DESA News Vol. 12, No. 03 March 2008

Comings and goings


Mr. Thomas Stelzer Mr. Thomas Stelzer of Austria will join DESA as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs beginning in March. Since August 2001, Ambassador Stelzer has been serving as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations at Vienna, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO Preparatory Commission.

Mr. Stelzer was President of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board in 2005/2006, Chair of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission in 2003, and Facilitator and Chair of the Vienna Terrorism Symposiums in 2002 and 2007. Most recently, he served as a Vice-Chair of the Second Conference of States Parties of the UN Convention against Corruption, which he had also co-negotiated.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Stelzer held a number of diplomatic and international posts, including Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York, and Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York. He was the Austrian delegate to the General Assembly Committee for Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) and representative to the governing bodies of UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA.

Mr. Stelzer has a law degree from Vienna University; a Master of Arts in Latin American studies from Stanford University; and a Diploma in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies at Bologna.

The following staff members also joined DESA recently:

Mr. Wai Min Kwok, Associate Programme Officer, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Mr. Oddbjorn Haugen, Associate Statistician, Statistics Division

The following staff members were promoted in February:

Mr. Sami Areikat, Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development

Mr. Srdjan Mrkic, Chief of Social and Housing Statistics Section, Statistics Division

Ms. M. Cristina Rojas Espinosa, Staff Assistant, Executive Office

Mr. Diego Rumiany, Programme Officer, Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination

Mr. Broddi Sigurdarson, Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development