|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 09||September 2008|
Mr. Michael Philip Guest was recently appointed Chief of the Demographic Analysis Branch in DESA’s Population Division. Mr. Guest is a demographer whose research interests include migration and fertility, areas in which he has published widely. A national of Australia, he moved to Thailand in 1992 where he was a professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research of Mahidol University in Bangkok. Before joining Mahidol, Mr. Guest served as Country Director of the Population Council in Thailand with responsibility for Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mynamar, Thailand, and Yunnan Province of China. His activities included operations research on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, analysis of population data and the role of women.
Guest has conducted research at the Australian National University, the Center for Demography and Social Ecology at the University of Washington, and at Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University in the United States.
The following staff member was promoted in August:
Ms. Lorena Castro, Budget Assistant, Technical Cooperation Management Service
The following staff members retired in August:
Ms. Maria Elena Erana, Reference Assistant, Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination
Ms. Maria Jakosalem, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division
Mr. Ahmed Ozbek, Programming Assistant, Development Policy and Analysis Division