Senior leadership


DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Amir Mahmoud Abdulla

Amir Mahmoud Abdulla became Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Food Programme in March 2009.

Before assuming his current post, Mr. Abdulla was WFP’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from January 2008.

Prior to joining WFP, he was a Branch Manager for Juba and Port Sudan for shipping and forwarding company Transintra, and Assistant Area Manager for engineering company, Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor, in the Sudan.  Mr. Abdulla also taught at the American School & Comboni College in Khartoum.

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ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Ramiro Armando De Oliveira Lopes Da Silva

 Mr. Ramiro Armando de Oliveira Lopes da Silva is Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Lopes da Silva served as WFP’s Director of Emergencies and Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Lopes da Silva began his career with the World Food Programme in 1985 as Food Aid Logistics Coordinator during the Great Horn of Africa and Sahel drought emergency. Since then, he has held senior management roles in operations in many countries, including Ethiopia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Angola and Sudan.

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ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Manoj Juneja

Manoj Juneja is Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Executive Director for Resource Management and Accountability since January 2013.

Prior to joining WFP, from July 2011, he served as Deputy Director-General for Operations at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Mr Juneja joined FAO in 1987, where he held senior management roles as Director of Programme, Budget and Evaluation (2005-07) and Assistant Director-General of Corporate Services, Human Resources and Finance Department (2008-11). In 2003-04, he was at the International Labour Organization, where he held the position of Executive Director, Support Services and Treasurer and Financial Comptroller. He began his career in 1981 as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in London.

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ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Elisabeth Rasmusson

Elisabeth Rasmusson became the World Food Programme’s Assistant Executive Director for Partnership and Governance Services in April 2013. 

In this role, Ms. Rasmusson oversees the organization’s partnership activities with governments, other agencies (including the other Rome-based UN agencies) and the private sector, as well as our WFP offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

Before joining WFP, Ms. Rasmusson was secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Norway’s largest humanitarian NGO, with 3,000 staff who protect and assist displaced people in some of the world’s most challenging conflicts. She was responsible for the organisation’s activities in more than 20 countries.

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