United Nations Statistical Commission

Overview   50th Session (2019)   Bureau


The officers of the Commission, also referred to as the Bureau, are the Chairman, three Vice-chairmen and the Rapporteur.

In between sessions of the Commission, members of the Commission, the Bureau and the Secretariat consult on the election of the Bureau for the upcoming session. A Bureau is elected for a one year period with the expectation that they will be re-elected to a second one year term if available. Nominations are made by members of the Commission. Elections are held at the beginning of a session. In practice elections have been by acclamation.

At its thirtieth session the Commission decided to give the officers of the Commission (if necessary complemented by any others whose participation is deemed useful by the Chairman) more of a steering role.

Officers elected at the start of the 50th session of the Committee on 5 March 2019



Zachary Mwangi Chege
Director General
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Mr. Zachary Mwangi Chege has over 27 years' experience in the public service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (First class Honors) from University of Nairobi and a Masters of Arts in Economic Policy Management, Makerere University, Uganda. He has expertise in official statistics, strategic management, surveys and censuses implementation, public policy analysis, budgeting, and project management, among others.

Prior to his current appointment as the Director General of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), he was the Director of Macroeconomic Statistics, KNBS, from 2008 to 2012. From 1991 to 2008 he worked in the mainstream civil service rising to the position of Chief Economist in the Ministry of Planning and National Development.

He has coordinated the preparation of various publications including, Annual Economic Survey reports, Annual Statistical Abstract reports, Quarterly GDP reports, Socio Economic Atlas, various survey reports, Public Expenditure Review reports, Quarterly Budget Review reports and District Development Plans.

He has attended various courses and workshops, both locally and abroad, on Regional Integration, Statistical Developments, Public Expenditure Management, Financial Programming and Policies, Risk Management, Quality Management System, Project Management, Macroeconomic analysis and modeling, among others



Masato Aida
Senior Advisor for Official Statistics of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Nationality: Japanese
Place/Date of Birth:  Saitama Prefecture, Japan / 25 November 1957
Education: Graduated from the University of Tokyo, School of Engineering in 1983
Professional Career:
1983 Joined the Prime Minister's Office
1997 Senior Planning Officer for Design and New Service Industry, Service Affairs IndustryDivision, Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
1999 Director, Management and Planning Section, Population Census Division, Statistical Survey Department, Statistics Bureau, Management and Coordination Agency
2001 Director, Economic Statistics Division, Statistical Survey Department, Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
2001 Counsellor, Statistics Bureau, MIC
2002 Director, Consumer Statistics Division, Statistical Survey Department, Statistics Bureau, MIC
2004 Director, International Statistical Affairs Division, Statistical Standards Department, Statistics Bureau, MIC
2005 Director for International Statistical Affairs, Office of Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Standards, MIC
2006 Director, Planning Division, Secretariat, Science Council of Japan
2007 Director for Statistical Clearance, Office of Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Standards, MIC
2009 Director for Statistical Planning, Office of Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Standards, MIC
2010 Director, General Affairs Division, Statistics Bureau, MIC
2012 Director-General, Statistical Survey Department, Statistics Bureau, MIC
2015 Director-General, Statistics Bureau, MIC
2017 Director-General, Statistical Research and Training Institute
2018 Senior Advisor for Official Statistics of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications


Julio A. Santaella
National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico

Julio A. Santaella received his Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He holds a Master's degree and PhD. in Economics from the University of California (UCLA).

Since January 2016, Julio Santaella is the President of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), the Mexican National Statistics Office. From 2001 to 2015, Mr. Santaella served at the Bank of Mexico as the Executive Coordinator of the Mexican Petroleum Fund, Manager of Information and Analysis, Director of the Central Bank Operations Support, Researcher for the General Direction of Economic Research, as well as for the Central Bank Governing Board.

In the academy field, he has been a researcher and teacher at the ITAM (1985-86, 1997-2003), Coordinator of the Applied Economics Center, Chairman of the Economics Department and Deputy Director of the Economic Research and Analysis Center.

From 1992 to 1997 he served as an economist of the Research Department and the European Department I of the International Monetary Fund, and from 1984 and 1987, he was appointed Department Chief of Macroeconomic Policy in the General Direction of Treasury Planning at the Finance Ministry.


Anil Arora
Chief Statistician of Canada

Anil Arora was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September 2016.

Mr. Arora has led significant transformational initiatives throughout his career, with experience and partnerships spanning all three levels of government, the private sector and international organizations, including the UN and the OECD. He has led projects on high-profile policy issues, legislative and regulatory reform, and overseen large national programs.

In 1988, Mr. Arora joined Statistics Canada where he served in several positions, including regional operations, corporate services and the redesign of the dissemination function. In 2000, he became Director of Census Management Office and subsequently the Director General responsible for all aspects of the 2006 Census. In this role, Mr. Arora led the most comprehensive redesign of the Program, including the introduction of an online questionnaire. Following the successful delivery of the 2006 Census he became the Assistant Chief Statistician of Social, Health and Labour Statistics from 2008 to 2010.

In 2009, Mr. Arora received the prestigious APEX Leadership Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership skills and management excellence.

In 2010, Mr. Arora joined Natural Resources Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Minerals and Metals Sector, and in 2013 was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Science and Policy Integration. He moved to Health Canada in 2014, becoming Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Products and Food Branch and leading a complex organization overseeing regulation of food, drug and health products for Canada. He also served as chair of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities.

Mr. Arora attended the University of Alberta, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, followed by further education in computing science and management, including a graduate certificate in Advanced Public Sector Management at the University of Ottawa, and the Advanced Leadership Program at the Canada School of Public Service.



Tudorel Andrei
Romanian National Institute of Statistics

Highly qualified in econometrics and quantitative methods (PhD in economics - Bucharest University of Economic Studies and Certificate of Advanced Studies in econometrics - University of Social Sciences, Mathematics Department, Toulouse), Mr Tudorel Andrei led the Council for PhD Studies at the Bucharest University of Economics Studies, the largest and oldest university specialized in economics in Romania. His major areas of interest are income distribution, education and innovation resulting in several scientific articles in major international journals.

Mr. Andrei has been the President of the Romanian National Institute for Statistics since 2013. As president, he supports innovation, communication and international relationships.

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