MDP Faculty

Ambassador Jean-Marc Boulgaris, Ambassador and former Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. He started his career in the diplomatic service in 1968 and has held many postings, including as Deputy Permanent Observer of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York, Political Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador to Denmark and Colombia. He also represented Switzerland in meetings of the GATT, EFTA, OECD and the IAEA.

In 2003-2004, Ambassador Boulgaris was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He served as Member of the UNITAR Board of Trustees and is a Member of the Board of the Friends of the Conference of NGOs accredited to the Economic and Social Council (CONGO), in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. Alice Hecht is the former Chief of Protocol of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2006-2009) where she was a key interlocutor between Heads of States, Governments and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Secretariat on organization of their participation to the General Assembly, summits, and United Nations international conferences. She worked previously as the Chief of the Logistics Section the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations (1991-1992), the Chief Administrative Officer of the UN Special Commission for Iraq (1992-2003), and the Director of Administration of the UN Mission in Kosovo (2003-2006). Ms. Alice Hecht was born and educated in Belgium where she received her Licence en Sciences Sociales from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Tim Murithi is Head of the Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, in Cape Town, and a Research Fellow with the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. He has previously worked with the: Institute for Security Studies, in Addis Ababa;  Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, in the United Kingdom; Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town; and the Programme in Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy, in the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in Geneva, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D in International Relations from the Department for International Relations, Keele University, England. He has worked as an Adviser to the African Union; UN Development Programme, in Sierra Leone; and the Crisis Management Initiative, in Helsinki, on peace and security issues. He is on the International Advisory Boards of the: African Journal of Conflict Resolution; Journal of Peacebuilding and Development; African Peace and Conflict Journal and the journal Peacebuilding.

He is the author of over 75 publications, including two authored and four edited books. His most recent publication is an edited book entitled: The African Union Peace and Security Council: A Five Year Appraisal (2012).

Mr. Éric Blanchot, 40, is the coordinator for the Sahel region at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. Since 2002 he has been working as a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and at a number of other French universities (EP Lille Science Po, Ponts et Chaussées, ESSEC and others). As of February 2006, Éric BLANCHOT has been involved in the training programme of the Initiative for Collaborative Leadership and Cohesion in the Democratic Republic of Congo (ILCCE) and he also worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ivory Coast where he facilitated meetings between members of the Integrated Command Centre. He is furthermore active as a facilitator in the area of social affairs in France where he advises a number of trade union confederations on inter-professional negotiations. Éric Blanchot also acts as a negotiator in private litigations. In addition to the activities mentioned above, Mr. Blanchot is the author and director of a number of documentary films for French television.

Ambassador Walther Lichem started his career at the United Nations Secretariat - UN Centre for Natural Resources, Energy and Transport - in New York (1966-1971) with field missions on water resources development issues to Ethiopia (1971), to Argentina (1971-1974) and as advisor to the Senegal River Development Organisation (1980). After joining the Austrian diplomatic service he served as Austrian Consul General in Ljubljana, SR Slovenia (1976-1980), as Ambassador to Chile (1980-1984) and to Canada (1993-2000). At the Ministry he worked in the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister, in the Department of East-West Security Issues, as Director of the Department of Multilateral Development Cooperation and as Director of the Department of International Organizations where i.a. he was responsible for United Nations reform, Austria’s membership in the Security Council and for UN peacekeeping operations. He served as Chair of the European North/South campaign, as Rapporteur on Human Rights, Democracy and Development of the UN World Conference on Human Rights (1993), as president of the European association of space agencies, EURISY (2004-2006), and as president of Interpress Service, IPS, (1997-2004). He passed his experience with the United Nations on to students of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy (1989-1993), the University of Alberta, Canada (2005-2006) and to participants in UNITAR- and ACUNS-workshops dealing with the UN and global governance issues. His more recent assignments include his membership in the ASE-International Panel on Asteroid Treat Mitigation (2007-2009) and an advisory mission to sixteen African countries regarding the creation of a regional organisation for the protection of the marine and coastal ecosystems of the Guinea current (2010-2011). 

Ambassador Shola Omoregie is founder and President of the Africa Peace Support, LLC, an international consulting firm with a focus on political and security consultancy.  A former career diplomat at the United Nations, Ambassador Omoregie is an expert on the United Nations Security Council and peace operations having had a dedicated and distinguished service at the United Nations spanning over three decades. From January to March 2010, he led an International Team of Consultants to review ten African Union Political Liaison Offices/Missions in Africa.

From October 2006 - December 2008, he served as the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau and Head of United Nations Peace-building Support office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS). Prior to this, hewas Chief of Branch of the United Nations Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch in the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political Affairs. Prior to this, he also served in the Sanctions and Secretariat Branches of the Security Council Affairs Division.

As a member of the United Nations Task Force on Assistance to the African Union (from 2003 – 2005), he assisted the African Union in the establishment of the modalities for the operation of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC), including the drafting of the rules of procedure of the PSC and preparation of the working methods of the Council.

Ambassador Omoregie joined the United Nations system in 1978 as the first Resident Representative of the United Nations Commissioner for Namibia in Botswana. He subsequently served in various capacities at the United Nations, including as Representative of the United Nations Commissioner for Namibia in Angola (1988-1990); Secretary of the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (1992-1994); and he wasSecretary of two subsidiary organs (Sanctions Committees) of the UN Security Council (1992-1995).

