Our Team in Armenia

Nanna Skau

Nanna Skau

Resident Coordinator a.i.
 
For the past 14 years Nanna Skrumsager Skau has been working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), supporting access to food and nutrition security for populations in need around the world.
Before taking up duties for WFP Armenia, as Deputy Country Director in 2019, she was Head of Programme in WFP’s Country Office in Lao PDR. She has held WFP assignments in China and in DPR Korea. In DPR Korea, besides working for WFP, Ms. Skau also worked as UN Resident Coordination Officer (RC officer).
Before joining the UN, Ms. Skau worked for the European Commission Civil Protection Office and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) for almost four years working on Health and Food Aid policy formulation and specifically on food assistance coordination in humanitarian aid.
Ms. Skau started her career for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs working in the Asia Department with EU Asia policy coordination and development aid to Afghanization. She was over the years desk officer for Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, DPR Korea, Mongolia and Afghanistan. In total, Ms. Skau has been working with international relations, humanitarian and development assistance for more than 20 years.

UN Resident Coordinator

Hiring process
 
 
 
Armine Petrosyan

Armine Petrosyan

UNIC
National Information Officer
 
Ms. Petrosyan is the head of the UN Department of Public Information Yerevan Office since June 2020. During her service at the UN, she has been in charge of the office heading the communications and public information mandate, as well as leading the UN Communications Group. Ms Petrosyan is fully engaged in the work of the RCO as well.
Ms. Petrosyan is an award-winning communications strategist that has built a strong track record of innovation ecosystem knowledge and an ability to design and translate integrated marketing communications across all levels. She is a keynote speaker and researcher in the field of neuromarketing and has been published in various international academic journals and books.Prior to her current position she has held various roles with local and international foundations, universities, communications agencies, and startups. Ms. Petrosyan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics, Marketing, PR and Advertising from the University of Sheffield, Master’s degree in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Information and Public Communication Technologies and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language and Literature, Pedagogy from Brusov State University.
Carolin Geginat

Carolin Geginat

World Bank
Country Manager
 
 
 
Carolin Geginat is the Country Manager of the World Bank (WB) for Armenia as of July, 2021.
Since joining the Bank in 2003, Ms. Geginat has held several positions at the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She served most recently as the WB Lead Economist for Eastern and Southern Africa and before that for four years as Program Leader for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions in Southern Africa.
Ms. Geginat joined the World Bank in 2003 to work on delivering debt relief to African countries under the Highly Indebted and Poor Country (HIPC) Initiative. She later became a researcher for the Bank’s Doing Business Report team and served as its Co-Manager until 2014, when she joined the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department to work on the Post Arab Spring Response.
Between 2016 and 2020, she was based in Maputo, Mozambique, to lead the World Bank’s lending and advisory work in the areas of macro-economic and public sector management, governance, private and financial sector development, poverty measurement and statistics for Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Ms. Geginat, a German national, holds a dual M.A in Economics and International Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany, and an Advanced Degree in Economic Policy Research from the Kiel Institute for World Economics, Germany.
Christine Weigand

Christine Weigand

UNICEF
Representative
 
Before taking up her post in Armenia, Ms. Weigand served as UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan from June 2019 to September 2021 and UN Resident Coordinator ad interim to the Republic of Turkmenistan from December 2020 until July 2021. Previously, Ms. Weigand was UNICEF Deputy Representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran (2015-2019) and UNICEF Chief of Social Policy and Evaluation (2012-2015) in Madagascar.
Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Weigand worked with KfW Entwicklungsbank (German Development Bank) from 2008 to 2011 as project manager and sector economist for social protection, and with the World Bank based in Washington DC between 2001 and 2008, where she was part of the global expert team on social protection and provided technical support on social safety net programmes and public expenditure reviews of social sectors. She started her career in 2001 as a Research Analyst with the Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm.
Ms. Weigand, a national of Austria, holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Studies from Maastricht University, in The Netherlands. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German.

Country Representative

UNIDO
Hiring process
 
 
 
