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Andrey Vasilyev

Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Andrey Vasilyev, Director of UNECE’s Economic Cooperation and Integration Division since 2006, has been appointed Deputy Executive Secretary. He will take office on 1 April 2010. Mr. Vasilyev will bring to his new function his more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations. Ján Kubiš, UNECE Executive Secretary, welcomed his appointment and said: “Andrey’s first-hand knowledge of the economies of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia will be a key asset in his new role given the high number of programmes that UNECE is running in these countries. Together with all the colleagues at UNECE, I will be looking forward to working closely with him to the benefit of all our Member States.” From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Vasilyev was the Director of UNECE’s Technical Cooperation Unit. Before joining the UNECE Secretariat, he worked as Senior Programme Officer for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York which he joined in 1993. From 2001 till September 2002, he was also the Principal Coordinating Officer in the Secretariat of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg. He joined the United Nations in 1992 as an advisor for the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in June 1992. Prior to his work for the United Nations he worked for the Permanent Mission of the USSR (Russian Federation) to the United Nations in New York where he was an advisor and negotiator on various economic and environmental issues, from 1987 to April 1992. A graduate of the Moscow State University, Department of Economics, Mr. Vasilyev joined theDepartment of International Economic Organisations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR in Moscow in 1983.