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As per the Charter, Directors/Experts are voluntarily seconded by Member States. The Directors assist the Secretary-General on day-to-day affairs of the Secretariat and perform such duties as are laid down in the Rules of Procedure. In the absence of the Secretary-General, the senior-most Director represents the Secretariat and conducts its affairs on behalf of the Secretary-General.

  • Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan
    (Secondment from Indonesia)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 1 February 2018
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    Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan
    Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan
    (Secondment from Indonesia)

    Dr. Gunawan is seconded from the Republic of Indonesia and has been posted as a Director at IORA Secretariat, Mauritius since 1 February 2018.

     

    Prior to his appointment at the IORA secretariat, Dr. Gunawan has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia since the year 2000 with a wide-ranging expertise and experience related to ASEAN External Affairs as well as ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation. During 2010-2012, Dr. Gunawan served as an Assistant to Director for ASEAN-Japan relations of Department for ASEAN External Affairs. He later served as a Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Environment and Disaster Management of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Department for the period of 2016-2017.

     

    Dr. Gunawan served as a Consul of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka, Japan during 2006-2009. He looked after a large number of issues related to consular affairs, information as well as economics and development. Dr. Gunawan is among a few Indonesian experts on the ASEAN-Japan relations. He earned his Master and Doctorate Degree in the Tsukuba University, Japan.

     

    Dr. Gunawan has a deep knowledge on maritime connectivity, environmental sustainability and disaster management in particular under the framework of ASEAN Cooperation. With such knowledge, he envisioned IORA to further strengthen on the aforesaid cooperation for the benefits of the people, the region and beyond.

  • Marc Livsey
    (Secondment from Australia)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 8 October 2018
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    Marc Livsey
    Marc Livsey
    (Secondment from Australia)

    Marc has been seconded from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a Director at the IORA Secretariat in Mauritius since 8 October 2018.  Marc is the second IORA Director to be seconded by Australia.

     

    Marc leads the Secretariat’s work on Trade and Investment Facilitation.  This builds on his experience promoting trade and investment between Australia and Africa while posted as an Australian diplomat in a regional role based in Ghana from 2013-15.  Marc previously worked on regional and multilateral trade issues for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including through the WTO, ASEAN and East Asia Summit (EAS).

     

    Marc also leads the Secretariat’s work on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a passion of his.  Until recently Marc was helping implement Australian programs in Papua New Guinea to promote gender equality.  He previously raised public awareness of gender equality issues including with UN Women in Australia.

     

    Marc holds a Masters of Anthropology and Development from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Laws/Arts (International Relations) from the University of Western Australia.

  • Gareth Rees
    (Secondment from South Africa)
    joined IORA Secretariat on 15 January 2019
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    Gareth Rees
    Gareth Rees
    (Secondment from South Africa)

    Gareth has been seconded from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as a Director to the IORA Secretariat since 15 January 2019.  Prior to joining the Secretariat, he has held several positions in the South African Foreign Service.  He has served at DIRCO Headquarters in Pretoria dealing with South Africa’s relations with IORA (2015-2019), the European Union (2009-2011), and the United States (1992-1994 and 1999-2003).  He has also served abroad in DIRCO’s diplomatic missions in Windhoek, Namibia (2011-2015), Washington DC, USA (2003-2008), and Vienna, Austria (1994-1999).   

     

    Gareth leads the Secretariat’s work on strengthening academic, science and technology cooperation, as well as on fostering tourism and cultural exchanges within IORA. 

     

    Gareth has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Relations and Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). 

  • Saravanan Murugan
    (Secondment from India)
    Joined IORA Secretariat on 15 December 2019
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    Saravanan Murugan
    Saravanan Murugan
    (Secondment from India)

    Saravanan Murugan has been seconded from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India as a Director to the IORA Secretariat since 15 December 2019. 

     

    Saravanan leads the Secretariat’s work on strengthening Maritime Safety and Security, and Disaster Risk Management within IORA. 

     

    Prior to joining the Secretariat, Saravanan has held several positions in the Government of India both at Secretariat and District level. He has served as a Director in Ministry of Commerce and Industry (2018-2019), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (2014-2018), Director of Primary Education (2013-2014), Director of Agriculture and Horticulture (2011-2013), District Magistrate and Collector of four districts in India (2002-2011). He has vast experience in programme delivery at district level and policy making at Secretariat level.

      

    Saravanan has a Bachelor of Science (BSc Agriculture) degree and Master of Business Management degree.