United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Director, Trade Capacity-Building Branch
Dr. Calzadilla is a Senior Quality and Standards expert and former UNIDO Deputy Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations at UNIDO office in Geneva. He was previously Director for the Technical Assistance and Training Services at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as the Secretary of the ISO Policy Committee on Developing countries matters (ISO DEVCO). He started his career as a coordinator of development strategies at the Ministry of Planning in La Paz, Bolivia.
Born in Bolivia, Dr. Calzadilla holds a Masters Degree in industrial and process organization and a Ph.D. in economics, from the University of Business Management and Economics of Vienna (Austria). He has followed IRCA certified auditor’s courses on ISO management systems standards, specialized quality management courses at AOTS Japan and specialized training on trade policies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief, UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development
Jacek Cukrowski provides leadership to all the activities of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development and manages its operations. Before joining UNIDO he worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an adviser and a team leader at Regional Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. Previously he was with the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and earlier with the Economic Institute of Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. His academic background includes MSc in system engineering, PhD in computer science, and PhD and habilitation (i.e., a senior post-doctoral qualification) in economics. He has extensive teaching and research experience in international trade, development economics and macroeconomics. He is an author or co-author of numerous publications in refereed international journals and books and chapters in books. In 2009, in recognition of sustained professional and academic excellence he received the title of Professor conferred by the President of Poland upon a motion of the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Republic of Poland.
JUAN PABLO DAVILA
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Associate Industrial Development Officer
Juan Pablo Davila is a project manager at UNIDO, responsible for implementing technical assistance projects related to quality infrastructure in developing countries. With more than 10 years of experience, Mr. Davila started his professional career in the private sector as a manufacturing engineer in the automotive industry. His experience in the public sector stems from his work as director of industrial development and foreign investment in northern Mexico. In parallel he has been a lecturer for a Master’s Degree programme in global economics and operations research.
Juan Pablo holds a degree in mechanical engineering, a Master’s Degree in technological innovation and lead auditor ISO 9001 course.
International Organization of Legal Metrology
Ian Dunmill has been the Assistant Director at OIML, the International Organization of Legal Metrology based in Paris, since 1999. Prior to this post, he managed the OIML department at the National Measurement Office in Teddington, the UK. Though he started his career as a systems engineer, Mr. Dunmill has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of legal metrology.
OIML is an intergovernmental treaty organization that aims to enable economies to put in place effective legal metrology infrastructures that are mutually compatible an d internationally recognised, for all areas for which governments take responsibility, such as those which facilitate trade, establish mutual confidence and harmonize the level of consumer protection worldwide. The OIML comprises 59 member states and some 54 corresponding members. Mr. Dunmill oversees the organization’s three committees, namely the International Conference of Legal Metrology, bringing together Member States to make important decisions regarding the OIML’s budget, working policy and formal adoption of International Recommendations; the International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML), which monitors technical works by groups of Member States and approves recommendations before their adoption by the International Conference; and the Chairmanship Council, which oversees strategic thinking concerning the evolution of OIML.
Mr. Dunmill holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Greenwich.
International Bureau of Weights and Measures
Director, International Liaison and Communication
Mr. Henson is the Director of the International Liaison and Communication Department of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM). The BIPM is the intergovernmental organization established by the 1875 Metre Convention, through which Member States act together on matters related to measurement science and standards. Its mission is to ensure the global comparability of measurements and provide a coherent system of units, the SI.
Mr. Henson is responsible for BIPM’s corporate liaison interests with other intergovernmental organizations and international bodies. He coordinates the strategic planning activities of the BIPM and the CIPM Consultative Committees. Mr. Henson has line management responsibility for the BIPM publications, and project manages the World Metrology Day initiative. He is also in charge of liaison with States wishing to become Member States or Associates of the CGPM. Mr. Henson is the BIPM Representative to the NCSLI Board of Directors, and represents the BIPM as an Institutional Observer at the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade. He is an active participant in the ILAC Accreditation Committee, focusing on Traceability.
Mr. Henson holds a BSc Honours degree in Engineering, and specialist qualifications in Nuclear Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
FABIÁN HERNÁNDEZ COLOTLA
International Accreditation Forum (IAF)
Chair, Development Support Committee
Mr. Hernández is a Chair of the Development Support Committee of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). He is also the Manager of Certification Bodies at the Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA) in Mexico City, and represents the EMA at the regional Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).
The IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services and personnel, among others. Through Multilateral Recognition Agreements (MLAs), the IAF works closely with regional bodies such as the IAAC, evaluating their work every 4 years to ensure the quality of these regional accreditation groups. Mr. Hernández is therefore an active member of conformity assessment accreditation bodies at the national level through the EMA, the regional level through the IAAC and the global level through the IAF. He received the IAAC Distinguished Services Award in March 2014.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Secretary for the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies
Lorenza Jachia has been working at the United Nations since 1995, at first in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and then in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
A trade economist, she has provided training and advisory services to negotiators of free trade area agreements and published several articles on this topic. Her research interests have more recently focused on deeper aspects of economic integration, in particular overcoming technical barriers to trade through regulatory cooperation and approximation of technical regulations.
Ms. Jachia has been the Secretary of the UNECE Working Party on “Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies”, which develops recommendations and best practice in technical regulations, standardization, conformity assessment and market surveillance since 2008. In this capacity, she is striving for increased cooperation between the United Nations and standardization and conformity assessment bodies. Recent topics she has been working on include: how risk management tools, including traceability solutions, can be used as the basis for the design of regulatory systems and regulatory action, and the contribution of standardization to sustainable development.
