The Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme. It is located in Paris, France.

It coordinates administrative and operational functions of the IRP. This work includes organizing meetings, inviting new members, preparing proposals for strategic direction and work plans, supporting Working Groups and the Resource Panel Co-Chairs, organizing internal and external peer reviews for each assessment report as well as editing and publication, and conducting communication and dissemination activities. The Secretariat enables the International Resource Panel and Steering Committee to fulfill their roles efficiently and ensure that the objectives of the Panel are met.

Secretariat roles and responsibilities

Merlyn Van Voore
Head, IRP Secretariat

Merlyn heads the secretariat of the International Resource Panel. She supervises the overall direction and operation of the Panel’s assessments and outreach.


Maria Jose Baptista
Economic Affairs Officer

Maria Jose coordinates the work streams on Global Resource Outlook as well as Resource Efficiency and Climate Change. She also oversees the implementation of the 2018-2021 Work Programme, follows up on SCP Resolutions, and ensures engagement with IRP core stakeholders, including G20, G7, UNEA, ECLAC, ESCAP, etc.

Solange Montillaud-Joyel
Information Officer

Solange supports the IRP’s outreach activities, including dissemination of its publications.

Kirsten Virginia Glenn
Associate Programme Management Officer

Kirsten coordinates the work streams on Finance System, Remanufacturing, and Sustainable Cities, as well as IRP meeting logistics.

Simone Retif
Associate Programme Management Officer

Simone coordinates the work streams on Marine, Land Restoration, Scenario Modelling, and Science-Based Targets.

Christina Bodouroglou
Associate Programme Management Officer

Christy coordinates the workstreams on Displacement and Migration, Sustainability Transitions, and International Trade in Resources. She also follows up on the UNEA resolution on Mineral Resource Governance.

Victor Valido
Project Manager

Victor coordinates the work streams on Metrics and Data for Sustainable Resource Use and on Distributional Impacts of Resource Efficiency. He also covers Panel membership, budget management and project reporting.

Nancy Mungai
Administrative Assistant

Nancy manages travel, payments, and other administrative issues.

Yi-Ann Chen
Communications Consultant

Yi-Ann manages the overall communications strategy and activities. She also writes press releases, manages the website, oversees social media, supports report layouts, and creates videos, infographics, and other communications materials.

Vira Khoroshavina
Project and Partnership Expert

Vira manages partnership building and ensures mobilization of sustainable funding base.  She contributes to the strengthening of IRP visibility within the donor community and business.

Andrea Vargas

Andrea works across the Secretariat, assisting with a range of administrative, communications, and programmatic tasks.