Biographies

Key biographies

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Paul Acda, Acting DSRSG, Head of EU Pillar, UNMIK

Andreas Wittkowsky, Deputy DSRSG and Head of the Economic Policy Office

Chiara Bronchi, Head of the Fiscal Affairs Office, EU Pillar

Jasper Dick, Managing Director, Kosovo Trust Agency

Michaela Friberg Storey, Director, Office for European Integration

Mechthild Henneke, Head of Office for News and Communication

Johan van Lamoen, Head of the EU Pillar Legal Office

Shahin Lauritzen, Director of Management and Administration

Michel Svetchine, Managing Director, Central Banking Authority of Kosovo

 

Paul Acda, Acting DSRSG, Head of EU Pillar, UNMIK

Paul Acda has been appointed Acting DSRSG, Head of the EU Pillar, effective 1 September. Mr. Acda has served as Deputy DSRSG, EU Pillar, since March 2006. He joined the EU Pillar on 1 January 2004 as Director General of the UNMIK Customs Service. UNMIK Customs collects over 70% of the revenue for the Kosovo Consolidated Fund, and is one of the major law enforcement bodies in Kosovo.

Mr. Acda has 38 years service within HM Customs and Excise (UK Customs). His service in UK Customs was primarily within the law enforcement area, in particular criminal investigation. His last appointment in HM Customs was Head of Investigation for UK North Region (Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Part of this job included being the Customs representative on the Northern Ireland Ministerial Anti Organized Crime Task Force and on the Scottish Ministerial Committee on Drugs Enforcement. A British citizen, Mr. Acda, was a reserve Army Officer for 35 years achieving the rank of Colonel. In 1994 he was appointed Honorary Aide de Camp to HM The Queen.

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Andreas Wittkowsky, Deputy DSRSG and Head of the Economic Policy Office

Mr Wittkowsky joined the EU Pillar in 2001 as an Economic Policy Advisor. He took over the newly established Political and Legal Office in August 2003 and the Economic Policy Office in February 2005. In October 2006, he was appointed Deputy Head of the EU Pillar. His responsibilities include directing EU Pillar operations, external economic relations, support to the Kosovo Government in areas of domestic economic policy, and facilitation of the direct dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on economic issues.

Mr Wittkowsky is a German national and holds a PhD from Bremen University with a thesis on the political economy of Ukrainian independence. He worked as desk manager for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union at Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn and as research fellow on transition countries at the German Development Institute in Berlin.

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Chiara Bronchi, Head of the Fiscal Affairs Office, EU Pillar

Chiara Bronchi became Head of the Fiscal Affairs Office on 1 March 2005. Chiara Bronchi was an economist in the Department of Fiscal Affairs of the International Monetary Fund, (Washington DC, USA). During this time she was responsible for monitoring the fiscal developments of some IMF member countries. She was also a member of the IMF team that monitored the HIPC program with Cameroon. For five years she worked as an economist in the Economic Directorate of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, Paris) during this time she wrote a number of papers on tax as well as public expenditure policy reforms in OECD’s member countries.

An Italian citizen, in 1995 Chiara Bronchi obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy. Soon after, she joined the HM Inland Revenue (UK) as an economic adviser. She is a member of the Banking and Payment Authority of Kosovo. She is married and has two children.

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Jasper Dick, Managing Director, Kosovo Trust Agency

Jasper Dick has served as Managing Director of the Kosovo Trust Agency (KTA) since June 2004. Prior to that he was Director, Control and Supervisory Department at the KTA from November 2002. The KTA is an independent budgetary organisation staffed with over 300 people with five regional offices in Kosovo’s major conurbations. The KTA has the authority to administer and restructure Publicly Owned Enterprises and Socially Owned Enterprises.

In addition to successfully completing the restructuring and incorporation process at most of Kosovo’s POEs (including the Airport and PTK), under his mandate KTA has to date (April 2006) overseen the privatisation of over 150 SOEs, with a value of approximately € 240 million. He is Chairman of Kosovo Railways JSC and also a director of PTK JSC. Mr. Dick took an MA in economics and philosophy at Oxford University, before working as an accountant and then in venture capital and corporate finance in London. He has been working in transition economies for twelve years and has run venture capital funds in Poland and in West Siberia and has been involved with privatisation and post privatization programmes in Slovenia, Moscow, Mongolia and Turkey.

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Michaela Friberg Storey, Director, Office for European Integration

Michaela Friberg Storey has worked in Kosovo since the conflict in 1999. She joined UNMIK Pillar IV in early 2003. As the Director of the Office for European Integration and as the Alternate Standards Coordinator for Kosovo she has worked towards strengthening the long term European integration perspective for Kosovo. During 2005 she formed part of the team supporting the Special Envoy, conducting the Comprehensive Review of Kosovo.

