Major General Per Lodin
Chief Military Observer-Head of Mission
Major General Per Lodin of Sweden joined the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) as Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission on July 3, 2016.
With a distinguished military career in the Swedish Army beginning in 1978, Major General Lodin has worked on important national and international assignments. He most recently served as the Director of Procurement and Logistics at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (2014-2016). He was the Director of Strategic Planning and Development (2008-2014) and Head of Strategies, R&D and Business Development (2007-2008) in the same organization.
Major General Lodin has also served as a Commanding Officer in the NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo (2006-07). Prior to this, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Swedish Armed Forces (2005-06).
Major General Lodin is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Sciences. He holds a diploma from the Graduate Institute of International Studies based in Geneva and attended the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders course in 2015.
Born in 1956, he is married and has two children.
Colonel Oriel Pangcog
Deputy Chief Military Observer
Colonel Oriel Pangcog from the Philippines was appointed as UNMOGIP's Deputy Chief Military Observer on February 15, 2017. This is his first deployment in a UN Mission.
He joined the Philippine Army in February 1991 after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy. He earned a master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney in Australia in 2009 and Public Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines in 2012 with a major in Development and Security.
Colonel Pangcog’s last appointment in the Philippine Army was Chief of Staff, Light Reaction Regiment, Special Operations Command.
Born in 1967, he is married and has a son.
Chief of Mission Support
Nester Odaga-Jalomayo of Uganda joined the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on 6 July, 2014 as the Chief of Mission Support (CMS). Prior to this, he served in similar capacity at the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone from December 2012 to June 2014.
He brings with him 16 years' experience at the United Nations. Before joining the UN, he worked for 19 years as a Foreign Service Officer for his government.
Mr. Odaga-Jalomayo started his career in the UN as a Budget Officer in UN Headquarters in New York in 1999 before going to serve as a Chief Budget Officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone (2000-2005) and Port-au-Prince, Haïti (2006-2007). He was later appointed the Chief of Administrative Services for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (2007-2012)
Mr. Odaga-Jalomayo holds a Master degree in Policy Analysis and Financial Management from Columbia University, New York, Diploma in International Trade and Finance from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands, Advanced Professional Training in Development Diplomacy from the German Foundation for International Development (DSE), Berlin, Germany and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and Philosophy from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. In addition, he has received extensive professional training from reputed international institutions as well as from the UN.
Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Governance at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.
Chief Security Officer
Syed Capua of Bangladesh joined UNMOGIP in late 2010. His professional career spans nearly 30 years which includes services in the Bangladesh Army and the United Nations. This is his second assignment as the Chief Security Officer of a UN Peacekeeping Mission. He served in a similar capacity in United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (2003-2007).
Mr. Capua started his career in the Bangladesh Army in 1984 where he held various positions. Shortly after completing the Infantry Officers’ Advance Course in 1992 in the US Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Mr. Capua was appointed Instructor in both Weapon and Tactics wings in the prestigious Bangladesh School of Infantry and Tactics.
He was the Senior Operations Officer during his secondment from the Bangladesh Army to the UN Guards Contingent in Iraq in 1999.
Mr Capua started his UN career in Iraq in January 2001.
Being a student of political science, Mr. Capua takes a great deal of interest in international relations, politics and economic developments. His research and analysis in this area is an integral part of his professional work.
He is married and has two children.