About the department

  • Promotion of sustainable enterprises for innovation, growth, more and better jobs.

ILO Enterprises Management Team 

  1. Director

    Vic Van Vuuren

    After completing a law degree Vic started his working career at the South African Department of Justice as a public prosecutor and magistrate. Thereafter he moved into the private sector and progressed later to executive positions. Vic was later appointed as the Chief Operations Officer of the national unified business federation organisation - Business Unity South Africa, which he helped establish. In February 2009 Vic was appointed as the Director, International Labour Organization for Southern Africa and in January 2016 Vic was appointed as the Director, Enterprises Department at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

  2. Deputy Director 

    Emmanuel Julien

    After completing a degree in political science in Paris, Emmanuel started working in a bank. He then moved to the French employers’ organization MEDEF where he assisted the Director of European and International social affairs and replaced him after 6 years. He was deeply involved in BUSINESSEUROPE where he notably chaired the CSR working group and led several EU-wide negotiations on inclusive labour markets or corporate social responsibility. From 2007 to 2013, he was a member of the ILO Governing Body and of the International Organization of Employers Management Board. He was appointed as the Deputy Director, Enterprises Department of the ILO in October 2013.

  3. Social Finance

    Craig Churchill

    Craig has more than two decades of microfinance experience, in both developed and developing countries. As Chief of the ILO's Social Finance Programme, Craig focuses on the potential of financial services and policies to achieve social objectives. Craig has authored and edited over 40 articles, papers, monographs and training manuals on various microfinance topics. Craig has a BA from Williams College and an MA from Clark University, both in Massachusetts.

  4. Global Employment Injury

    Anne Drouin

  5. Cooperatives

    Simel Esim

    Simel is the Manager of the Cooperatives Unit at the ILO in Geneva. Before joining the Cooperatives Unit, Simel worked as a Senior Technical Specialist in the ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States between 2004 and 2012. Her professional experiences before the ILO include working at the International Center for Research on Women, Development Alternatives, Inc. and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on a range of issues including informal economy, women’s economic empowerment and labour migration. Simel Esim holds a BA in political science, an MA in International Economics and Middle East Studies and a Ph.D. in economics with a concentration in development economics.

  6.  Green Jobs

    Moustapha Kamal Gueye

    Kamal is the Coordinator for Green Jobs Programme, working to promote positive employment outcomes of policies on climate change, green economy and sustainable development. Previously, Kamal served as Head, Green Economy Advisory Services at UN Environment, and as Senior Programme Manager-Environment at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. Earlier, Kamal spent twelve years across Asia, managing policy research projects on renewable energy, environment and sustainable development. Kamal holds a Ph.D. and Master degrees from Nagoya University, Japan; DEA and LL.M from Dakar University.

  7. Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement

    Githa Roelans

  8. Small and Medium Enterprises

    Merten Sievers

    Merten holds a degree in Economic Geography and a post-grad diploma in Development Management. Merten worked for the University of Hamburg and joined the ILO as a Junior Professional officer in 2000. Merten has managed ILO technical cooperation project in Bolivia and worked at the ILO/ITC in Turin. In 2009, he re-joined the SME unit as the Value Chain Development and BDS Global Coordinator and has since been promoted into his current position.