women Multi-Country Office- Caribbean.

Prior to her appointment in August 2020, Ms. Brodber served as Deputy Representative from 2015 -2020 with the MCO Caribbean. Before this Ms. Brodber was the Team Leader for the Advancing Gender Justice in the Pacific programme with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office.

Ms. Brodber served as the Gender Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa, as well as briefly with the UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office and established what is now the UN Women Country Office in Haiti.

Ms. Brodber’s work experience also includes lecturing in International Relations and Development Studies at Yanshan University in China, and directing and co-producing, a film on Haiti.

Ms. Brodber received her first degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and has post graduate degrees in Development Studies and Business Administration from the London School of Economics and ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

Ms. Brodber is raising two sons with her husband.

Vincent Sweeney

Head of Office
Prior to his current post, Mr. Sweeney was based in Nairobi, Kenya for 4 years as the Coordinator of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (or GPA), located within the United Nations Environment’s headquarters. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and was registered as a full member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) in 1989.