KIM BOLDUC (CANADA)
Kim Bolduc from Canada has most recently served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Panama from 2010 to 2014. From November 2009 to April 2010, she served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Bolduc served as the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil.
Previously, she held various appointments within the United Nations system in the field, including in Honduras from 2004 to 2006; in Iraq in 2003, in Peru from 1997 to 2002 and in Ecuador from 1992 to 1997. She joined the United Nations in 1987 and served in Africa for eight years.
Ms. Bolduc obtained her Master degree in International Development and Cooperation from Ottawa University in Canada and was trained in Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Action at Ottawa University and the University of Geneva.
Born in 1952, Ms. Bolduc is married and has one son.
Major General Wang Xiaojun (China)
Major General Wang Xiaojun brings to his position as MINURSO Force Commander 40 years of national and international military experience, as he had served as Defence Attaché at the Embassies of the People’s Republic of China to Brazil, India, Sweden and the United States of America from 2006 until 2016. He also served as a United Nations Sector Commander in MINURSO, from 2003 to 2004, and was a United Nations Military Observer in Kuwait from 1992 to 1993.
He has a master’s degree in military administration from the Military Science Institution of the People’s Liberation Army and a bachelor’s degree in signals technology and command from the Nanjing Army Command College, China.
Born in 1959, Major General Wang is married and has two children.
Gilles Brière (Canada)
Chief of Mission Support
Mr. Gilles Brière initially trained and graduated in 1976 as a Technician in Instrumentation and Control from the General and Professional College Ahuntsic in Montreal. He further completed an Engineer Degree graduating in 1990 in the field of Engineering Management from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.
Before joining the United Nations in 1994, Mr. Brière completed 21 years of service in the Canadian Army. During his military career, Mr. Brière served in a wide variety of command, staff and operational appointments in Canada and overseas. His assignments included two tours of duty with the UN, firstly in Cyprus with UNFICYP from March to October 1983 and secondly in Cambodia with UNAMIC and UNTAC from December 2001 to August 2003 as a Logistic Operations Officer, Deputy Senior Logistic Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer of the Logistic Battalion.
Mr. Brière left the Canadian Army in August 1994 and immediately joined the United Nations. He initially deployed to UNOSOM in Somalia for a short period and then joined UNAMIR in Rwanda where he served until October 1996 as the Chief Contract Management Section. Mr. Brière was responsible for the management of all the major Mission contracts which comprised a LOGCAP contract for the provision of all logistical support to the Mission, rations, catering and PX Contracts. During this period, Mr. Brière spent the last six months in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was part of the Mission’s liquidation team. Afterwards, Mr. Brière joined UNAVEM III in Angola as Chief Contract Management Section until March 2000, where he managed the same contracts as in UNAMIR as well as a de-mining contract. Mr. Brière was then reassigned to Logistics Support Division in New York as a Desk Officer in Supply Section responsible for all supply matters of several Missions until September 2001. During this period he participated in several technical assessment and assistance missions to Angola, Sierra Leone, East Timor and DR Congo. In September 2001, Mr. Brière joined MONUC as Chief Contracts Management Section responsible for the Mission’s major logistical and support contracts until November 2003. Mr. Brière was then promoted to P5 and reassigned as Chief Supply Section, a post he held until July 2007. He was then promoted to D 1 and became Chief Integrated Support Services with direct responsibility for all the Mission’s technical support services. Mr. Brière was then assigned to MINURCAT in Chad on 13 March 2009 as the Deputy DMS assisting MINURCAT in the transition from EUFOR to a full fledge PKO Mission. Shortly after a terrible earthquake struck Haiti, Mr. Brière was then asked on 19 March 2010 to deploy as the Chief Mission Support (CMS) of MINUSTAH. On 19 July 2011, Mr. Brière was then reassigned in Abyei, Sudan, as the CMS of UNISFA to start up this new complex Mission. Mr. Brière has joined UNMIK on 24 May 2013 as the CMS of the Mission where he brings his wealth of experience.
Mr. Brière hobbies are stamp collecting, fishing and travelling to the most beautiful places in the world. Mr. Brière was also a paratrooper in the Military and he also enjoys sky-diving in the civilian. Mr. Brière is a Professional Engineer member of the Quebec Engineer Association. On 24 May 2003, Mr. Brière received one of the five prestigious awards given annually by the Canadian Counsel of Engineers representing all Engineers in Canada in reconnaissance for the excellent work he has accomplished in Logistic in support of Peacekeeping operations.
Alexander Ivanko (Russian Federation)
Chief of Staff (COS)
Alexander Ivanko, a national of the Russian Federation, was born in 1962 in Moscow. After graduating in 1984 from the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University, he joined as a reporter Izvestia, at that time a leading daily in the Soviet Union. He worked as a correspondent in Afghanistan in 1989 and in the U.S in 1992-94.
In 1994, he went to Croatia to work for the UN Protection Force in Former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR) as a Press Officer and several months later as Spokesperson in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998, he joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. He returned to peacekeeping in 2006 as Director of Public Information and Spokesperson for the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
He was appointed to MINURSO in June 2009 as Senior Political Adviser.
Yusef Jedian (Palestine)
Head of Liaison Office - Tindouf
A senior manager with more than 25 years of experience working with international organizations in peace keeping operations and a development expert designing and implementing development and relief programs. Currently serving as the Head of Liaison Office of Tindouf for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Recently, served as a Senior Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Previously, was the Chief of Party (COP) for Creative Associates-VOICE project in Libya, managing an elections and civic education project. Managed large complex governance and democracy projects for different International organizations, including: 1) served as COP in Chad for an election and civil society development project, 2) COP in Yemen for governance and civil society development project, 3) Deputy Country Director for IFES in Sudan, co-managed an election administration support project that supported the administration of the Sudan elections and referendum processes. Worked as the Director for Gaza Office for CARE West Bank and Gaza overseeing a $10 million annual program portfolio with projects in democracy and governance, civil society strengthening, organizational capacity building, women’s empowerment, youth participation, water and sanitation, agriculture and health. Experience also includes managing programs in education, human rights, conflict resolution and gender. Holds a PhD in Development Policy and Planning from the University of Wales Swansea in the United Kingdom; thesis is focused on the development of Palestinian NGOs and their role in state building and civil society development. Fluent in English and Arabic. Speaks little French and Hebrew.