Rotterdam Convention Secretariat FAO team (Rome) and their responsibilities


Mr. Hans Dreyer
Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention - FAO


Hans Dreyer is the Director of the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is a Swiss national and holds a PhD in Plant Protection from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Prior to joining FAO in 2016 he worked with the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture where he was responsible for the Plant Health, Varieties and Seed sector and also acted as the Head of the Swiss National Plant Protection Organization. He has over 15 years of working experience in development cooperation and spent several years in development projects in Latin America and Africa.

Tel: +39 06 57052040


Ms. Christine Fuell


  • Coordination: Leading the FAO based part of the Rotterdam Convention (RC) Secretariat; organisation of programme of work; supervision of implementation of the RC;
  • Policy and technical advice: Coordination and support of RC meetings (COP, CRC); provision of policy and technical advice on pesticides;
  • Management: Day to day management related to RC and synergy activities and management tasks within FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division.

Tel: +39 06 5705 3765

Gerold Wyrwal  

Mr. Gerold Wyrwal


  • Technical Assistance: Strategic advice, co-ordination and implementation of technical assistance activities; development of programme for Technical Assistance with emphasis on pilot projects to assist Parties to improve their capacity to meet their obligations with respect to pesticides and SHPF; Resource mobilization;
  • COP and subsidiary bodies: Support organizing and convening of Conferences of the Parties and Chemical Review Committee meetings;
  • Supporting co-ordination: Managing financial and administrative matters

Tel: +39 06 5705 2753


Ms. Yun Zhou


  • COP and subsidiary bodies: Support for the preparation and execution of Conference of the Parties and Chemical Review Committee meetings; coordination of CRCs inter-sessional work; scientific review of pesticide related documents for the CRC;
  • Technical Assistance: Development and delivery of technical assistance with particular focus on Asia; technical and policy advice on pesticides.

Tel: (+39) 06 5705 4160


Mr. Mario Yarto


  • Technical Assistance: Delivery of Technical Assistance with particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean; preparation of project proposals for the resource mobilization strategy;
  • Capacity building: Development of technical and policy information for training materials related to pesticides risk reduction; dissemination of information on alternatives to hazardous pesticides;
  • Conference of the Parties (COP) and subsidiary bodies: support for the preparation and execution of COP and Chemical Review Committee (CRC) meetings.

Tel: +39 06 5705 0583


Mr. Mohamed El Hady Sidatt


  • Technical Assistance: Development and delivery of technical assistance activities with focus on Africa and Near East;
  • COP and subsidiary bodies: Support for the preparation and execution of the Conference of Parties and the Chemical Review Committee meetings.

Tel: +21670145700 / +21671906553
        Extension: 329

Mr. Gavin L. Wall  

Mr. Aleksandar Mihajlovski


  • PIC Circular: Prepares the semi-annual PIC - collects, reviews and verifies the: Import Response (IR) for pesticides subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure;Notifications of final regulatory actions (FRA) to ban or severely restrict pesticidesand proposals for severely hazardous pesticide formulations (SHPF). In addition co-ordinates translation into English, Spanish and French, ensures consistency across language versions, and ensures its publication (CD and web);
  • Technical Focus: Facilitates information exchange and provides technical input and support to the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention and the operation of its Secretariat.

Tel: +39 06 5705 2801



Ms. Alessandra Innelli


  • Data entry in database for PIC Circular;
  • Correspondence with stakeholders;
  • Recruitment of consultants, raising POs and follow up payments; raising travel authorizations;
  • Assistance in meeting preparation and logistics arrangements;
  • Formatting proceedings;
  • Compile, maintain, update and distribute inventory in various languages for RC publications;

Tel: +39 06 5705 3545


Ms. Soraya Vicente Matias


  • Coordination of administrative and logistics arrangements for COP and CRC meetings and technical workshops in the field
  • Financial reports and transactions
  • Human Resources staffing actions (staff and consultants)
  • Liaison with experts, FAO offices and UN organizations
  • Administrative focal point for the Rotterdam Convention team at FAO

Tel: +39 06 570 55836


Rotterdam Convention Secretariat UNEP team (Geneva)