Chief Logistics Support Unit, United Nations – Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Geneva (CH)
After a short career as a journalist, Isabelle de Muyser-Boucher started work in humanitarian assistance in late 1987. She has been with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) since its creation in 1995 and is based in Geneva. After various assignments in relief coordination, procurement, warehouse management, air freight and project administration, she was promoted to the Chief of the Logistics Support Unit (LSU) of the Emergency Services Branch (ESB) in April 2007. LSU, now renamed Emergency Logistics Coordination Unit (ELCU) and part of OCHA’s Surge Capacity Section, has recently assumed programmatic and strategic responsibility for OCHA’s internal emergency logistics. It also continues to act as focal point for non-military logistics issues of interest to OCHA, including inter-agency discussions in the context of the Logistics and Emergency Shelter Clusters and other fora. LSU/ELCU is further responsible for the timely management of the OCHA stocks of basic non-food, non-medical relief items, for negotiating customs facilitation agreements with interested governments, as well as for gathering information on in-kind contributions in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies. Since 2005, Isabelle de Muyser-Boucher has also been the main interlocutor for OCHA's corporate partner, Deutsche Post-DHL and participated to a number of other private-public partnerships initiatives.