Who's Who

HEAD OF OFFICE

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Michael Croft holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).

Mr. Croft began his work with UNESCO in 1998 within the Culture of Peace Programme.  He worked on various consultancies with the Office of the Director-General and the Education Sector before his appointment as a Project Officer in 2000 with the Division of Educational Policies and Strategies.  In early 2005, Mr Croft left Headquarters for a string of programme management assignments in primarily crisis countries (Somalia/Iraq/Libya).  In Libya, he served as the UNESCO Representative from 2014-2016.

In October 2016, Mr. Croft was assigned to the Division of Field Support and Coordination at UNESCO Headquarters as the new Coordinator for Crisis Preparedness and Response (CPR) where he developed the Organization’s first strategic framework for its work in crisis and fragility.  On 15 July 2017, he was appointed as Head of UNESCO Ha Noi Office and the Organization’s representative in Viet Nam.

Contact email: m.croft(at)unesco.org 

EDUCATION

Toshiyuki Matsumoto joined the UNESCO Ha Noi Office in June 2016 as the Education Programme Specialist. He was previously the Education Programme Specialist in the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa (2010-2016) and the Assistant Education Programme Specialist in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand (2003-2010). He holds a master’s degree from Nagoya University in Japan with major focus on educational development, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hiroshima University in Japan. He started his UNESCO career as a consultant at the UNESCO Bangkok Office in 1999 taking part in the Education for All (EFA) 2000 Assessment, follow-up activities of the World Education Forum 2000, and education planning and sector analysis/review in Asian countries.

Contact email: t.matsumoto(at)unesco.org

NATURAL SCIENCE

Tran Lan Huong is an experienced environmental specialist with a focus on environment and natural resources management. Immediately prior to joining UNESCO Vietnam, she was the Remote Sensing and Geography Information System advisor at Winrock International, in-charge of remote sensing and GIS application in natural resources assessment and management for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Huong holds a Master degree of Environmental Engineering from Polytechnic University of Milan, a Master of Science degree in Geomatics and Natural Resources Evaluation from University of Florence and a Bachelor degree of Hydrology and Environment Engineering from Water Resources University in Vietnam. 

Contact email: l.tran@unesco.org

CULTURE

Pham Thi Thanh Huong joined UNESCO Viet Nam in 2017 as the Culture Programme Coordinator. She previously contributed to UNESCO’s initiatives and flagship programmes in World Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas since 2010. She started her career as a conservation technical advisor at Fauna and Flora International in 2002 and has worked and consulted for various international organizations and NGOs including FFI, WWF, ENV, UNEP, UNDP and ILO. She is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Global Public Use Planning Consortium. Ms. Huong holds an advanced degree in Public Policy, Media and Communications from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Viet Nam’s Institute for International Relations. She applies her cross-disciplinary background to investigating the economy of Protected Areas, sustainable tourism, strategic planning and co-management of natural and cultural resources for sustainable development.

Contact email: pt.huong(at)unesco.org

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