Volume 15, No.10 - October 2011

Comings and goings


Mr. Nikhil Seth

Mr. Nikhil Seth has been appointed as Director for the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and Head of the Office of the Conference Secretary-General (CSG) Mr. Sha Zukang for the Rio+20 Secretariat effective 1 September.

During his career with the United Nations since 1993, Mr. Seth has served as Special Assistant and Chief of Office to the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, as Secretary of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second Committee of the General Assembly, and, most recently, as Director of the DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC), where he guided the ECOSOC’s work in implementing several new key mandates, including its Annual Ministerial Review and Development Cooperation Forum.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Seth served in the Indian diplomatic service, where his assignments included Geneva, DRC, Central African Republic, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, as well as the Permanent Mission of India, New York.

The following staff members were promoted in September:

Elvira Doyle, Programme Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Kay Govia, Programme Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General

Gabriela Guevara, Associate Administrative Officer, Capacity Development Office

Ching-Hua Hsiung, Budget Assistant, Capacity Development Office

Lissy Joseph, Human Resources Assistant, Capacity Development Office

Alicia Lovell-Squires, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General

Cristina Rojas-Espinosa, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General

Nancy Settecasi, Desktop Publishing Assistant, Development Policy and Analysis Division



The following staff member retired in September:

Maria Luz Aragon, Programme Assistant, Division for Social Policy and Development