Ms Friberg Storey has a background in Political Science with a European Masters Degree focusing on geopolitics. She studied at Louvain la Neuve in Belgium and Uppsala University in Sweden. Prior to joining the pillar she served in the European Commission and held several international assignments under the Swedish Government, including heading the Election Operation Division within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Kosovo.

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Mechthild Henneke, Head of Office for News and Communication

Mechthild Henneke has headed the Office for News and Communication since December 2004. Her office, which has a total of seven staff members, takes care of all media activities and contacts, as well managing the EU Pillar website, publications and internal communications. The News Office also coordinates communications of the EU Pillar’s components.

Before she joined the EU Pillar, Ms. Henneke worked for over two years in the Press Office of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Following the riots in March 2004, she acted as spokesperson for the mission. She is a journalist by profession and between 1994 and 2002, worked as editor and reporter for the Berliner Zeitung in Germany. She studied political sciences at the Free University of Berlin, finishing with a Masters degree. Ms. Henneke is from Germany.

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Johan van Lamoen, Head of the EU Pillar Legal Office

Johan van Lamoen, is of Dutch nationality and started his international legal career in 1973 in the Legal Department of the Council of Europe and the Secretariat of the European Commission of Human Rights. In 1985 he moved to Paris to establish an international legal practice until 1996, when the Dutch Government seconded him to the newly established Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR), as Deputy High Representative and Head of the Legal Department. In January 2000, Mr. van Lamoen was appointed Principal Legal Adviser to the SRSG of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

In early 2001, he assumed, at the request of the SRSG of UNMIK, the chairmanship of the Joint Working Group tasked to draft the Constitutional Framework for Provisional Self-Government in Kosovo, promulgated by the SRSG in May 2001. He then returned to East Timor to pursue his tasks until the country’s independence in May 2002. At the beginning of 2003, Mr. van Lamoen participated briefly, as Senior Legal Expert, in an EAR project in support of the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo. Later that year, he again joined the OHR in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Deputy Head of the Rule of Law Pillar. In April 2004 Mr. van Lamoen moved to the EU Pillar as Head of the newly established Legal Office.

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Shahin Lauritzen, Director of Management and Administration

Shahin Lauritzen joined the EU Pillar in late 2003 initially as Chief of Staff. During his tenure in 2003 and 2004, Mr. Lauritzen lead the Pillar’s reform project, an initiative taken in the summer of 2003 to develop further the internal governance structures and enhance the output of the financial and administrative management. On 1 January 2004, the portfolio was enhanced to resume managerial responsibility of the Pillar financial management, administration and support services, including the Budget and Finance Office, the Human Resource Management Office, General Services, IT/Communications and mission-wide security. On 1 January 2005, as a measure to further enhance the EU Pillar’s governance, the Department of Management and Administration was established. This completed 18 months of successful internal reorganisation by the Administrative Management Group.

Mr. Lauritzen originally joined the organisation from the private sector as Business and Relations Manager of an IT company in Denmark. Prior to this, Mr. Lauritzen had previously worked in Kosovo in January 2001 together with SRSG Hans Hækkerup for whom he served as Military Assistant within the Ministry of Defence, Denmark. Mr. Lauritzen is a graduate of the Danish Royal Defence Academy. He is decorated for his military service in both Croatia and Bosnia. Mr. Lauritzen has been awarded with the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure for his services to the Japanese Emperor.

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Michel Svetchine, Managing Director, Central Banking Authority of Kosovo

Michel SVETCHINE joined UNMIK in January 2005. He is the Managing Director of the Central Banking Authority of Kosovo (CBAK) (the former Banking and Payments Authority of Kosovo (BPK)). CBAK supervises financial institutions operating in Kosovo (banks, micro finance institutions, insurance companies, pension funds) and performs different tasks linked to central banking activities with the exception of issuing money. Michel Svetchine is French, born in 1950 in Nice (France). He is Bachelor in Law, has a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance (from the Institute of Political Science of Paris).

He began his career in Banque de France where he was Assistant Director in a district agency, Inspector, then Head of Mission at Inspection Générale, at Central Auditing Department and at the Banking Commission (French banking supervision Agency). From 1988 to 1992, he was seconded to Commission des Opérations de Bourse (French SEC and CFTC) as Deputy Director of the Enforcement Department. At the Commission Bancaire in 1992, he was in charge, apart from conducting inspections in credit institutions, of conducting and organising technical assistance programmes primarily in Eastern countries and Russia. He was Appointed Deputy Director on the On-site Supervision Department (1994), became its Director in 1995. Aprat from these, he has performed during the last decade several technical assistance missions on behalf of international institutions.