Secretary-General and Staff

WFUNA is governed by Secretary-General Bonian Golmohammadi and supported by staff and interns in New York and Geneva, and senior advisers all over the world.

Secretary-General

Photo of Bonian Golmohammadi, SG of WFUNA (2013)

Bonian Golmohammadi

Secretary-General

Bonian Golmohammadi was elected Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) in August 2009. Since then, WFUNA has substantially grown in its programmatic activities, organizational structure - including the establishment of new offices in Seoul, Korea, Brussels, Belgium and New Delhi, India - and partnerships.

Previously, Mr. Golmohammadi served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Association (UNA) of Sweden for eight years. Under his leadership, UNA-Sweden increased its budget from $1 million to $5 million, and expanded its staff from 10 to 30 full-time employees. During his tenure, Mr. Golmohammadi introduced several new programmatic initiatives, such as a bilateral international project in more than ten countries including China, Georgia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The projects ranged on issues from the Millennium Development Goals, conflict prevention, human rights and organizational capacity building.

In addition to programmatic initiatives, Mr. Golmohammadi guided UNA-Sweden to increase its marketing and public relations capacity. As a result, UNA-Sweden was awarded a Gold Medal at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2009 for True Evidence of War, a media campaign to support war victims of Georgia. UNA Sweden won a gold medal at the EuroBest Advertising Awards in 2009 as well as several PR, advertising and marketing awards in Sweden. UNA Sweden now has over 110 local chapters all over Sweden and more than 100 national organizations as members.

Since 2015, he serves as Co-Chair on the Steering Committee of the Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network (TAP Network), a broad network of CSOs that works to ensure that open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance is at the heart of the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda. Since 2005, Mr. Golmohammadi has served as President of the UNA Europe Network, coordinating United Nations Associations from all over Europe. He has served or is serving on various advisory boards for Swedish Ministers for Development, international development corporations, UN entities, and civil society organizations. Prior to joining UNA-Sweden, Mr. Golmohammadi worked with consultancy and private businesses in Sweden and the Czech Republic, including developing a national globalization project for high schools, working with publishing as well as project management.

Mr. Golmohammadi earned a degree in Political Science, and has studied International Law, Human Rights and Philosophy, from Stockholm and Uppsala Universities.

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Staff 

Allen Abi-Yaghi, Finance and Administration Officer

Allen Abi-Yaghi

Senior Finance and Administration Officer

Allen Abi-Yaghi is the Senior Finance and Administration Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations. He joined the WFUNA team in January 2007, and has since greatly enjoyed the opportunity to combine his professional experience in Finance, his academic background in International Relations, and his passion for interacting with persons in a multi-cultural setting.   Allen holds a Certificate in Inter-Cultural Relations, a Bachelor of Science in International Business, and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations with concentrations in Conflict Resolution and the Middle East. He has contributed to developing Inter-Cultural Relations curriculum for his alma mater, and has years of experience servicing domestic and international Hedge Funds for a New York based Investment Bank with a particular focus on emerging markets. 

Pablo Angulo-Troconis

Youth Program Officer

Pablo is the Youth Program Officer at WFUNA. He is in charge of coordinating WFUNA's overall youth strategy, particularly working to increase youth participation in decision-making spaces at the United Nations. He works with other relevant WFUNA officers to ensure that WFUNA programs include a youth component. Prior to this, Pablo worked as Assistant Coordinator on a Peace and Security project at UNA-Venezuela. He was co-founder of UNA-Venezuela’s Youth Section and a youth activist in Venezuela in favour of inclusion of Venezuelan youth in political processes. Pablo studied Strategic Governance and Political Management at Andres Bello Catholic University and George Washington University, as well as, Modern Languages, International Organizations and Translation at the University of Los Andes. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University.

Vince Fuentes, Student Training Associate

Vincent Fuentes

Student Training Officer

Vincent Fuentes is the Student Training Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations in the New York office and will be assisting with the Advanced Training programs this summer. He first interned with WFUNA as their Development Coordinator in 2010 and returns to the WFUNA team after a stint in health care marketing while volunteering for a variety of local and global non-profits in his hometown of Chicago. Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University, and a MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Whitehead School at Seton Hall University.

Aziel-Philippos Goulandris

Education Officer

Aziel Philippos Goulandris is the Education Officer based in WFUNA's Geneva office. He holds M.A.'s of International Dispute Resolution from King’s College London and International Relations from University of Bordeaux as well as a B.A. of Law. His previous work experience includes serving as a legal officer for the Coast Guard and Navy and as a Human Rights and Humanitarian expert for the Greek Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. He is fluent in Greek, French and English and has a basic knowledge of Italian.

