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Task Manager, International Waters

Office Phone: 1(202) 974-1314
Office Phone: 1(202) 223-2004 (Fax) 1 2027254201 900 17th Street, NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20006, USA
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WEST, Kelly
Task Manager, International Waters

Office Phone: +254-20-7624147
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Kelly West joined UNEP in 2009 to oversee and further develop the portfolio of UNEP/GEF International Waters projects in Africa. This portfolio includes projects addressing transboundary water management of large marine ecosystems, river/lake basins and groundwater aquifers in Africa. Most projects contribute to the implementation of international, regional, sub-regional or basin policy documents and rely on the ecosystem approach and principles of IWRM. Previously Kelly worked for IUCN in Eastern Africa for seven years as the Water & Wetlands Coordinator and later the Regional Programme Coordinator where she developed skills in project design and management. She holds an MSc in Geosciences from the University of Arizona and a PhD in Earth & Space Sciences from the University of California - Los Angeles. Her interests include environmental flow assessments and management of lake (especially the African Great Lakes) and river systems.

Junior Programme Officer

Office Phone: +254-20-7624150
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Kati Tahvonen joined the Division of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination in May 2009 as a Junior Professional Officer. She is mainly working with International Waters related projects. Prior to joining UNEP, Ms. Tahvonen worked as a Research Engineer for the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) on several different topics. Her responsibilities included Near-Real time remote sensing products such as sea surface temperature, water quality and marine oil spill pollution. Most recently, she was responsible for marine oil pollution monitoring in Finland. This work comprised cooperation with Finnish authorities, within EU and especially the Baltic Sea countries via Helsinki Commission (HELCOM). Kati Tahvonen holds a Master of Science in Technology (M.Sc. Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology with a major in Remote Sensing.

OKANA, Caroline
Programme Assistant 

Office Phone:+254-20-7624583
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Caroline Okana joined the Division of Global Environment Facility in 2004.  She has been working with the International Waters portfolio.  She has been responsible for providing support to project development activities, project implementation activities as well as providing administrative support to the team and DGEF’s operations.  Additionally providing support for GEF and UNEP Corporate Activities.  Ms. Okana holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computing Studies.

Task Manager, International Waters

Office Phone: +66 2 288 1977 + 66 81 948 9441
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Ampai Harakunarak joined the UNEP/DGEF/ROAP in May 2009 as the Task Manager, responsible for developing and managing GEF-funded international waters projects in the Asia and the Pacific region.  Prior to joining UNEP, she served as a Senior Director of the Thailand Environment Institute (an NGO), the Environment Unit Manager at the UNDP’s Thailand Office, an Operation Officer of World Bank’s Bangkok Office, and a Policy and Plan Analyst of Thailand’s national planning agency – the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Office of the Prime Minister.  She has over 20 years experience in natural resources and environmental management and planning, poverty alleviation and rural development, marine and coastal policy and management, and institutional support and capacity development programs, particularly in Thailand and SE Asia.  Her major areas of work before moving to UNEP include coastal erosion management and planning, community-based environmental management, environmental education, disaster preparedness education, and education for sustainable development (ESD).  Ampai holds a doctoral degree in Marine Studies (Marine Policy) from University of Delaware, USA; a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University, USA; and a master’s degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Thailand.