Science unit - Team

Philippe Pypaert

Programme Specialist

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He manages the Office’s activities in the field of Environmental Sciences. Since 1998, he is the Regional Hydrologist for Europe coordinating regional activities related to Man and the Biosphere (MAB), International Hydrological Programme (IHP) programmes and Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) platform. He also co-ordinates the implementation of research activities funded by the Italian Government on Venice and its lagoon. He holds a PhD in environmental sciences at the Luxemburg University Foundation. His major specializations are on environmental studies, environmental information systems, territorial planning and rural sociology. He joined UNESCO in 1994.
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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 12
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact: p.pypaert(at)unesco.org

Marie Prchalova

Programme Specialist

She is responsible for the implementation of environmental and sustainable development activities with a particular focus on Black-Sea and Caucasus countries. Prior to joining UNESCO at its Moscow Office in 2004, she worked as Programme Officer for International Waters in the Division of GEF Coordination at UNEP in Nairobi.  Before UN assignments she was Head of Unit responsible to manage and coordinate the large scale World Bank/GEF Programme on Biodiversity Protection in the Czech Republic.  Her background is a biologist with a specialty in hydrobiology and ecology. She obtained visiting scientist assignments in Canada, Germany and USA and conducted several scientific-research projects both national and international. She joined UNESCO Venice Office in 2012. 

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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 59
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact: m.prchalova(at)unesco.org

Davide Poletto

Project Officer

He assists the Head of the Science Unit in carrying out regular and extra-budgetary programme activities. He is an expert in international cooperation and sustainable development affairs. He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Padua and is a former Marie Curie fellow at the University of Keele in UK. He holds a European PhD in analysis and governance of sustainable development from the School for Advanced Studies in Venice (SSAV). He joined UNESCO in 2009 and started to collaborate with the Venice Office from 2006.
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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 26
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact : d.poletto(at)unesco.org

Lauren Bohatka

Project Officer

She is responsible for technical and administrative support to the Office, and for the coordination of the MDG-F Joint Programmes implementation in SEE. Prior to joining UNESCO, she worked with UNDP Albania as their Tourism Programme Manager and as a consultant in sustainable tourism development with USAID in Romania and Morocco. She graduated in 2004 with a Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) from The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC and has been a lecturer in their Accelerated MTA programme since 2003. She joined UNESCO in 2008.
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Tel : +39 041 260 15 55
Fax : +39 041 528 99 95
Contact : l.bohatka(at)unesco.org

Cristina Faccia

Senior Programme Assistant

Since 2008, she is the personal assistant to the Head of Science Unit while continuing her support for the implementation of activities of the Unit. She is a graduate of Ca’ Foscari University (Humanities). She joined UNESCO in 1990. In 1998, she became the assistant to the Chief of Office. After moving to the UNESCO Venice Office's new premises at Palazzo Zorzi in 2002, she assisted for several years with the Information Officer in the organization of events and cataloguing of UNESCO publications.
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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 20
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact :  c.faccia(at)unesco.org

Marina Gilebbi

Programme Assistant

She has joined the Science Unit in April taking on new duties and tasks. Previously, she coordinated the Secretariat of the Director to ensure its management and representational functions, prepared and reviewed relevant documents and narrative reports. She graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice. She joined UNESCO in 1990, providing support to the Director of the Office. In 1993 she started working as Programme Assistant in the Science Unit, also assisting in the organization of scientific events.
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Tel : +39 041 260 15 21
Fax : +39 041 528 99 95
Contact : m.gilebbi(at)unesco.org

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