17 June, 2014, Vientiane.- Mr. Hassan Mohtashami, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) new Country Representative, presented his letter of credential to Mr. Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, on behalf of the Government of Lao PDR.
Mr. Mohtashami, a national of Iran, is a medical doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and post-graduate training in Population Leadership. He has earned over 23 years of health management and administration experience at district, national and international levels and started his career in his home country of Iran as District Health Director, World Bank Project Manager, and then CEO of Family Planning Association. Prior to joining UNFPA, he served as World Health Organization Advisor in Afghanistan. He has served UNFPA since 2004 as Deputy Representative in Sudan and Uganda and recently as Representative in Swaziland.