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As per the Charter, Directors/Experts are voluntarily seconded by Member States. The Directors assist the Secretary-General on day-to-day affairs of the Secretariat and perform such duties as are laid down in the Rules of Procedure. In the absence of the Secretary-General, the senior-most Director represents the Secretariat and conducts its affairs on behalf of the Secretary-General.

  • Mr. Graham Anderson
    (Secondment from South Africa)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 01 October 2012
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    Mr. Graham Anderson
    Mr. Graham Anderson
    (Secondment from South Africa)

    Mr. Anderson has been seconded from the Republic of South Arica as Director to the IORA Secretariat in Mauritius since 1 October 2012.

    During his career in the Foreign Service of South Africa, he served as 3rd Secretary at the South African Legation in Helsinki, Finland (1986 to 1990); as Counsellor (Commissioned) to the South African Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil (1992 to 1996); Counsellor at the South African Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (1998 to 2002); and as Counsellor (Bilateral) at the South African Embassy in Vienna, Austria (2004 to 2009).

    Recent career highlights include, the drafting of the opening addresses for both the President of South Africa and the COP17/CMP7 President at the COP17/CMP7 Conference in Durban in December 2011; Rapporteur for Health during the European Diaspora Conference in Paris, France, the intense lobby action for the re-election for a 3rd term for the South African Auditor General as External Auditor for UNIDO in Vienna, Austria, as well as the negotiations for two full Masters Degree scholarships for South African students at a top Austrian Academic Institution.

    Mr. Anderson studied at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where he completed a Bachelor's of Arts (BA) majoring in History, Psychology and Political Science; a Higher Education Diploma (Post Graduate); followed by a Honneurs baccalaureus Artium (BA Hons) in Political Science and a Magister Artium (MA) in Political Science.

  • Ms. Pia Simonsen
    (Secondment from Australia)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 10 August 2015
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    Ms. Pia Simonsen
    Ms. Pia Simonsen
    (Secondment from Australia)

    Ms Simonsen is responsible for a variety of policy work streams and implementation of activities relating to trade and investment facilitation, women’s economic empowerment, institutional strengthening efforts and others. She is seconded from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she has worked in a variety of policy positions covering bilateral relations with African and Indian Ocean countries, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, humanitarian preparedness and responses, and engagement with the United Nations.

    She also brings considerable international expertise from working in, and with, multilateral institutions in Brussels, Geneva and Washington. These include roles at the Club of Madrid, Timorese Embassy to Belgium and Permanent Mission to the European Union, and as a part of the World Bank’s core team in that produced the 2011 World Development Report on Conflict and Development. Ms Simonsen also has diverse work experiences in development cooperation and governance, as a consultant for Cardno Acil, Duke University, the International Labour Organization, Public Services International and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

    Ms Simonsen completed a Rotary Peace Fellowship and Masters in International Development Policy at Duke University, a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a BA/BCom from the University of Melbourne.

  • Mrs. Ruchika Rishi
    (Secondment from India)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 20 May 2016
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    Mrs. Ruchika Rishi
    Mrs. Ruchika Rishi
    (Secondment from India)

    Mrs. Rishi is seconded from the Republic of India and is posted as a Director at the IORA Secretariat, Mauritius, which she joined on 20th May 2016.

    Mrs. Rishi is a serving officer of the prestigious Indian Civil Services. Her duties cover a range of cross-cutting topics in the IORA priority areas, with her main area of focus being Maritime Safety and Security, Disaster Risk Management and the flagship the Indian Ocean Dialogues. She also chairs the Advisory Committee that oversees the administrative and financial functioning of the office of the Chair of Indian Ocean Studies.

    Her previous postings have dealt with inter/intra governmental and public liaising and coordination for policy formulation and capacity building. She has served as the interface between various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India (mainly, the Ministries of Home Affairs, External Affairs, Energy, Health, Tourism, Human Resources, Power, etc.) and her parent service cadre on wide-ranging matters comprising regional cooperation and development, government-public interaction, infrastructure development, human resource development, internal security and VIP security related matters, law and order, e-governance, etc.

    Mrs. Rishi holds a B.A. (Honors) degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, followed by a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

  • Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan
    (Secondment from Indonesia)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 1 February 2018
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    Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan
    Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan
    (Secondment from Indonesia)

    Dr. Gunawan is seconded from the Republic of Indonesia and has been posted as a Director at IORA Secretariat, Mauritius since 1 February 2018.

     

    Prior to his appointment at the IORA secretariat, Dr. Gunawan has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia since the year 2000 with a wide-ranging expertise and experience related to ASEAN External Affairs as well as ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation. During 2010-2012, Dr. Gunawan served as an Assistant to Director for ASEAN-Japan relations of Department for ASEAN External Affairs. He later served as a Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Environment and Disaster Management of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Department for the period of 2016-2017.

     

    Dr. Gunawan served as a Consul of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka, Japan during 2006-2009. He looked after a large number of issues related to consular affairs, information as well as economics and development. Dr. Gunawan is among a few Indonesian experts on the ASEAN-Japan relations. He earned his Master and Doctorate Degree in the Tsukuba University, Japan.

     

    Dr. Gunawan has a deep knowledge on maritime connectivity, environmental sustainability and disaster management in particular under the framework of ASEAN Cooperation. With such knowledge, he envisioned IORA to further strengthen on the aforesaid cooperation for the benefits of the people, the region and beyond.