GWI-YEOP SON

GWI-YEOP SON

GWI-YEOP SON

Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia

Gwi has 26 years of diverse international development experience, during which she has remained focused on those left furthest behind and has continuously leveraged humanitarian-peace-development nexus practice, organizational and technological innovation and strategic partnerships. Most recently, Gwi completed a two-year assignment as the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Designated Official in July 2020 in Sudan. During this period, Gwi supported three simultaneous transitions: the transition from the 30-year dictatorship to a people-led democracy, the transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding in the conflict-affected region of Darfur and the transition from humanitarian-centered UN action to SDG-centered sustainable development as underscored by the humanitarian-peace-development nexus. Most recently, she was instrumental in organizing the Berlin Partnership Conference that mobilized over USD 1.8 billion for Sudan, reversing the funding trend from humanitarian to development, contributing to political and socio-economic stability while protecting the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable. Gwi is from the Republic of Korea. 

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Team in Europe and Central Asia

  • Mona Folkesson, Senior Programme Management Officer
  • Michael Schaadt, Regional Liason Officer
  • Nora Sahatciu, UNSDCF Partnership and Programme Officer 
  • Irakli Jaliashvili, Administration and BOS Officer
  • Jonathan Fowler, Regional Communication Officer
  • Svitlana Sengul, Programme Management Assistant