About the Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Gianluca Rampolla
RCO
Resident Coordinator
Mr. Gianluca Rampolla was appointed Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea in February 2018. Prior to his appointment as the highest-ranking UN Official in Papua New Guinea, Mr. Rampolla served in several UN field assignments in Africa, Europe and Headquarters in New York. Apart from his close collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea, Mr. Rampolla is looking forward to working with the fourteen UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in-country as well as the Government and development partners on implementing the UN Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022. The Framework, aligned to Papua New Guinea’s political cycle, represents the UN’s partnership with the Government in the areas of Inclusive Human Development & Equitable Services; Inclusive & Sustainable Growth; Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Biodiversity Conservation, Strengthened Climate & Disaster Resilience; and Promoting Inclusive, Governance, Justice & Peace.
Mr. Gianluca Rampolla

In Papua New Guinea, the United Nations system is led by the UN Resident Coordinator, with the support of the Resident Coordinator’s Office. The UN Resident Coordinator is the highest-ranking UN representative of the Secretary General in-country and is extended the same status and courtesies as are accorded to a diplomatic mission and head of mission. 

The Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team which is comprised of the representatives of UN entities active in Papua New Guinea. The UN Country Team is working together to capitalize on the strengths and comparative advantages of the UN System in-country, to increase impact through coherent programmes, as well as to reduce transaction costs for government and the UN.

The Secretary General’s General Assembly Resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the United Nations Development System mandates bold changes for the emergence of a new generation of Country Teams, centred on a strategic Programme with the Government and led by an impartial, independent and empowered UN Resident Coordinator to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea

Before being appointed as UN Resident Coordinator in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Gianluca Rampolla served as Director for Political Affairs at the UN Regional Office for Central Africa in Libreville, Gabon. 

Prior to this, Mr. Rampolla was the Chief of Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Peace Building Support (2015-2016). He was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in NY, from 2011 to 2014.

From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Rampolla was Head of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, and responsible for piloting the Delivering as One reform process.

From 2005 to 2007, he served as UNDP’s Chief Technical Advisor strengthening the capacities of the Government of Rwanda to manage foreign aid.

Prior to the UN, he worked from 2000 to 2005 at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He held assignments on the Western Balkans and on Central Asia.

Gianluca Rampolla was born in Rome, Italy, and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the London School of Economics. He is married and has one child.

Meet the Team

The Resident Coordinator is supported by the Resident Coordinator's Office, which includes:

  • Ms. Kesang Choden Phuntsho, Head of Resident Coordinator's Office
  • Mr. William Ozkaptan, Peace and Development Advisor
  • Mr. Rui Flores, Liaison Officer - Buka 
  • Ms. Constance Vigilance, Economist
  • Ms. Shaddie Tapo, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
  • Ms. Cathryn Buis, Partnerships and Development Finance Officer
  • Ms. Serahphina Aupong, Communications Officer
  • Ms. Milka Akane, Communications Consultant
  • Ms. Rachel Donovan, UN Volunteer - Communications Specialist
  • Ms. Lillian Siris, Executive Assistant to the Resident Coordinator
  • Mr. John Wamaro, RC Senior Driver