United States of America
United States of America   Member since:1945
Liaison Office for North America
Liaison Office LOW
2121 K Street
NW. Suite 800-B
Mailing Address:
Liaison Office LOW, 2121 K Street, NW. Suite 800-B, 20037 Washington, DC,

Office Languages:
Working hours:
Monday - Friday 08:30-12:00 12:30-17:00
Office Holidays:

1 January
17 February
26 May
4 July
1 September
27 November
25 December



Appointment date:
United States of America

Mr Nelson, a national of the USA, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Cabot International College, Rome, and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States of America. Mr Nelson started his career in 1978 with Ernst & Whinney, an international accounting firm, in which he held progressively responsible positions in Italy and the United States, rising to the grade of Manager. At Ernst & Whinney he managed staff conducting audits of multinational corporations and provided high-level advisory services to clients in banking and the financial sector on accounting systems and controls, financial reporting and internal organization. In 1986, he joined FAO as Manager of the Credit Union, where he introduced a new financial structure and reporting systems, reorganized services to members and directly managed a large investment portfolio. In 1996, he was seconded to carry out a special assignment in the GI Department which led to the re-organization of the former Publications Division. In 1997, Mr Nelson was promoted to Chief, Meeting Programming and Documentation Service (GICM), where he devised new ways to control costs and raise income, and established a viable financial framework for language services provided to user Divisions within the Organization’s largest chargeback accounts. In addition, he was entrusted with the management of FAO services for major UN and Italian Government conferences hosted by the Organization, including the Registration activities for World Food Summit:five years later. From 2002 to 2011, he held the position of Director of the Finance Division (CSF), where he introduced split assessments in US Dollars and Euro for Members, removing the major cause of Regular Programme exchange risk faced by the Organization for decades. He also expanded reporting of unfunded staff-related liabilities and obtained approval by Members of separate assessments towards funding of after-service medical coverage. In 2011, Mr Nelson was appointed to the position of Assistant Director-General, Corporate Services, Human Resources and Finance Department (CS).

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