Gayane Nasoyan

Gayane Nasoyan

FAO
Assistant Representative
 
Ms. Nasoyan took up her position as Assistant FAO Representative in Armenia from April 2010. Ms. Nasoyan holds a Master’s degree in Foreign languages and literature from Yerevan State University. She also studied at the Armenian State Agrarian University, has a Certificate of Achievement of Management Development Programme from Harvard Business Publishing School and has a Diploma in Water and Crop Production Management Programme at the International Agricultural Training Centre (IATC), Galilee International Management Institute in Israel.
She started her career as a lecturer at Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. Later she continued her work at the Academy of Sciences of Armenia as a junior researcher. Over the span of her career, Ms. Nasoyan has worked for various development projects funded by USAID and USDA. She has also served with the UNDP/FAO Joint Agricultural and Rural Development Coordination Unit in Yerevan and as well as for FAO emergency projects. Ms. Nasoyan is in charge of managing FAO’s Programme in the Republic of Armenia. Ms. Nasoyan acts as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the FAO Representative and manages the day-to-day operations of the FAO Representation Office, with responsibility for managerial, administrative and financial matters for both the Representation and the projects under the field programme. Apart from her native Armenian language, she is proficient in English and Russian.
She successfully completed the “Management Development Programme” of Harvard Business School during 2014-2015. On May 27, 2019, Gayane Nasoyan was awarded with the Gold Medal of the Ministry of Agriculture for her outstanding contribution to the development of Armenian agriculture.
Ilona Ter-Minasyan

Ilona Ter-Minasyan

IOM
Head of Office
 
Ms. Ter-Minasyan has been in the office since May 2007. Before that Ms. Ter-Minasyan worked as Gender Adviser for the UN Country Team and was leading the process of engendering Armenia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, strengthening capacity of national stakeholders to plan and monitor implementation of government commitments to gender equality and women's human rights. Before that (2001-2006) she worked for UNIFEM as Project Coordinator for the regional (South Caucasus) peace and security programme. In 1999 – 2000, Ms. Ter-Minasyan worked for UNDP preparing Development Cooperation Reports for Armenia.
Kavita Belani

Kavita Belani

UNHCR
Representative
 
Ms. Belani is a Malaysian national, who studied Law at the University of London and speaks six languages. She has around 25 years of experience with UNHCR in the fields of human rights and international protection. Prior to her current position, she has served as UNHCR Deputy Chief of Mission in India. Previously, Ms. Belani has held various positions in UNHCR offices in Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Iraq and Thailand. In addition, she has served as a senior advisor for the response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Marthe Everard

Marthe Everard

WHO
Special Representative of the WHO Regional Director to Armenia
 
Dr. Marthe Everard is a Dutch and British qualified Pharmacist (PharmD) with a Master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing․ She has a Diploma in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Everard brings over 30 years of public health experience at country, regional and HQ levels in WHO. In her leadership roles, she worked in health system strengthening with a focus on integrated health services, access to affordable essential medicines and diagnostics for priority diseases and health conditions, and specifically medicine availability by integrating medical supply systems into national health systems. She worked extensively with national governments, local and international NGOs and other UN partners in sometimes difficult work environments and geopolitical circumstances.
She worked in 3 WHO Regions: Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, as well as at WHO/HQ in Geneva. She was previously WHO Representative in Somalia, Ukraine and Tajikistan.
Nanna Skau

Nanna Skau

WFP
Representative and Country Director
 
For the past 14 years Nanna Skrumsager Skau has been working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), supporting access to food and nutrition security for populations in need around the world.
Before taking up duties for WFP Armenia, as Deputy Country Director in 2019, she was Head of Programme in WFP’s Country Office in Lao PDR. She has held WFP assignments in China and in DPR Korea. In DPR Korea, besides working for WFP, Ms. Skau also worked as UN Resident Coordination Officer (RC officer).
Before joining the UN, Ms. Skau worked for the European Commission Civil Protection Office and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) for almost four years working on Health and Food Aid policy formulation and specifically on food assistance coordination in humanitarian aid.
Ms. Skau started her career for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs working in the Asia Department with EU Asia policy coordination and development aid to Afghanization. She was over the years desk officer for Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, DPR Korea, Mongolia and Afghanistan. In total, Ms. Skau has been working with international relations, humanitarian and development assistance for more than 20 years.
Natia Natsvlishvili

Natia Natsvlishvili

UNDP
Resident Representative
 
Natia Natsvlishvili has over 20 years of experience in development.
Natia Natsvlishvili assumed her role as Resident Representative of UNDP in Armenia in September 2021.
From December 2018 to August 2021 she served as Resident Representative a.i. at the UNDP Turkmenistan Country Office. She led a diverse team of national and international staff and consultants in realization of the cooperation priorities between UNDP and Turkmenistan in support of the country’s Sustainable Development aspirations. Ms. Natsvlishvili has promoted UNDP’s positioning as a partner of choice for government and other development stakeholders, as well as led the doubling of the Country Office portfolio in volume and diversity.
Prior to her duties in Turkmenistan, Ms. Natsvlishvili served as Assistant Resident Representative, Head of Programme at UNDP Georgia Country Office (2014-2018). She was leading the programme team composed of 4 portfolios covering Democratic Governance, Economic Development, Energy and Environment and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. During 2007-2013, Ms. Natsvlishvili led the Governance portfolio in UNDP Georgia, overseeing large-scale development projects. Before joining UNDP, Ms. Natsvlishvili worked as Economist at the International Monetary Fund office in Tbilisi, OSCE Mission to Georgia and National Bank of Georgia. Ms. Natsvlishvili has in-depth academic experience, and was delivering various courses in leading Georgian universities during 2002-2010.
Natia Natsvlishvili holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (2002), and Master in Physics and Mathematics from Tbilisi State University (2000). Natia Natsvlishvili is a Georgian national. She has one son.
Nune Hovhannisyan

