Simel EsimSimel Esim Simel Esim, a Turkish-American economist, has led the ILO’s portfolio on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) since 2012, when she became the first woman to be appointed as the head the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit (COOP) since 1920. In 2022, she served as lead technical expert for the ILO’s Office report on decent work and the SSE. The general discussion at the 110th ILC led to the adoption of a resolution on decent work and the SSE, and the subsequent seven year strategy and action plan (2023-2029) endorsed by the ILO’s Governing Body.
Previously, Simel led ILO Regional Office for Arab States’ portfolio on gender equality and women workers rights. Prior to joining the ILO in 2004, Ms Esim worked for the World Bank, Development Alternatives, Inc. and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). She has been a member of Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) since its founding in 1997 and currently serves on its Board.
She holds a PhD in Economics from the American University in Washington, DC, an MA in International Economics and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC, and a BA in Political Science from the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She is fluent in English and Turkish and has working knowledge of Arabic, French and Italian.
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.
Dong Il ChoiDong Il Choi has joined the Cooperatives Unit of the Enterprises Department at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva in April 2021 as Cooperatives and Social & Solidarity Economy (SSE) Development Specialist. He is seconded to the ILO from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) of South Korea where he had worked for 15 years.
Mr Choi’s main focus at MOEF has been around budgeting and policy coordination. He worked at the Budget Office for six years on diverse national budget issues including welfare, employment and labour, research and development and social overhead capital (SOC) among others. He also worked at the Policy Coordination Bureau of MOEF, which includes a division on Cooperatives and Social Economy, for five years. Around 2012, he was in charge of the process of establishing and enacting 'the Framework Act on Cooperatives', through which he built an understanding on the value of cooperatives and wider social and solidarity economy (SSE).
Mr Choi has a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University (SNU) in addition to two master’s degrees: one in Engineering from SNU and another one in International Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy in Los Angeles, California.
He speaks English and Korean (native).
Rayann KoudaihRayann Koudaih joined the ILO in 2015. Before joining the COOP unit, he has worked at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States as an enterprise development officer. His technical areas of work include entrepreneurship promotion, SME productivity and working conditions, financial inclusion, enterprise formalization, and more recently SSE and cooperative development in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, and Iraq. Prior to joining the ILO, Rayann worked as a policy analyst at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on private sector development policies in the MENA region. He joined ILO’s Cooperatives Unit in Geneva as Technical Officer on SSE and Cooperative Development providing support to relevant development cooperation projects in Arab States and Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics from the Université de Paris-Dauphine in Paris, France. He speaks Arabic, French, and English.
Chinmay GundlurChinmay Gundlur is continuing to work with ILO COOP after the completion of his internship. During his time with the COOP Unit as a Jr. Communications Officer Chinmay will work on communication needs around key events including Manage.Coop pilot training, UNTFSSE fourth technical symposium, discussions on statistics of cooperatives and the SSE at the 21st ICLS, and the structured partnership and fundraising event. Chinmay holds a MA degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID), specializing in Global Security, Power, and Conflict. He has worked on policy making and skill development for youth and is the Founder and CEO of CIRCEI Education, which enables 21st-century skills amongst Youth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in India.
Elizabeth ShawElizabeth Shaw joined the ILO’s COOP Unit in April 2023 as an intern supporting the development of a resource mobilization plan for the social and solidarity economy. Prior to joining the ILO, she worked in partnerships and media relations at the World Trade Organization and the Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC. Her interests include a variety of topics spanning from the care economy to informal work to the migration-development nexus.
Elizabeth holds a MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Peace, Conflict and Justice and Contemporary Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. Her master’s thesis focused on feminised care labour under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.