Leadership

Ms. Lisa Filipetto

Assistant Secretary-General and Head of UNSOS

Ms. Filipetto brings to this position more than 30 years of experience within the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she served in a variety of posts at headquarters, including as Assistant Secretary, European Union and Western Europe Branch (2015-2017), Assistant Secretary, Services and Intellectual Property Branch, Office of Trade Negotiations (2002-2004) and Assistant Secretary, Mainland South East Asia and South Asia Branch (2001-2002).

Ms. Filipetto also has extensive experience overseas, having served as Australia's resident Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concurrent responsibility for Australia's relations with the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Djibouti (2010-2014).  She further served as Australian High Commissioner to Kenya and Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Habitat as well as non-resident accreditation High Commissioner to Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and Ambassador to the African Union, Burundi, Djibouti and Eritrea (2007-2010).  She also served as Ambassador to Cambodia (2004-2010), Consul-General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (1997-2001), as well as in Ireland (1991-1994) and Brunei Darussalam (1986-88).

Ms. Filipetto holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Deakin University in Australia, as well as Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies degrees from the Australian National University. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

 

 

Mr. Harjit Dhindsa

Director of UNSOS and Director of Mission Support, UNSOM

Mr. Harjit Dhindsa, a national of India, joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations as Logistics Officer in March 2001, and has worked in various capacities at UN Headquarters and in the support component of several field missions. Prior to service with the UN, he was Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army.

He joined UNSOS as Deputy Director in 2014, and then as Chief of Operations and Resource Management before his appointment as Director UNSOS and Director of Mission Support, UNSOM on 1 September 2022.