The International Resource Panel 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
Programme Management Officer

Maria Jose coordinates work on the Global Resource Outlook, Resource Efficiency and Climate Change, Go4SDGs West Asia Regional Resource Outlook and the One Planet Network-IRP Task Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production. She also leads the IRP Strategic Planning Process, as well as the implementation of strategies to increase the IRP’s policy impact under the current IRP Work Programme.


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, Circular Economy on the Consumer Electronic Goods, Resources and Finance, Marine Resources and Marine Plastic Litter, Science-Based Targets and Sustainable Cities. She also coordinates IRP meetings.


Christina Bodouroglou
Associate Programme Management Officer

(On special leave until 30 September 2022)


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, on Land Restoration, on Sustainability Transitions 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. She manages the website and social media, drafts press releases, and creates videos, infographics, brochures, and other communication materials. She also coordinates the Biodiversity workstream and supports the IRP Strategic Planning Process.

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. She also coordinates the Migration workstream.



Iuliia Bautdinova

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