He served in the Foreign Service of Nigeria since June 1972 and rose to the rank of Ambassador. He served in an extensive number of roles in the Foreign Service, including at Nigerian diplomatic missions in Beijing (China), London, and later in Liverpool, England, UK, as the Area Officer of Nigeria (Head of Mission). He is the author of a new book, Witness to Transformation – My Years at the United Nations and co-edited Nigeria and the United States - Twists and Turns through Five Decades. He is also the publisher of Africa Peace and Security Monitor, a quarterly political and security analytical newsletter.

Dr. Klaus Huefner is former university professor (Free University Berlin), who combined his teaching and research activities on the United Nations system with NGO related work in many different functions of the United Nations Association of Germany, the German Commission for UNESCO, the World Federation for the United Nations (WFUNA), and the Global Policy Forum. Dr. Huefner published several books and many articles on UN affairs.

Ambassador Alan Hunt CMG, FCIM, FRGS (UK) is a former Ambassador and Director of the University of Oxford Foreign Service Programme. His career in the British Diplomatic Service included postings in Tehran, Jedda, Panama, Madrid, Oslo, Buenos Aires (where he played a central role in the restoration of diplomatic relations after the Falklands conflict) and Düsseldorf (where he was Consul-General and Director-General for Trade and Investment Promotion in Germany). During postings in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London he handled international oil policy and relations with East Africa and Southern Europe, was Senior Civilian Directing Staff Member at the Royal College of Defence Studies and Director Overseas Trade. His final posting was as High Commissioner in Singapore. After leaving the Diplomatic Service he was for seven years Director of the Foreign Service Programme at Oxford University. He is now an author and consultant, in which capacity he also lectures on diplomacy and runs training courses in diplomatic practice. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. He was made a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) in 1990 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Alan Hunt holds a First Class Honours Degree in European Studies from the University of East Anglia.

Johannah Bernstein is an international environmental lawyer with law degrees from Oxford University (UK) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada), as well as a B.A. degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Maine (USA). She was admitted to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1989. Johannah Bernstein has been engaged in multilateral environmental diplomacy since 1991, first as director of the Canadian coalition of NGOs involved in the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and later on, working with several international environmental organizations (EarthAction, the Earth Council and the Stockholm Environment Institute) for which she developed advocacy and lobbying initiatives on a range of global sustainability issues in the follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit. She is also one of the founding editors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, now considered to be the one of the most authoritative reporting sources for United Nations sustainable development negotiation processes.

Johannah Bernstein currently runs her own environmental law and policy consulting practice out of Canada and Switzerland. There are three related tracks to her work. The first focus involves sustainable development policy advice to national governments and international organizations. Past clients have included: the European Commission (DG Environment, DG Development); UN organizations such as UNEP, UNDP, UNITAR, the Secretariat to the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, as well as the Environment and Foreign Affairs Ministries of the Governments of Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands. Johannah Bernstein continues to serve as external policy advisor to the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs on a wide range of global sustainability issues and international negotiation processes.

Ambassador Ronald A. Walker is a senior international consultant to UNITAR and Visiting Fellow at the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Canberra. He has studied at Sophia University (Tokyo), Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. He was an Australian diplomat for 38 years with eight postings overseas (three at Ambassadorial level) and twelve different assignments in Canberra (six in the Senior Executive Service). His areas of specialization were initially South East Asia but from 1974 to 1996 international security (especially nuclear issues) and multilateral issues. He was Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and later Vienna where he was concurrently Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia–Herzegovina and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency for 1993-94.

Since 1997 he has been lecturing at Monash University, in the Australian Foreign Service training program, at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy and for the UN. He has written several articles on nuclear arms control, “Multilateral Conferences: purposeful international negotiation” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004) and “Glossary of Terms for UN Delegates” (with Brook Boyer, UNITAR, 2005) which has since been translated into French and Spanish. His “Manual for UN Delegates – Conference Process, Procedure and Negotiation”  was first published in 2012 in hard copy and electronic form. It has been widely  distributed and is currently being translated into several languages. His main academic interest is in the role of process in determining outcomes.

Ron’s other interests include African and Australian Aboriginal art and antique prints and maps, in which he also deals. 

 


Amr Aljowaily is Minister Plenipotentiary at the Mission of Egypt to the UN in NY. He is currently visiting faculty at UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Program, and Lecturer in Multilateral Diplomacy at Diplo (www.diplomacy.edu). His previous diplomatic postings are Geneva and Washington. At the Foreign Ministry, he served as Director of UN Affairs, member of the Cabinets of the Minister and First Undersecretary and the departments of multilateral political and economic issues. He was member of the Egyptian delegations to summits and Ministerial Meetings of the WSIS, South Summit, the League of Arab States, African Union, as well as UNCTADXI and ITU's Plenipotentiary 2006. He was vice chair of the UN Disarmament Commission in 2013, Facilitator for the International Tracing Instrument for the Second Review Conference on the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons in 2012, vice chair of the General Assembly's First Committee (on disarmament and international security) in 2011, Chair of WTO’s Committee on Information Technology Agreement in 2007, Chair of the Negotiating Group on Market Access the Global System of Trade Preferences in 2007, and twice Coordinator of the African Group to UNCTAD and the ITU (2003-2005). 
He was a Lecturer in Political Science at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and Board Member of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies (1994-1996). He was also Coordinator of International Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (2001-2003). He started his career in print and broadcast journalism, and in research centers. He published some of the earliest analytical works in Arabic on ICTs and International Relations.
 He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Studies from AUC, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta.

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