ILO COOP Staff

Simel Esim

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. Upon completing her studies, Ms Esim worked at the World Bank, Development Alternatives, Inc. and the International Center for Research on Women in Washington, D.C. on formalizing the informal economy, women’s economic empowerment and labour migration among others.

Between 2004 and 2012, Ms Esim was a Senior Technical Specialist in the ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut. Currently she is the Manager of the Cooperatives Unit at the ILO in Geneva. The unit, which has been in existence since 1920, serves the ILO constituents on issues related to cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises through research, policy advice, training and development cooperation guided by the ILO Recommendation on the Promotion of Cooperatives, 2002 (R.193).

Simel speaks Turkish and English, and has working knowledge of Italian, Arabic and French. She is a beginner in Spanish.

Roberto Di Meglio

Roberto Di Meglio is a Senior Specialist at the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He mainly works on Local development and Social and Solidarity Economy.

He began his career with the ILO in 1989 working on cooperatives and local development in Argentina, Bolivia, Central America and the Caribbean, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. From 1999 to 2003 he was assigned to the ILO in Geneva where he coordinated the activities of the Local Economic Development Programme for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As LED Specialist in the ILO Office in Chile, from 2003 to 2008, he published several titles and articles on local economic development, supervised technical cooperation programmes and projects and promoted networking with other international organizations, training centres and academic institutions. Prior to his current position, he leaded a Project - Promotion of Decent Work and social cohesion - within the ILO International Training Center in Turin, Italy.

He co-authored and edited several ILO publications, in particular, “Social and Solidarity Economy: -building a common understanding” (2010); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work” (2011); Social and Solidarity Economy: An opportunity to enhance youth employment” (2013); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development (2014). He is co-editor of a web site, the “Collective Brain".

Guy Tchami

Guy Tchami has been working for the ILO for the past sixteen years. He joined the organization in 2001 in its Cooperatives Unit in Geneva, mainly working on project formulation, project backstopping, research and publications, etc. Between 2008-11, he worked for a DFID-funded programme assisting cooperatives and other self-help groups in Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is currently based in Geneva as Cooperative Policy and Research Specialist working on development cooperation projects on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics. He speaks French, and English, and as well as has working knowledge of Spanish.

Young Hyun Kim

Young Hyun Kim has joined with the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit since 1st Nov. 2017 as a technical officer through a technical cooperation programme between the ILO and Korean Government. Prior the ILO, Young Hyun worked at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Republic of Korea from 2002 to 2017. Young Hyun holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham and a Master in Finance from London Business School.

Andrea Davila

Andrea Davila joined the ILO in 2010 as technical officer on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Her main areas of work included research, design and implementation of development cooperation projects, and the provision of technical advice on non-Discrimination, Child Labour and Forced Labour in different regions. She joined the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit in 2018, where she works on the development of tools, training, and supports the Unit’s development cooperation activities. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Business from the Catholic University of Ecuador – Quito, and a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Geneva. She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Mina Waki

Mina Waki is working at the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit as a technical officer through a technical cooperation programme between the ILO and Japanese Consumers’ Cooperatives Union (JCCU). Mina works mainly on the communication and publication of the Unit and the ILO/JCCU African Cooperative Leaders Study Tour in Japan. Before joining the ILO in April 2017, she worked at the Business Development Department of JCCU on IT/web business development projects. She holds a BA in economics and a MA in environmental management from the Kyoto University and a MA in public policy from Institute for Solidarity-based Society at the Hosei University.

Valentina Verze

Valentina Verze joined ILO COOP in 2018 as a Junior Professional Officer on Social and Solidarity Economy and the Future of Work. Her main areas of work include a range of SSE-related issues, such as: elaboration of research on cooperatives and other SSE enterprises; identification, design, implementation and monitoring of development cooperation projects; development of capacity building tools and strategies; and networking with ILO constituents and other partners in the field of SSE and future of work.

Between 2014 and 2018, Ms Verze worked as a manager of development and international cooperation projects in the Mediterranean and the Middle East regions focusing mainly on local economic development, women’s empowerment and refugees’ rights.

She holds a Joint Master’s Degree in Social Economy from the University of Bologna in Italy and Reims Management School in France. Valentina speaks Italian and English. She has working knowledge of French and Spanish.

Maura Fernández Salas

Ms Maura Fernández Salas joined ILO COOP in October 2019 as an intern. She is currently finishing her Masters in International Development at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. During her undergrad, she studied International Development and Anthropology in Trent University, Canada, and specialized in different forms of workers’ and peasants’ cooperatives. Her main focus is on Cuba and Latin America. Ms Fernández Salas will be working at the COOP unit, on a range of issues related to the social and solidarity economy. She will work on a number of on-going projects, such as website design and development, communications, project design and proposals. Ms Fernández Salas divides her time between her work at the ILO, her passion for agroecology, and the exchange of practices with workers and peasants in Valais, Switzerland.