Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan
Country office directorate
Ms. Sharmeela Rassool is the Country Representative for UN Women in Pakistan. She is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka and holds a Masters in Intentional Human Rights Law (LLM), a Post Attorney Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, a Post Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration and PhD candidate at University of Colombo. Before joining UN Women in Pakistan in September 2020, Ms. Sharmeela was working with UNDP Bangladesh as the Chief Technical Adviser for the Human Rights Programme. She has served on a number of leadership positions throughout her career including working as Chief Technical Adviser, Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme with UNDP Lao PDR, UNDP Pakistan as the Chief Technical Adviser (Justice) and Provincial Representative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, UNDP Sri Lanka as the Programme Manager (Equal Access to Justice Programme), Programme Officer with the Asia Foundation, and Head of the Human Rights Bureau at the Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka.
Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan
Jacqui Vipunjit Ketunuti is the Deputy Country Representative for UN Women in Pakistan (since 1 September 2020), where she also acts as the Programme Management Specialist. She provides management and operational oversight of programming to empower women and girls and advance gender equality. She delivers strategic and technical guidance to the Country Office with focus on Rule of Law, Access to Justice and Women’s Peace and Security; engages in extensive advocacy, coordination and capacity development with a range of partners; and oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes.
A national of Thailand, Jacqui has 20 years’ experience in the United Nations System providing policy advice, institutionalizing governance processes, creating social cohesion in crises affected regions, coordinating humanitarian mine action programme and facilitating humanitarian assistance.