Nune Hovhannisyan

ILO
National Coordinator
 
Ms Hovhannisyan holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry. She brings 11 years of experience in employment and social protection, skills development and labour rights. Ms Hovhannisyan's main areas of expertise include design and implementation of employment policy and labour rights. She contributed to development of policy papers, legal regulations on labour and employment. Prior joining the ILO, Ms Hovhannisyan was the Deputy Head of the National Employment Service. She started her assignment as the ILO National Coordinator in 2005.
Roza Babayan

Roza Babayan

UNAIDS
Country Manager
 
In 2021 Roza Babayan was appointed as Country Director of the UNAIDS Joint Programme in Armenia.
Before this appointment, and since 2017 Ms. Babayan was working at UNAIDS National Programme, as a consultant. Ms. Babayan has been working in public health for more than 17 years. She started her career in the Ministry of Health Sanitary and Antiepidemic Inspection (current National CDC) and continued in 2006 in the Ministry of Health Legal department as a Lawyer. In 2008, Ms. Babayan became the Head of Legislation improvement and analysis Division. Ms. Babayan previously worked as a consultant in different working groups for WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, CH2M HILL, USAID, Council of Europe office in Yerevan, Joint Global Fund, World Vision Armenia, and Open Society Foundation-Armenia. She worked on include health policy development, health care and human rights protection in prisons in Armenia, biosafety policy and regulatory reforms, sexual and reproductive health rights, healthy lifestyle, maternal and child health rights, health human resource development, legislation on international health regulations, palliative care, tobacco control and HIV/AIDS policy.
Starting from 2013, she was the Head of Health Law and Bioethics Department of the “National Institute of Health named after academician S. Avdalbekyan”. Ms. Babayan is a co-author of the Medical Law course for postgraduate doctors and has been teaching this course to doctors and clinical residents since 2013.
Sergey Shipilov

Sergey Shipilov

UNDSS
Security Adviser
 
 
 
Sergey Shipilov is in the office from September 2023.
Mr. Shipilov commenced his career in the United Nations in 1992 and worked as a DPKO UN Police Officer in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. In 2001 he was appointed as a Deputy Chief UN Police Training Section in DPKO UN HQ in New York. In 2005 he joined UNDSS and worked in Sri Lanka, Iran, Gaza, Armenia, and Iraq. Mr. Shipilov has two Master’s Degrees: in Teaching and Law.
Tsovinar Harutyunyan

Tsovinar Harutyunyan

UNFPA
Head of Office
 
Tsovinar Harutyunyan has been working in the field of human rights with a focus on women’s rights and gender equality, since early 2000s. In 2013, Ms. Harutyunyan joined UNFPA as a National Program Analyst. In September 2019, she became Assistant Representative and in January 2020 - Head of Office. Prior to joining UNFPA, she worked at the OSCE for nine years. Ms. Harutyunyan also has experience in NGO sector in the area of human rights. By her first profession she is a linguist, she studied political science and holds MA in Comparative Legal Studies at the American University of Armenia.
Vladimir Shkolnikov

Vladimir Shkolnikov

OHCHR
Senior Human Rights Adviser for the South Caucasus
 
 
 
Mr. Shkolnikov has been in the office since July 2011. Prior to this assignment he held a number of positions in the intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations focusing on human rights and good governance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
From 2009 to 2011 he was a Senior Fellow at the Jefferson Institute with offices in Belgrade, Serbia and Washington, DC. From 2008 to 2009 he held the post of the Director of the Europe Office of Freedom House in Budapest, Hungary where he was responsible for the publication of Nations in Transit, an annual survey of democratic reform in 29 countries from Central Europe to Central Asia. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Head of the Democratization Department, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) in Warsaw, Poland. From 1995 to 2004 he was the Adviser on Migration and Freedom of Movement at OSCE/ODIHR. From 1989 to 1994 he held the position of Resident Research Consultant at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California while he was working on his doctoral dissertation.
Dr. Shkolnikov published a number of articles and policy briefs on human rights, governance, and migration in the former Soviet region and its neighboring states. He earned his Ph. D. and Master’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis at the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies in Santa Monica, California.