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.

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Hala Razian
Programme Management Officer

Hala coordinates the work streams on Resources and Finance, and Science Based Targets. She supports the work on the Global Resources Outlook and the Distributional Impacts of Resource Efficiency.



Solange Montillaud-Joyel
Information Officer

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

Ainhoa Carpintero Rogero
Associate Programme Management Officer

Ainhoa coordinates the work streams on Scenario Modelling and Value Retentions Processes on the Consumer Electronic Goods.


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.


Nancy Mungai
Administrative Assistant

Nancy manages travel, payments, and other administrative issues.

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Victor Valido
Project Manager

Victor coordinates the work streams on Material Flow Analysis and on Socioeconomic Implications of Resource Efficiency. He also covers Panel membership, budget management and project reporting.


Yi-Ann Chen
Communications Consultant

Yi-Ann manages the overall communications strategy and activities including the drafting of press releases and the management of the website and social media. She also works with workstreams to support information design, data visualization, and video production.

Vira Khoroshavina
Project and Partnership Expert

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



Yue Han
Communications Intern

Yue works across the Secretariat, assisting with a range of communications, administrative, and programmatic tasks.  Her internship period lasts from 19 October 2020 to 31 January 2021.