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The Secretariat is one of the three principal organs of ISA and is located in Jamaica. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General who is the chief administrative officer of ISA.
The main functions of the Secretariat include:
The Secretariat consists of the following major organizational units:
The Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) assists the Secretary-General in supervising and coordinating the work of the Secretariat, pursuant to his or her executive direction and the relevant directives of the Council and the Assembly.
The Executive Office is also responsible for protocol and liaison services and for providing communications and press support to the Secretary-General.
|Michael W. Lodge||Secretary-General||United Kingdom|
|Marie Bourrel-McKinnon||Senior Policy Officer & Special Assistant to the Secretary-General||France|
|Oystein Bruncell Larsen||Head of CARMU||Norway|
|Stefanie Neno||Communications Specialist||France|
|Chapi Mwango||Contract Administration Officer||Canada|
|Sonakshi Mishra||Programme Management Officer||India|
|Annekah Mason||Training Coordinator||Jamaica|
|Besmir Fidahic||Associate Copy Editor||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Christine Griffiths||Office Manager||Jamaica|
|Shanique Gregory||Senior Communications Assistant||Jamaica|
|Asenaca Navoti||Senior Liaison Assistant, Office of the Permanent
Observer for ISA to the United Nations, New York
|Nicole Powell||Administrative Assistant||Jamaica|
|Melissa Beckles||Staff Assistant||Jamaica|
|Shanica James Brown||Administrative Assistant||Jamaica|
The Office for Administrative Services (OAS) provides general administrative and management support to the Secretariat. Its functions include financial management and control, preparation of proposed budgets, assessment of contributions of member States, recruitment of staff and contractors, procurement of goods and services, personnel management and security.
|Joseph Khoreich||Budget and Oversight Officer||Lebanon|
|Pablo Vidal||Human Resources Officer||Chile|
|Ye Tun||CITS Officer/IT Manager||Myanmar|
|Aristakes Zurabian||Finance Officer||Russia|
|Esam Alnour||Webmaster/Associate CITS Officer||Sudan|
|Lilian Valles Carrillo||Associate Procurement Officer||Jamaica|
|Sonja Phinn||Associate Security and Facilities Officer||Jamaica|
|Fitzroy Ferguson||Senior Finance Assistant||Jamaica|
|Ksenija Thompson||Senior Finance Assistant||Croatia|
|Sheldon Gruber||Senior Budget & Treasury Assistant||Jamaica|
|Bobett Russell||Administrative Assistant||Jamaica|
|Michell McGhie||Budget Assistant||Jamaica|
|Andre Brooks||Information Technology Assistant||Jamaica|
|Sashi Walters-Brooks||Procurement Assistant||Jamaica|
|Leroy Smith||Driver/General Services Assistant||Jamaica|
The Office of Legal Affairs is the central legal service of the Secretariat and provides legal advice to the Secretary-General, the Secretariat and the other principal organs of ISA and their subsidiary bodies. It represents the Secretary-General in legal conferences and in judicial proceedings.
The Office of Legal Affairs is also responsible for the Satya N. Nandan Library, the official documentation of ISA and for managing the provision of conference services for sessions of ISA.
The Contract Management Unit is the central administrative point of contact between contractors, sponsoring States and the Secretariat. The Unit processes applications for approval of plans of work for exploration or exploitation, as well as applications for extensions of such contracts. It maintains a definitive central registry of contracts, in accordance with best international practice, and ensures the safe custody and confidentiality of all documents, data and information submitted in connection with such contracts and applications for approval of plans of work.
|Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera||Legal Counsel & Deputy to the Secretary-General||Mexico|
|Yongsheng Cai||Senior Legal Officer||China|
|Gwénaëlle Le Gurun||Legal Officer||France|
|Tamara Marlese Brathwaite||Knowledge Management Officer||Barbados|
|Talatu Akindolire||Legal Officer||Nigeria|
|Kayon Wray||Documentation & Conference Management Officer||Jamaica|
|Lue Antoine Clarke||Administrative Assistant||Jamaica|
|Patrena Salmon||Administrative/Library Assistant||Jamaica|
The Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR) provides scientific and technical input into the development and implementation of the rules, regulations and procedures for the conduct of activities in the Area. OEMMR also coordinates the collection, analysis and dissemination of geological, biological, environmental and technological data and information on the Area and its resources, including through the development and maintenance of ISA’s global database.
OEMMR supports the development and implementation of regional environmental management plans, environmental impact assessment and environmental monitoring, and the development of environmental standards and guidelines. OEMMR also supports ISA’s work to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area by developing collaborations with member States and international organizations, and disseminating the results of scientific research and analysis.
|Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera||Programme Management Officer (Mining Geologist)||Germany|
|Wanfei Qiu||Programme Manager (Marine Environment)||China|
|Sheldon Carter||Database Manager||Jamaica|
|Kioshi Mishiro||GIS Officer||Japan|
|Luciana De Melo Santos Genio||Environmental Analyst||Portugal|
|Changsung Lim||Associate Programme Officer||Republic of Korea|
|Ansel Cadien||Senior Information Management Assistant||Jamaica|
|Camelia Campbell||Administrative Assistant||Jamaica|