DESA News Vol. 11, No. 12 December 2007

Comings and goings


Mr. M. Aslam ChaudhryMr. M. Aslam Chaudhry was appointed Chief of the Water, Natural Resources and Small Island Developing States Branch in the Division for Sustainable Development as of 5 November. He has seventeen years’ experience as a senior UN adviser on water resources management specializing in formulation and implementation of water management projects, and analysis of global water issues. An economist by training, Mr. Chaudhry has addressed both conceptual and practical challenges in sustainable development, and is a promoter of multi-stakeholder participation in policy development. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and natural resource economics from Colorado State University in the United States, and is the author or co-author of many technical reports, research papers, and books.

The following staff members were also promoted in November:

Ms. Andrea Grozdanic, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Ms. Nadine Manket, Programme Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Ms. Lalaharinoro Rasandiharisoa, Staff Assistant, Statistics Division

Ms. Phyllis Roberts, Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues


Mr. Olympios KatsiaouniMr. Olympios Katsiaouni retired from the United Nations after eighteen years in its service as a development economist. His areas of specialization included macroeconomic policy formulation, development planning, economic management, programme resource mobilization, and human resource aspects of environmental management. Mr. Katsiaouni began his career in development as an economic adviser to the Government of Saudi Arabia from 1979 to 1985, after which he moved to Uganda to be part of a World Bank project and later to Gambia as a senior economist with the United Nations. In 1991, he joined DESA in New York, serving as a Senior Adviser on Macroeconomic Management and Sustainable Development within the department’s public administration programme Mr. Katsiaouni holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Jean Le NayMr. Jean Le Nay retired following fifteen years with the United Nations in the role of Adviser on Development Planning. Before joining the UN, Mr. Le Nay served as Dean of Social Sciences and Applied Mathematics at the University of Haute-Bretagne in France from 1982-1983 and, later from 1988 to 1991, was Director of the University’s Social Sciences and Economic Research Laboratory. He joined the United Nations in 1992. Mr. Le Nay also worked for the French Ministry of Cooperation as a consultant on macroeconomics, development planning, and the industrial public sector in Latin America and Africa. He is the author of several articles on industrial strategy, external development, and the economic impact of drought mainly in countries of the African Sahel, and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rennes in France.