DESA News Vol. 13, No. 03 March 2009

Comings and goings


Ms. Hanifa MezouiMs. Hanifa Mezoui, Chief of the NGO Section, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA, retired as well on 28 February 2009, having served in that position for the past ten years. Among her many achievements over these years, she was instrumental in creation of the United Nations Informal Regional Network (UN-NGO-IRENE), developed as a critical channel for communicating key themes and programs between the UN and the NGO community, including marginalized groups in developing countries. Ms. Mezoui has also established a strong partnership among 65 Economic and Social Councils from developed and developing countries in collaboration with the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS).

Prior to her joining of the NGO Section, Ms. Mezoui served in the area of Human Resources for eighteen years where she directed her efforts to bringing nationals from under-represented countries to work at the United Nations.

Mr. Sergei KambalovMr. Sergei Kambalov, Chief of the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA, retired on 28 February 2009. Among his many achievements, he was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Prior to his joining of the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Mr. Kambalov served as Deputy Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat of the ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, Chief, Policy Coordination Section, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination from 2000 to 2002, and member of the author team of the World Economic and Social Survey from 1989 to 1997).

Before his service to the United Nations in February 1989, Mr. Kambalov worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and in academia.

The following staff members also retired in February 2009:

Mr. Barry Mirkin, Chief of Section, Population Division

Mr. Franciso Ilagan, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division


The following staff members were promoted in February 2009:

Ms. Renata Kaczmarska, Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development

Ms. Maria Victoria Tangonan, Meeting Services Assistant, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination

Mr. Billy Chen, Information Technology Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development