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.


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

Sustainable Development Officer

Pablo is Sustainable Development Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations where he coordinates WFUNA's sustainable development strategy, specifically on issues related to gender equality, governance, inclusion and civil society engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is also in charge of WFUNA's youth strategy, particularly related to youth participation in decision-making, youth, peace and security and youth engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Pablo is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has previous studies in Strategic Governance, Political Management, International Organizations and Modern Languages.

Finn Carlson

Model UN Program Associate

Finn Carlson is WFUNA’s Model UN Program Associate. In this capacity, he is in charge of coordinating and managing WFUNA’s Model UN Programs, including the WFUNA International Model UN (WIMUN) conferences. Prior to joining WFUNA, Finn interned for the United Nations and the European Union and was engaged in a multitude of WFUNA projects as a student. Finn holds a BA in International Studies and a Msc in Political Science from Leiden University.

Soojin Chen

Education Officer

Soojin is the Education Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations in the Seoul office. She coordinates and contributes to the development of programme strategies in the area of Peace and Education. Prior to joining WFUNA, she has worked in the United Nations Development Programme, Philippines and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford.

Irene Jihee Choi

Student Training Fellow

Irene Jihee Choi is the Student Training Fellow at WFUNA’s Seoul office. She is responsible for assisting WFUNA with the planning, implementation and evaluation of education programmes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Korean Studies and Political Science from Sogang University. Irene first worked at WFUNA as a Policy Research Intern in 2015 and has been involved in a variety of education programmes including Model UN, international development projects, and volunteer works for more than 6 years in Korea and Cambodia.

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.

E.J. Eun-Jung Koh

Administrative Officer

E.J. Eun-Jung Koh is the Administrative Officer at WFUNA’s Seoul Office. She joined the team in May 2018 and is currently responsible for coordinating administrative affairs of the Seoul Office. Her past experience includes working at the Korea Cycling Federation as the international affairs coordinator and was in charge of organizing international cycling races within Korea, arranging logistics for the national cycling team of Korea, and communicating with the International Cycling Union and other national federations.

Peter Youngjin Lee

Training and Education Associate

Peter Youngjin Lee is the Training and Education Associate at WFUNA’s Seoul Office. He joined the team in March 2016 and is currently responsible for coordinating education programs in the Republic of Korea. Peter has actively participated in Model UN activities for more than 10 years as delegate and Secretariat member at various conferences throughout Asia and Europe. He became involved with WFUNA’s work as a trainer at WFUNA Youth Camp: Korea 2016. His previous work experience includes serving as an Interpretation Officer and a Protocol Officer for the Republic of Korea Navy. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Hanyang University.

Joseph Jisong Lim

Senior Partnerships and Innovation Officer

Joseph Jisong Lim is the Senior Partnerships and Innovation 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.  

Tenar Lorente

Training and Education Associate

Tenar Lorente is WFUNA's Training and Education Associate in Geneva. She is responsible for supporting WFUNA with planning, implementation and evaluation of trainings and education programs in Geneva. She previously worked for the NGO UPR Info and the Spanish Permanent Mission to the UN. among other organisations in Geneva. Tenar studied International Relations at the University of Arkansas and holds a MAs from the Spanish Royal Institute of European Studies. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and has a working knowledge of Italian.

Sophie Varenne

Human Rights Associate

Sophie is the Human Rights Associate at WFUNA’s office in Geneva. She is currently in charge of developing the ‘Not under the United Nations Flag’ campaign to end sexual exploitation and abuses in UN peace operations. She joined WFUNA in September 2016 as Peace and Disarmament intern. Sophie also worked as Project Assistant on the 16+ Forum between March 2016 and November 2017. Her previous work experiences include interning in a human rights NGO in Rabat and an international law firm in Paris. Sophie holds a Master in International law from Panthéon-Assas University in Paris and a Master in American law from Boston University.

Margaret Williams

Senior Peace and Security Officer

Margaret Williams is the Senior Peace and Security Officer at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). She also acts as the Coordinator of the 16+ Forum, a multi-stakeholder platform, of which WFUNA is the Secretariat, designed to showcase and share best practices in SDG 16+ implementation at national and local levels. With experience in policy, advocacy and programming, Margaret has worked on issues related to inclusion and state-society relations, youth empowerment, gender equality and education. Beyond New York, she has lived and worked in Tunisia, Palestine, Cyprus and Greece. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and has published on youth, peacebuilding, violent extremism, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

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 

Yujia Fu

Education Consultant

Yujia is the Education Consultant based in WFUNA's New York office. She holds an M.A.'s of International Educational Development with a concentration on peace/ human rights/global citizenship education from Columbia University. She previously worked with various educational NGOs and schools in the US, Japan, and China. Yujia is passionately committed to promoting peace and intercultural understanding through educational approaches and empower youth to engage in and contribute their capacities towards global peacebuilding and sustainable development. Since joining the WFUNA education team, Yujia has been central in expanding the United Nations Training Programs globally, by identifying potential partners, forming new curriculums and facilitating the training sessions.

Soujanya Ganig

National Program Coordinator, Mission Possible: India

 

Soujanya Ganig is the National Program Coordinator for WFUNA’s Mission Possible program in India. She is responsible for the implementation and expansion of Mission Possible, WFUNA’s global citizenship education program, in India. Soujanya has previously worked with a wide range of stakeholders in the education sector and developed a holistic understanding of the landscape. She has taught at a public school in Delhi as a Teach for India Fellow, and has worked with think tanks and policy research organizations. She also has worked with a Member of Parliament in India where she researched issues and legislation related to school and higher education, skills development, youth affairs and women and child development. She holds a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media, English and Psychology from Christ University in Bangalore, India. 

Isabelle Tibi

Global Citizenship Education Consultant

Isabelle Tibi is the Global Citizenship Education Consultant at the World Federation of United Nations Associations. Based in our New York office, she manages Mission Possible, WFUNA’s flagship global citizenship education program for high school students, focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2006, she has designed and managed educational programs with the United Nations, higher education institutions, and nongovernmental organizations in Canada, the United States, Peru, Colombia, and on assignments in Africa and Asia. From 2013-2017, she worked at the UN Alliance of Civilizations in New York City, where she implemented programs to strengthen young people’s contribution to social inclusion in their communities. Isabelle holds a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Denise Torres

Peace and Security Consultant

Denise is currently the Peace and Security Consultant for WFUNA’s New York office. Since joining the team in September 2017 as a Program Assistant and now as a Consultant, she has focused on advancing the “Transparency, Accountability and Openness and the UNSC” portfolio, as well as providing support to 16+ Forum initiatives. Prior to joining WFUNA, her experience included working as a Project Development Assistant for a renewable energy consulting firm in Bogotá and as an NGO Representative to the UN. She holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University, has lived in six countries and has native fluency in Spanish.

Kanchana Varatharajalu

National Program Coordinator, Mission Possible: Singapore

 

Kanchana is passionate about global issues and development. Previously, she has worked with an international non-profit organization where she researched on urban programming in Asia.  Kanchana has also worked in a think tank after her post-graduate studies. She is well versed with the education sector in Singapore as she has taught for several years in the public schools. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and a bachelor’s degree in English Language from SIM University (Singapore).


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

Leah Bronstein - Geneva
Ryan Brummelen - Geneva
Sylvia Brummitt - Geneva
Monica Burba - New York
Hyunggee Choi - Seoul
Brian Diah - Geneva
Nicholas Astier - New York
Calvin Sexton - New York
Subin Park - Seoul
Wookhyun Yoo - Seoul
Marie KIM - Seoul
Seongho JU- Seoul
Hojin Lee - Seoul











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