Eui Yun Kim, Program Officer

Eui Yun Kim

Program Officer

Eui Yun Kim is WFUNA's Program Officer. Eui Yun joined the WFUNA team in June 2012 as the Youth Program Associate for 2012-2013 where he implemented the Youth Seminar in New York and the WFUNA Global Youth Forum at WFUNA's 40th Plenary Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His ties with WFUNA started in 2009 as the youth representative for the Korean delegation at the 39th Plenary Meeting in Seoul. He was formerly a member of WFUNA's Youth Advisory Group and was heavily involved in WFUNA's youth programming in the past, including his national UNA and Model UN activities. Eui Yun holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Kyunghee University with a focus on International Law and regionalism. 

Rufina Hyunjin Kim

Education Officer

Rufina Hyunjin Kim is the Education Officer at WFUNA's Seoul office. She joined the team in September 2014 and is currently responsible for the implementation of education programs in the Republic of Korea. Rufina previously worked in the POSCO business planning team for over 3 years, being in charge of planning business strategies and establishing budget plans. She was nominated as an honorary ambassador and has been a major member in vitalizing healthy corporate culture through diverse workshops, campaigns, and restructuring. Along with corporate background, she has been involved in international issues over the past 7 years participating in national and international debate championships, Model United Nations, and volunteering in diverse non-profit organizations. Rufina holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Hanyang University.

Frances Lee

Model UN Program Associate

Frances is the Model UN Associate at WFUNA. She is responsible for coordinating WFUNA’s flagship Model UN conference, WFUNA International Model UN (WIMUN). Frances has actively participated in Model UN activities for more than 10 years as a delegate, Secretariat member and trainer at various conferences throughout Asia, Europe and North America. She became involved with WFUNA’s projects as an instructor at WFUNA Youth Camp: Korea in 2014 and 2015 in addition to being a member of the Secretariat for WIMUN 2014. Frances holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Technology Management and a Certificate in Marketing Management from National Taiwan University.

Joseph Jisong Lim

Partnership Officer

Joseph Jisong Lim is the Partnership Officer at WFUNA's office in Seoul. His role is to manage and develop partner relations as well as to devise and implement innovative projects for WFUNA. His past experience includes scaling up a nation level education integration and rural development project in the Amazon with KOICA and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, receiving the Award for Educational Innovation. He also worked in management consulting and executive coaching/training for many Fortune 500 firms. In his practice as a consultant, he developed a problem solving model that is currently being used by Samsung Electronics to improve their products while building creative capacity. He holds a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University.  

Irene Martinetti

Director of Programs

Irene Martinetti is Director of Programs at the World Federation of UN Associations Office at Geneva. She is responsible for human rights programs, UN affairs, membership coordination, and the overall management of the Geneva office. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies from Ca’ Foscari University, Italy. Her previous work experiences include employment as Senior Research Associate at the Center for UN Reform in New York, as Business Development Associate for Panalpina China Ltd, and internships with BBC Beijing and UNDP. She is fluent in English, French and Mandarin Chinese and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
 

Nais Mouret

Training and Education Associate

Naïs Mouret is WFUNA's Training and Education Associate. She is responsible for supporting officers with planning, implementation and evaluation of trainings and education programs in Geneva. She previously interned within the Office of the Director-General at the UN in Geneva and volunteered in Nepal as an English teacher for children. She took part in several activities to promote the UN values within her University as the president of the UN students’ association and the Model UN Society in Paris. Naïs holds a double Bachelor’s degree of History and Political Science from La Sorbonne Paris I and New York University, specializing in International Relations and Foreign Aid and Development.

John Romano

Coordinator, Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network

John is the Coordinator of the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Post-2015 Civil Society Network, based in the WFUNA New York office. Prior to joining WFUNA, John worked at Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), coordinating global advocacy programs around the UN’s Post-2015 sustainable development agenda. He has also worked for the UN Secretariat with UNDESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, where he helped facilitate the engagement of civil society in the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and coordinated the UN’s social media coverage for the conference. John has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jordan Street

