Our Team in Ethiopia

Dr. Catherine Sozi

Dr. Catherine Sozi

UN
Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
 
 
Dr. Catherine Sozi has devoted more than 30 years to public service. She has previously served as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and worked for 18 years as the UNAIDS Country Director in Zambia, South Africa, and China. Prior to joining the UN System in 2000, she worked with governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in the United Kingdom, Uganda and South Africa focusing on planning and delivering services to people. A medical doctor, she has Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom and holds a post-graduate Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She obtained her Bachelor of Medicine degree (MBBS) from Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London.
Mrs Abibatou Wane-Fall

Abibatou Wane-Fall

IOM
Chief of Mission
 
 
 
Mrs. Abibatou Wane-Fall is a national of Senegal and has been working with IOM for almost 22 years. Before arriving in Ethiopia, she was Chief of Mission in Ghana, Togo and Benin. Prior to this, she served as IOM Chief of Mission in Burkina Faso, Zambia and Niger. She has also formerly served in various capacities at the IOM Regional Office in Dakar and IOM Headquarters in Geneva. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Siena (Italy) and a Postgraduate Diploma (DES) in Political Sciences (International Relations) from the University of Geneva. She speaks French, English and Italian.
Agnes Kijazi

Agnes Kijazi

WMO
Director, Regional Office for Africa
 
 
 
Dr Kijazi has more than 30 years of working experience in Meteorology at national and international levels. Before her appointment, she was the Director General of the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) and Permanent Representative (PR) of Tanzania with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Third Vice President of the Word Meteorological Organization (WMO). She has also served as a member and Co-Chair of the UN 10 Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). Dr Kijazi holds a PhD and MSc in Meteorology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a BSc in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Aklile Mitiku Habtemariam

Aklile Habtemariam

ITC
Country Manager for Ethiopia
 
 
 
Mr. Aklile Mitiku Habtemariam is the Country Manager for Ethiopia at the International Trade Centre (ITC). He has over 18 years of experience in trade promotion, development and trade related technical assistance. Prior to joining ITC, he worked for the then Ethiopian Export Promotion Agency. Aklile holds a master’s degree in International Trade Law and Economics from the University of Bern, a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University, and a diploma of advanced studies in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva.
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Alexio Musindo

ILO
Country Director for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Special representative to the AU and the ECA
 
 
Alexio, a national of Zimbabwe, has more than 20 years of experience in international development work across several countries in Africa. As ILO Representative, Alexio currently manages and leads ILO country programmes in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, and also serves as the ILO Special Representative to the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa.

Anne-Rachel Inné

Anne-Rachel Inné

ITU
Regional Director for Africa
 
 
 
Anne-Rachel Inné is the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Regional Director for Africa, liaison to African Union and UNECA. A 25-year veteran of international telecommunications - Internet/ICTs expert, she has worked as an executive at several global internet root organisations. She holds an MBA in International Finance/Economics-International Management.

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Aurelia Patrizia Calabro

UNIDO
Representative and Director of the Regional Office
 
 
 
Aurelia Patrizia Calabrò, an Italian national, holds a University Degree in International Economy, and a master’s degree in theory and Policy for Economic Development. She speaks 6 languages (i.e., Italian, French, English, Spanish, German and Russian). She started her career at UNIDO in May 1989 at the Agro-Industries Development Department. During her over 30 years of service, she has specialized in agro-value chains development.
  WFP Representative and Country Director in Ethiopia

Claude Jibidar

WFP
Representative and Country Director
 
 
 
Mr. Jibidar brings more than 30 years of non-profit and corporate leadership experience focusing on food security, nutrition, and emergency response strategies. Previously, he served as a Deputy Regional Director, West and Central Africa and Deputy Director of the Geneva Liaison Office. He also served as Country Director and Representative in Chad, DR Congo, and Afghanistan. Mr. Jibidar is a Togolese national and a graduate of Institute Universitaire de Technologie, Lyon and École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon Faculty, both in France.
Dr Françoise Ndayishimiye

Dr Françoise Ndayishimiye

UNAIDS
Country Director and Representative
 
 
 
Dr. Françoise NDAYISHIMIYE, a native of Burundi, is a medical doctor with specialization in Public Health. She holds other certificates in leadership, management, monitoring and evaluation, gender, and development. She has over 26 years of experience. She has previously served as the Country Director and Representative of UNAIDS in Gabon and Haiti. She has additionally worked as Gender and Human Rights Advisor with UNAIDS in Geneva and Haiti.
Dr Nonhlanhla Rosemary Dlamini  a.i.

