Manon Bernier is Regional Portfolio Manager for Asia and the Pacific for the United Nations Volunteer programme (UNV). She is managing a portfolio of strategic countries and supporting the mobilization of more than 1100 UN Volunteers serving the region. In 2015, she was assigned to the region to establish the first UNV Regional Office. Her main area of expertise is in building innovative partnerships and programmes with a strong focus on South-South cooperation and private sector engagement. She led the development of new South South partnership engagement including with Chinese partners around the Belt and Road Initiative, with Thailand on knowledge exchange in ASEAN countries and with Brazil on trilateral project on South South Cooperation with El Salvador.
From 2012 to 2015 Manon was leading the area of volunteer learning and knowledge management for UNV, developing innovative solutions to enhance the quality and impact of the volunteer experience. She also chaired the technical group for the development of UNV Youth Strategy in support of the Five-Year Action Agenda of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. From 2007 to 2012, she was Portfolio Manager for Latin America, managing more than 700 UN Volunteers and developing new innovating partnership promoting volunteerism as a tool to engage communities in development as well as enhance South South cooperation. Manon worked as well for UNDP in Panama, managing a portfolio of projects in the area of decentralization and local governance. She also worked for Canadian Cooperation in Guatemala.
Prior to the UN, Manon was working for the private sector. From 2000 to 2005, she worked for the Canadian artistic multinational Cirque du Soleil. As Project Manager for their social corporate responsibility programme, she developed and implemented specific programmes in Latin America, Asia and Africa, using arts as a way of intervention with youth at risk.