Volume 16, No.08 - August 2012

Comings and goings


Sha Zukang, DESA's former Under-Secretary-GeneralSha Zukang, who served as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs for five years, completed his term at the end of July 2012. In addition to his role as head of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Convenor of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Sha served as Secretary-General for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which took place in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012.

A career diplomat before joining DESA, Mr. Sha held many leadership positions for the Chinese Foreign Ministry over the years, and chaired intergovernmental meetings in different international organizations, including the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Human Rights Council.

For more information: Bio of Mr. Sha

On 30 June, after many years of service, Jomo Kwame Sundaram left his position as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at DESA. During his tenure, Mr. Jomo was involved in all areas of the Department’s work enhancing performance, impact and accountability whilst holding a broad range of managerial responsibilities.

Mr. Jomo led the UN system response to the 2005 Summit, supporting Member States to implement National Development Strategies, and in 2007 he was responsible for coordinating a major budget reform to enhance human and other financial resources for the UN Secretariat’s development work. In 2010, he was selected by the UN Secretary-General as his G20 ‘sherpa’, and was also appointed G20 ‘Finance Deputy’ for the UN.

In response to the global financial crisis, Mr. Jomo initiated the UN system-wide supplementary Macroeconomic Advisory Capacity and later served on the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. Additionally, Jomo represented the UN SG at the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee and the World Bank-IMF’s Development Committee until 2011.

In his different capacities, Mr. Jomo worked to build and broaden international consensus to enhance the impact of collective action by the international community. Most recently he was instrumental in coordinating efforts to articulate a post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

For more information: Bio of Mr. Jomo

The following staff members also retired in July:

Patricia David, Administrative Assistant, Division for Social Policy and Development

Anna Marie Francia, Administrative Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development

Erlinda Go, Statistician, Statistics Division

Maria Dolores Tanpinco, Technical Co-operation Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management


The following staff members were promoted in July: 

Amal Abou Rafeh, Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development

Guenther Gross, Chief, Communications and Information Management Service

Charles Hoag, Staff Assistant, Development Policy and Analysis Division

Felice Llamas, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development

Francesca Perucci, Chief of Branch, Population Division