Secretariat Senior Staff

Deputy Executive Secretary

Ovais Sarmad,
Deputy Executive Secretary

The Deputy Executive Secretary supports the Executive Secretary in managing the UNFCCC secretariat and its staff, and advises her on a range of issues related to the development and strengthening of the organization as an institution, including strategic operations planning; programme budget planning, monitoring and evaluation; strategic oversight of resource mobilization efforts; staff well-being and long-term HR resource planning; oversight of institutional governance arrangements; and guidance to support to intergovernmental affairs in the context of overall secretariat operations.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1542,

Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination

The Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination ensures that the secretariat provides high quality technical input and advice to Parties on all aspects related to the negotiation process as well as efforts undertaken by governments to implement the mandates under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
Contact:(+49 228) 815-15 55,

Mr. Martin Frick
Martin Frick,
Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination


Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation
Youssef Nassef,
Director, Adaptation

The Adaptation Programme facilitates guidance and support to Parties on all aspects of the adaptation continuum, as well as on the scientific basis underlying climate ambition and the global goals for climate action. It supports three leading constituted bodies, provides solid scientific information to Parties and engages a broad range of stakeholders in promoting climate-resilient development. It also supports the intergovernmental process on associated agenda items, including the Global Stocktake and the adaptation elements of the Paris Agreement.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1337,

Finance, Technology & Capacity-building

The Finance, Technology and Capacity-building programme supports international cooperation on the mobilization of financial resources, technology development and transfer, and building of individual, institutional and systemic capacity to enable and support Parties to take enhanced action on climate change. In particular, it supports the work of the Standing Committee on Finance and the Technology Executive Committee and facilitates knowledge sharing on capacity-building needs and actions. The Programme also coordinates the secretariat’s outreach to the United Nations system and the Secretary General's office.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1610,

Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff
Daniele Violetti,
Director, Finance, Technology & Capacity-building

Mitigation, Data & Analysis

Donald Cooper, Director, Mitigation, Data & Analysis

Donald Cooper,
Director, Mitigation, Data & Analysis

The Mitigation, Data & Analysis programme supports the intergovernmental process in relation to climate change mitigation. This includes mitigation commitments and actions; nationally determined contributions; nationally appropriate mitigation actions; land use issues, such as: reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, land use, land-use change and forestry; agriculture; and the impact of the implementation of response measures. It facilitates the measurement, reporting and verification of information and data submitted by all Parties including, Multilateral Assessment and the Facilitative Sharing of Views.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1417,

Sustainable Development Mechanisms

The Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme supports the three Kyoto Protocol market-based mechanisms – the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and International Emissions Trading (IET) – as well as the elaboration of new mechanisms and approaches under the Convention, namely the Framework for Various Approaches (FVA), Non-Market-Based Approaches (NMA) and the New Market-Based Mechanism (NMM). Its responsibilities include supporting the work of the CDM Executive Board and Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) on technical, policy and governance matters, and supporting Parties in their deliberations in the context of the international climate change negotiations.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1615,

James Grabert, Director Sustainable Development Mechanisms
James Grabert,
Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms

Legal Affairs

Hafida Lahiouel, Director, Legal Affairs
Hafida Lahiouel,
Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs provides legal advice and support on matters relating to the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, the agreed outcomes under the Bali Road Map and the Doha Climate Gateway, as well as the further development of the Climate Change regime and the operations of the secretariat and the UNFCCC process. Legal Affairs also provides substantive and logistical support to the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1301,

 Administrative Services

Administrative Services carries out the overall administration of the secretariat; develops policies and guidance for the management of financial and human resources; manages procurement activities and secretariat-wide operating costs funded from the core budget; and monitors transactions undertaken by administrative teams in individual programmes.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1962,

Juleka Rajah

Juleka Rajah,
Officer-in-Charge, Director, Administrative Services

Conference Affairs Services

Laura Lopez, Director, Conference Affairs Services

Laura Lopez, Director, Conference Affairs Services

The Conference Affairs Services programme plans and organizes UNFCCC conferences and sessions, providing services and support to Parties and accredited observer organizations. Its functions include efficient and sustainable event management; registration, accreditation and protocol support to Parties and observers; the coordination of side events and exhibits; and the timely delivery of high-quality documentation.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1009,

Communications and Outreach

The Communications and Outreach programme focuses on key communications services that support the work of the secretariat at its headquarters and at its conferences. It has a strong strategic role, with a focus on promoting efforts to increase the impact of actions on climate change. Messages are delivered though a range of communication channels, including the UNFCCC website, speeches, news media and social media outreach, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Alexander Saier - Communications and Outreach programme

Alexander Saier,
Officer-in-charge Director, Communications and Outreach

Information and Communication Technology

Mike Elhaddad, Director, Information and Communication Technology

Mike Elhaddad,
Director, Information and Communication Technology

The Information and Communication Technology programme (ICT) is a central service provider for information and communication technology infrastructure and user support services, as well as for information systems development, maintenance and application support within the UNFCCC.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1123,