Dr Nonhlanhla Rosemary Dlamini

WHO
Representative a.i.
 
 
 
Dr. Dlamini is Deputy WHO Representative to Ethiopia as of October 2021, and was the WHO Representative in Malawi for two years before that. Before joining WHO, she was Chief Director at the South Africa Ministry of Health covering a range of strategic health programmes. She also worked as a paediatrician at different government and teaching hospitals. Dr. Dlamini is a registered Medical Doctor and holds an MBChB, a Master’s degree in Medicine specialising in Paediatrics and a second Master’s degree in Public Health. She is a national of South Africa.
Dr. Aboubacar Kampo

Dr. Aboubacar Kampo

UNICEF
Country Representative
 
 
 
Dr. Kampo served as Director of Health Programmes at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. Before that, he served as UNICEF Country Representative in Afghanistan and Cote d’Ivoire and has held senior leadership positions across various International NGOs and UN Agencies over the last 18 years. Dr. Kampo is a Medical Doctor and Public Health Specialist. He is an expert in development aid and humanitarian assistance, and has worked as a physician/surgeon in hospitals and clinics in rural and urban areas in Africa and Asia. He is a national of Mali.
FAO Farayi Zimudzi

Farayi Zimudzi

FAO
Representative
 
 
 
Ms. Farayi Zimudzi is a Zimbabwean national and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Master of Science in Aquaculture. Prior to her post, she was FAO Representative in Namibia. She has also served in the Regional Office for Africa in Accra, Ghana as well as in the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division at FAO Headquarters in Rome as Programme Advisor in the Global Food Security Cluster.
Haregewoin Bekele

Haregewoin Bekele

UN-Habitat
Country Programme Manager (a.i)
 
 
 
With a background in architecture and urban planning, Haregewoin worked with design, construction and consultancy works for 15+ years before joining UN Habitat in 2019. She has MA in Urban Land and Property Valuation and MSC in Real Estate Management.
Judith Ameso

Judith Ameso

UNCTAD
Officer-In-Charge for the Africa Office
 
 
 
Judith is the Officer-in-Charge of the UNCTAD Regional Office for Africa. She is a trade policy expert and holds a master’s in international law and Economics. Prior to joining UNCTAD, she worked with UNECA in a consulting capacity, and has 10 years’ experience working on trade, regional integration and development issues.
Mamadou

Mamadou Dian Balde

UNHCR
Representative
 
 
Mamadou Balde has been working with UNHCR for over 22 years, with several field postings, in Africa (including Ethiopia), Asia and at HQ, in Geneva. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy Director of UNHCR’s Division of Resilience and Solutions in HQ, Geneva, overseeing the organization’s global programmes on education, social protection, food security, durable solutions, as well as livelihoods and economic inclusion. Hailing from Guinea, Mr. Balde obtained his PhD in international law at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium.
Marcel C. AKPOVO

Marcel C. AKPOVO

OHCHR
Regional Representative, East Africa Regional Office (OHCHR-EARO) and Representative to the African Union
 
 
 
Mr Akpovo is a Benin national. He is a Lawyer and an International Communications, Security and Defence Expert. He possesses 30 years of international experience as a Human Rights, Rule of Law, Conflict, Development, Peace and Security specialist. His extensive professional roles span across a broad range of thematic portfolios and Regions, where he served at senior management and leadership positions.
Margaret

Margaret Oduk

UNEP
Head of Liaison Office to AUC & ECA and Representative to Ethiopia OiC
 
 
Ms. Margaret Oduk, an environment policy expert, has been with UN Environment Programme for over 15 years in different capacities. Prior to her current post, she was UNEP’s Focal Point for global Biodiversity - Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) managing several high-profile projects. Ms. Oduk is an Alumni of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies. A Kenyan national, Ms. Oduk has a Ph.D in Resource and Environmental Management from the Australian National University in Canberra Australia.
Mathewos Hunde Tulu

Mathewos Tulu

UNDRR
Coordination Officer and Head, UNDRR AU Liaison Office
 
 
 
Before taking this position in July 2017, Mr. Mathewos served as head of the then UNISDR Sub-Reginal Office in Addis Ababa, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor to the African Union Commission and to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Mr Tulu also worked for more than 20 years for the government of Ethiopia in different capacities including Director of the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector of the Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Mathewos holds a master’s degree in Agricultural science specializing in Agronomy.
Mawira Chitima

Mawira Chitima

IFAD
Country Director/Head, South South Triangular Cooperation and Knowledge Centre
 
 
 
Mawira Chitima leads IFAD's work in Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan. He has over 30 years of experience. He joined IFAD in 2016 and has previously served in various management and leadership positions with the Government of Zimbabwe; Eswatini Water and Agriculture Development Enterprise; Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility; Qualifresh Zimbabwe, and Technoserve (Zimbabwe). He has also served as Lead Global Technical Specialist for water and rural infrastructure at IFAD. Before moving to his current role, he led investment programme development in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. He holds an MSc in Agricultural Engineering (Irrigation), Crainfield University, UK. He has extensive experience in the development of country strategies and their implementation as well as in climate resilient infrastructure development, portfolio investment and management.

