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UNA-NCA Young Professionals: Careers in International Organizations
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UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) is a program of United Nations Association of the United States of America that seeks to engage young professionals in discussions of international affairs, while also emphasizing the importance of multilateral cooperation and the UN. The annual International Career Dinner Series invites young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field. YP makes their signature event accessible for Maryland residents.

When: 4/20/2013
5:00 PM
Where: Announced upon registration
Ellicott City, Maryland 
United States
Contact: United Nations Association of the USA - National Capital Area

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Event Speakers:

Jérome Sauvage

Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program Washington Office

Matthew Corso
Communications Director, DAI

Speaker Bios:
Jérome Sauvage, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program Washington Office
Prior to joining the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Washington Office, Jérome Sauvage served as Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in DPR Korea from November 2009 to January 2013. In this role, he helped to position the UN by responding to emergencies in development, humanitarian action and recovery; represented the UN at the bilateral and multilateral levels; negotiated with Government on operating conditions in the country; led Resource Mobilization efforts in support of humanitarian and development activities and led the UN System response during disasters and emergencies. He opened the UNDP's office in North Korea, negotiating the Country Program for Executive Board approval, ensuring that all projects met UNDP's mandate as well as Monitoring and Evaluation and other Internal Control requirements. He was Designated Official for Security and for business continuity.

Prior service serving in DPR Korea, Mr. Sauvage was Interim Country Director of UNDP Pakistan from June to November 2009, where he managed the Program and Operations for UNDP in this $70 million Country Office towards achieving national development goals and MDGs. Other assignments include: From August 2004 to May 2009, he served as Deputy Director of Country Operations at UNDP India, where he provided operations support to UNDP's $45 million annual program and co-led the preparation of the Development Assistance Framework segment on Disaster Risk Reduction (2008-12). In the immediate aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami in India, he set up the UN Tsunami Recovery inter-agency Team in Chennai, launching the initial early recovery activities. Other UNDP assignments include:

UNDP OHR New York: Chief, HR Service Centers (1997 to August 2004)
UNDP Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Senior Assistant Representative (1994 to March 1997)
UNDP Antananarivo, Madagascar: Assistant Representative (1990 to August 1994)
UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, New York: Executive Officer (1985 to August 1990)
UNDP Hanoi, Vietnam: Junior Professional Officer (October 1983 to March 1985)

Mr. Sauvage received his MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University International Relations School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He also attended Paris I - La Sorbonne University, where he received a degree in Maitrise (Law). Jérome is of French nationality and married to Carolyn, a US citizen (and the only US citizen living in DPRK then), with two young adult children who work in Washington DC and Vietnam respectively.

Matthew Corso, Communications Director, DAI

Matthew Corso is an employee of DAI serving as the Communications Director on the Technical Advisory Services contract supporting the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances/Global Partnerships Division at USAID. He is responsible for developing communications strategies, overseeing outreach activities and events, and communicating the importance of public-private partnerships for development to USAID and external audiences. In this role, he managed the 2011 Alliance Builders Forum and the launch of Devex Impact (, a new online community for practitioners working in public-private partnerships for development. Prior to joining DAI, Mr. Corso served as Deputy Director of Government Affairs at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and as the Director of the Sister Cities Network for Sustainable Development at Sister Cities International. He holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School at The George Washington University and a B.S. in Political Science and German from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, WI. Matthew is a volunteer board member of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, and Chair of the Center Global Initiative and Co-Chair of GLOV – Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence. He is an avid internationalist and enjoys traveling, cooking, kickball, and running.