EGRISS Secretariat

The EGRISS Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and is composed by the following staff:

Natalia Baal

Natalia Krynsky Baal

Natalia Krynsky Baal is the Head of the Secretariat for the Expert Group on Refugee, IDP and Statelessness Statistics (EGRISS). In this capacity she coordinates the work of the UNSC-mandated group to support the implementation of statistical recommendations on refugees, IDPs and related population groups and to develop international recommendations on statelessness. Previously, she was a Senior Strategy and Policy Officer at the World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center and before that she was Coordinator of the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS). In various capacities, she has been working for the last ten years to strengthen available data and analysis in forced displacement situations, working closely with national authorities and statistical offices as well as humanitarian and development partners. She worked across different countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Ukraine, Somalia, Mali, Kosovo and Central African Republic, and has authored several publications on this topic. She also co-authored and led the development of the International Recommendations on IDP Statistics (IRIS) to their successful endorsement in 2020.

Carolina Ferrari

Filip Mitrovic

Filip Mitrovic is a Statistical Coordination Officer/Technical Advisor at UNHCR. As part of the EGRISS Secretariat, he provides technical support to national statistical offices on inclusion of statistical recommendations on refugees, IDPs and stateless persons in data collection activities. In the previous five years, he was a household survey specialist with UNICEF, providing technical assistance to NSOs, implementing both household face-to-face and phone surveys. Filip provided support in NSOs efforts to roll out Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) supporting design, planning, data collection, analysis and disseminations stages of data generation for SDG indicators sourced from household surveys along with large number of additional indicators on women’s and child’s health, nutrition, education, protection and living conditions. His previous experience also includes establishing monitoring frameworks for INGOs supporting people on the move along the Balkan migratory route. He worked in the Pacific (Fiji, Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nauru and Kiribati) and Eastern Europe (Serbia, North Macedonia and Hungary) regions.

Julieta Mendive Cormack

Julieta Mendive Cormack is a Communications Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As part of the EGRISS Secretariat, she supports advocacy, communication and coordination activities for the implementation of statistical recommendations on refugees, IDPs and stateless persons. Before joining UNHCR, Juli worked on sociodemographic statistics collection, analysis and dissemination with Argentina’s National Statistical Office and at a non-government organization focused on sex workers in Argentina. She also worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in the Internal Audit and Investigations Unit, and was an intern at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. Juli holds a BSS in Sociology and a MSc in Social Demography. 

Charis Oluwamayowa Sijuwade

Charis Sijuwade is the Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As part of the EGRISS Secretariat, she supports the group’s efforts to finalize the International Recommendations on Statelessness Statistics report for the United Nations Statistical Commission. Before joining UNHCR, Charis worked as a research assistant at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, where she focused on identifying different statistical relationships between biodiversity and human health outcomes. She has also worked as a research consultant, where she helped bridge the gap between academia and the pharmaceutical industry, hoping to fast-track the development of healthcare technologies. Charis holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and an MSc in Public Health from Lund University, where she focused on mental health outcomes in refugee and asylum seeker populations.

Assana-Richard Ayizou

Assana-Richard Ayizou is a Monitoring and Coordination intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As part of EGRISS, he supports the group to ensure the successful planning, execution, and reporting of the monitoring survey. Before joining UNHCR, Assana-Richard worked as intern at the Ministry of Economy, Planning, and Cooperation of Senegal, where he focused on monitoring the business environment within Special Economic Zones. He holds a diploma of Economist Statistician Engineer from the Pierre Ndiaye National School of Statistics and Economic Analysis (ENSAE) of Dakar.