Peace and Disarmament Officer

Jordan is the Peace and Disarmament Officer at WFUNA’s New York office. He is responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing WFUNA’s activities and programs in the areas of Peace, Security, Disarmament and Conflict Prevention. In his position at WFUNA, Jordan runs coordinates work related to the Security Council, while maintaining a focus on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the role of Youth as Peacebuilders – with a special focus on UN Security Council Resolution 2250, and the emerging role of Peace Operations at the UN. Prior to joining WFUNA he had worked with the Quaker United Nations Office in New York on peacebuilding and conflict prevention issues. As well as working with Search for Common Ground in Washington DC, Jordan has worked on a conflict transformation project with a Caritas Development office in Samburu County of Northern Kenya. Jordan holds a MSci in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham, UK, and spent a year studying at Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Mari Ullmann

Director of Sustainable Development

Mari Ullmann is the Director of Sustainable Development at WFUNA in New York, where she is responsible for coordinating the organization’s overall strategy on sustainable development, with a particular focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. She also oversees WFUNA's global citizenship education program, Mission Possible, in support of SDG 4.7. Mari has more than a decade of experience working in international and domestic programs, policy, and advocacy. Prior to joining WFUNA, she served as Advocacy Advisor with Plan International in New York, leading the organization’s post-2015 advocacy at the UN. Previous positions include the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education, and Save the Children in Ethiopia, where she managed emergency education programs for Somali refugees. Mari holds a master’s degree in International Education from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from McGill University.

Maegan White

Digital Media and Communications Officer

Maegan is the Digital Media and Communications Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations in the New York office. She is responsible for innovating and managing WFUNA's digital platforms including social media channels, the website and e-mail newsletters. Her previous experience includes digital asset management at a digital publisher in New York, translating and editing in the Communications department of the Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montreal, and writing for HelpAge Canada. Maegan holds a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University, as well as a M.Sc. in Publishing and Digital Media from New York University.

Megan Wilhelm

Global Citizenship Education Officer

Megan Wilhelm is the Global Citizenship Education Officer at WFUNA in New York. She is responsible for managing Mission Possible, WFUNA’s global citizenship education program. Megan is passionate about education and has worked in the sector for much of her career. She taught first grade in New Haven, CT for two years as a Teach For America corps member and conducted research in Cyprus with a U.S. Fulbright research grant to study intergroup dynamics among students. Megan holds a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as an external consultant to UNICEF as well as the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta. She also holds a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Classics from Kenyon College.

Bill Yotive

Model UN Coordinator

Mr. William Yotive is currently the Model UN Coordinator for WFUNA.  Prior to working at WFUNA, Mr. Yotive was Project Manager of the United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project within the Outreach Division of the UN Department of Public Information for more than 14 years. He was responsible for creating educational materials for schools around the world on the United Nations and global issues on its agenda. In addition, he organized various global videoconferences for students and teachers each year at UN Headquarters on human rights, the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and the observance of the International Day of Peace. Prior to working at the UN, Mr. Yotive was a Director of Research at Sesame Workshop which produces educational television programmes for children, such as Sesame Street. He has designed and conducted many studies to evaluate the impact that these programmes have on the cognitive, social and emotional development of children. Mr. Yotive is an Advisory Council Member of the Committee on Teaching about the UN and also serves on the International Institute on Peace Education Transnational Advisory Group.


Consultants 

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Senior Advisers

Joe Haddad, Senior Adviser to WFUNA

Joe Haddad

Senior Adviser

Joe Haddad is the Volunteer Coordinator and Special Adviser to WFUNA.  Mr. Haddad manages WFUNA’s Kiosk and volunteers. He instructs WFUNA’s volunteers in their duties, advises on merchandise-related purchases at the Kiosk and helps to connect WFUNA's volunteers to the United Nations.

Mr. Haddad is a specialist in venture capital, private equities, international financial developments and policy analysis. He is fluent in five languages and offers a free Arabic language course to WFUNA staff, interns, and volunteers. Mr. Haddad is the president of several private enterprises in the United States. In Germany, in addition to having led his own company, he was the vice president of The German-Lebanese cultural club, where he helped advance bilateral relations. He also helped in organizing major cultural events such as the three-day “Vielvoelkerstadt Hamburg,” and moderated several inter-confessional and intercultural meetings.


Interns


Jessica Gasser - Geneva
Dylan Hunzeker - New York
Javier Jarquin - Geneva
Jun Hyung Kim - Seoul
Alfred Lindberg - New York
Ga Yeon Lee - Seoul
Brittany Miller - New York
Haejin Son - Seoul
Valerie Starobrzenski - New York
Sophie Varenne - New York
Susan Yang - Seoul
Sera Yun - Seoul

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