He holds an MSc in Agricultural Engineering (Irrigation), Crainfield University, UK. He has Extensive Experience in development of Country Strategies and their implementation and in climate resilient infrastructure development, portfolio investment and management and Country Strategies development and implementation.
Michel Saad

Michel Saad

OCHA
Head of Office
 
 
 
Michel Saad is the Head of Office of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for Ethiopia. He has over 15 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, with OCHA and International Committee of the Red Cross.
UNDESA Monica Nogara

Monica Nogara

UN DESA
Senior Policy Advisor
 
 
 
Monica Nogara is also a focal point for RCO/DCO coordination and support. Previously she served as Chief of Programme Development in the UN-DESA Capacity Development Offices and held various positions related to policy analysis, programme management, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation within the Department. She also worked at the World Bank and in UNFPA. She a master’s degree in international political economy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Padua, Italy.
Neil J. Walsh

Neil J. Walsh

UNODC
Reginal Representative
 
 
Neil Walsh joined the United Nations in January 2016 and, since December 2021, is Regional Representative for UNODC in Eastern Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. Neil is Head of Mission for 13 countries in the East Africa and Western Indian Ocean Region. He and his staff deliver the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Strategic Vision for Africa's response to crime, terrorism, security and health threats. From 2016-2021, Neil led UNODC's global Cybercrime, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism Department in Vienna.
Rita Bissoonauth

Rita Bissoonauth

UNESCO
Director of Addis Ababa Liaison Office to AU & UNECA and Representative to Ethiopia
 
 
 
A holder of a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Lyon, France, she brings on board over 20 years a wealth of experience from national and international missions. Rita Bissoonauth has previously worked with the African Union. She was a Head of Mission at African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA).

Schadrack Dusabe

Schadrack Dusabe

UN Women
Representative a.i
 
 
 
With 20 years of experience mostly in the UN System, Mr. Schadrack worked with UNDP until 2015, when he joined UN Women Rwanda Office as Head of Programs. He was also briefly seconded to the UNRCO in Rwanda as a Coordination Specialist. He obtained his MA in Development Studies from The Hague based International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from National University of Rwanda.

UNCDF Seifu Teshome

Seifu Teshome

UNCDF
Country Coordinator (a.i.)
 
 
 
Seifu has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) development. Prior to joining UNCDF, he worked for a development consulting firm and the National Bank of Ethiopia. Seifu holds a master’s degree in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Addis Ababa University.
Ms. Suzanne Mandong

Suzanne Mandong

UNFPA
Representative a.i.
 
 
Ms. Suzanne Mandong was posted as UNFPA Ethiopia Representative a.i. in September 2022. She has over 35 years of experience in the diplomatic, development and humanitarian fields. Ms Mandong served as UNFPA Representative in Burundi and Officer-In-Charge in Eritrea and Uganda. Prior to joining UNFPA in 1992, Ms. Mandong served in Cameroon's Foreign Service and in the diplomatic missions in Moscow and New York. A national of Cameroon she holds a Diploma in International Relations and a master’s degree in Social Sciences.
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Turhan Saleh

UNDP
Resident Representative
 
 
Mr. Turhan Saleh has worked with the UN since 1989. Mr. Saleh has worked for UNICEF in Ghana and Eritrea before joining UNDP in 1997. He has served UNDP in different senior positions at country office and Headquarters levels including as Resident Representative and Strategic Plan Coordinator at Executive Office of the UNDP Administrator. Mr. Turhan Saleh has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton.
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Worknesh Mekonnen

UNOPS
Director, Operational Hub for Ethiopia, Sudan & Djibouti and Representative to the AU
 
 
Worknesh joined UNOPS with over 20 years of work experience in the development sector. She served as Deputy National Director for World Vision Ethiopia, overseeing the operations of over USD 100 million annual funding portfolio. With ActionAid she supported 11 East and Southern Africa country operations as Regional Programme Coordinator. Worknesh has an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a Post Graduate Diploma in Total Quality Management, NESET, India.