Acting Director, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office
Mr. Arthur Erken
Mr. Arthur Erken was appointed Acting Director of UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office in February 2015. He has been with UNFPA Head Quarters in ICPD Secretariat, Technical and Evaluation Division, Programme Division and Division for Arab States and Europe.
Prior to the Regional Office, Mr. Erken served as the UNFPA Country Representative in Bangladesh in Viet Nam where he also served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i.
Mr. Erken has also worked for the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) as the Associate Director in Policy and Global Quality Standards.
Deputy Director, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office
Ms. Lubna Baqi
Ms. Lubna Baqi became Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Regional Office in September 2011. Prior to this, she was Associate Director of the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (UNDOCO) in New York for three years. Ms. Baqi first joined UNFPA in 1990 as a programme officer for Asia and the Pacific, and has served as special assistant to the Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Deputy Representative in Egypt, Representative in Sri Lanka and Country Director for Maldives.
Director and Representative, Pacific Sub-Regional Office
Dr. Laurent Zessler
Dr. Laurent Zessler, a national of France, was appointed Director and Representative of the Pacific Sub-Regional Office in November, 2013. Dr. Zessler joins the Asia and the Pacific Region from Afghanistan where he most recently served as the UNFPA Country Representative. Dr. Zessler joined the UNFPA in 2011 from UNAIDS where he served as Senior Regional Advisor for West and Central Africa; as country director for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Vietnam, Pakistan and Ecuador, between 1996 and 2011. In 1995, Dr. Zessler served as the AIDS/STI Intercountry Advisor for WHO in Pakistan; until then he had served as the AIDS/STI Intercountry Advisor for PAHO/WHO from 1989 in Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and in Washington DC. Dr. Zessler has also worked as an Associate with Pasteur Institute in France and as a medical officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan. Dr. Zessler holds a Doctorate in Medicine from the Paris School of Medicine, Université René Descartes, a Master in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and has done a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University.
Deputy Director, Pacific Sub-Regional Office
Mr. Mark Bryan Schreiner
Mr. Mark Bryan Schreiner, a national of Canada, was appointed Deputy Director of the Pacific Sub-Regional Office in September 2013. Mr. Schreiner joins the Asia and Pacific Region from Africa where he most recently served as UNFPA Deputy Representative to the Republic of South Africa. During his career with UNFPA he served as UNFPA Representative a.i for South Africa and Eritrea Country Offices; supported UN Reforms and inter-agency work as Regional Programme Specialist to the UN Regional Directors Team for East & Southern Africa; and served as Programme Specialist with the UNFPA Africa Division in New York, and UNFPA Nigeria Country Office in Lagos. Mr. Schreiner has also worked with the United Nations Environment Programme in Kenya and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Thailand.