Rotterdam Convention Secretariat FAO team (Rome) and their responsibilities


Mr. Rémi Nono Womdim
Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention - FAO


Rémi Nono Womdim is the Deputy Director, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO, Rome. He has over thirty years of experience in various positions at research, development and management levels in national and international organizations and in the private sector environment in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Previously he served as FAO Representative in Cabo Verde, Programme Specialist and Agricultural Officer at AGP in Rome. Prior to joining FAO in 2009, he was Programme Research Manager and Liaison Officer at the World Vegetable Center; Director of Research and Development of an International Seed Company. Earlier in his career, he was Research Associate at the National Agronomic Research Institute in Montfavet, France. He holds a Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Plant Pathology) from the University of Paris XI-Orsay in France.

Tel: +39 06 57050739


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




  • 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.


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)