Ms. Jachia holds a Masters Degree from the Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva, and a Bachelors Degree from Bocconi University, Milan.
SEAN MAC CURTAIN
International Standards Organization (ISO)
Director of Conformity Assessment
Sean Mac Curtain is Director of Conformity Assessment at the International Standards Organization (ISO) and is also Secretary of the Policy Development Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO). Prior to joining ISO he was Executive Director at the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), where he was responsible for all accreditation programmes. He was an international peer evaluator for both the IAF and ILAC. Sean also spent the early part of his career working in standardization and certification. He was educated in both Ireland and South Africa. He holds a B.Sc. degree and a post graduate diploma in electronic engineering. He also has a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL), and has completed many quality related courses.
Polish Committee for Standardization
Mr. Niechoda began his career as a scientist and academic at the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in 1970, and was a member of the IEC/TC 76 from 1986-1994. He began work at the Polish Committee for Standardization’s Foreign Relations Department as Secretary of the National Member Body of ISO and the National Committee of IEC in 1994. In this capacity, Mr. Niechoda was responsible for cooperation with international and European standards organizations, along with other National Standards Bodies. He was also involved in the promotion of a national standardization system in Poland.
Mr. Niechoda has been a Corporate Advisor at the Polish Committee for Standardization since 2013, and is a TAIEX expert. He is the author of 2 books and many publications, and is a visiting lecturer at several universities and institutions of higher education. A Charter member of the Polish Association of Quality Management, Mr. Niechoda earned the laureate of Polish Honorary Quality Award in 2006. He was also awarded the Silver Cross of Merit for his efforts in standardization and quality promotion that year.
Mr. Niechoda holds a Doctor of Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the WUT.
International Trade Centre
Mr. Ramful is the Senior Adviser in charge of the Export Quality Management programme of the International Trade Centre (ITC). He has held several important posts in his home country, Mauritius, before joining the ITC. In addition to being the Director of the Legal Metrology Services and the Director of the Mauritius Standards Bureau, Mr. Ramful was also a board member of the Mauritius Research Council and a member of the Mauritius Accreditation Service Advisory Council. He has also been very active in the Indian Ocean and African region, working on different assignments in the field of standards and quality.
Mr. Ramful holds a degree in Physics and a Master of Business Administration.
IEC Affiliate Country Programme
Before joining the IEC Affiliate Country Programme Secretariat in 2003, Françoise Rauser had already been working at the IEC Central Office since 1987. She worked in the IEC Technical Department as senior editor to ensure conformity between the French and the English versions of IEC bilingual International Standards. She collaborated directly with the Secretaries and experts of IEC Technical Committees, providing guidance to comply with ISO/IEC Directives.
Françoise decided to bring her experience to developing countries to enhance their participation in IEC international standardization work and conformity assessment activities. She is now Executive Secretary of the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, a free programme that includes over 80 developing countries in the world, 50 % of the IEC Family. She supervises the Affiliate Secretariat team and the role of the Coordinator for Africa.
In order to reflect her activities with numerous international and regional organizations, Françoise has been the IEC International Liaison Officer for Developing Countries since 2009. She is the IEC focal point for ITU-D, UNIDO, UN-SE4ALL Practitioner Network and WTO TBT Committee, amongst others.
Françoise holds a Diploma from the Zurich Interpreters’ School (DOZ) – Zurich University, in English, French, German and Spanish.
Minister Counsellor and Permanent Representative of Poland to the WTO
World Trade Organization in Geneva
Krzysztof Trepczyński is an experienced trade diplomat, working in the field of international trade for almost 25 years. He played a key role in Poland’s accession negotiations with the European Union. His role included the preparation inter alia of the chapters of foreign economic relations, customs and the internal market.
Mr. Trepczyński is a specialist in foreign trade policy, tariff negotiations and trade promotion.
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
President & CEO
Peter Unger is President & CEO of the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). A2LA is a nonprofit, membership organization administering the largest, internationally recognized laboratory accreditation system in the United States and one of the leading bodies in the world with over 2,500 accreditations.
Mr. Unger has been involved with national laboratory accreditation since 1978. Prior to attaining his current position in April 1996, Mr. Unger served as Vice President of the Association and prior to that, was Associate Manager of Laboratory Accreditation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Mr. Unger also serves as Chair of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) for 2010-2014. He is co-author of many papers on accreditation and the ISO/IEC standards for accreditation.
Mr. Unger has a BS degree in systems engineering from Princeton University and a masters in environmental management from George Washington University.
Member of the Board
Ms. Żarlicka has many years of experience in designing, implementing and improving management systems as a consultant, internal auditor and certifier. For many years, she monitored and improved management systems in a logistics company, serving as the Representative of the Management Board. Her current company, Loxxess Polska, conducts training and consulting under the name “AS- QUAL Training Consultancy Audits”. She specializes in the management process, interpretation of the requirements of ISO standards for organizations of different industries, the role of representatives in the implementation and maintenance of the management system and management systems auditing.
Ms. Żarlicka is the author of several educational programs and a variety of training materials. She holds a degree in direction management and marketing from the University of Ecology and Management in Warsaw, as well as in Administration at the Warsaw University of Technology.