Our Team in Ethiopia

Catherine Sozi

Dr. Catherine Sozi

Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
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

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 (resident), Togo and Benin. Prior to this, she served as IOM Chief of Mission in Burkina Faso, Zambia and Niger. Previously, she also served in various capacities at the IOM Regional Office in Dakar (Senegal) and IOM Headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). 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 (Switzerland). She speaks French, English and Italian.
Aklile Mitiku Habtemariam

Aklile Habtemariam

Country Manager for Ethiopia
Mr. Aklile Mitiku Habtemariam is a 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 has 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 degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University, and diploma of advanced studies in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva.
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Alexio Musindo

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 of 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.

Amos Makarau

Amos Makarau

Director of Regional Office for Africa
Amos Makarau joined WMO on 9 February 2019 as the WMO Regional Director for Africa. He is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is originally from Zimbabwe. He has a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota, USA. He also obtained a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. He was formerly the Director of the Meteorological Service Department and the Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe with WMO until 2018. He had also been the Vice-President of WMO Regional Association I (Africa) from 2007 before becoming the President of RA-I from 2015 to 2018.
Anne-Rachel Inné

Anne-Rachel Inné

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 years 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

Representative and Director of the Regional Office
Aurelia Patrizia Calabrò, an Italian national, holds a University Degree in International Economy, and a Master Degree in Theory and Policy for Economic Dev’t. She speaks 6 languages (i.e., Italian, French, English, Spanish, German and Russian). She started her career UNIDO in May 1989 at the Agro-Industries Dev’t Department and during over 30 years of service, she has specialized in agro-value chains development
Dr. Boureima Hama Sambo

Dr. Boureima Hama Sambo

Representative to Ethiopia
Dr. Sambo, a Medical Doctor with a Certification in Diabetology, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USA. He has held various Academic positions, Assistant Professor with the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma, USA for three years; Associate Professor of Diabetology and Epidemiology at the College of Medicine, University of Florida at Gainesville, USA for over three years. Prior to his current appointment, Dr Sambo was the Director of Climate and Other Determinants of Health at WHO – HQ in Geneva; before he was WHO Representative to Rwanda; and before as WHO Representative to Gabon. Before joining WHO Dr. sambo was the Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Niger.

Dr. Mamadou Dian Balde

Dr. 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; livelihoods and economic inclusion; social protection; food security; and durable solutions. Hailing from Guinea, Dr. Balde obtained his PhD in international law at the Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium.
Gianfranco Rotigliano

Gianfranco Rotigliano

Country Representative a.i.
Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano has been working for UNICEF since 1995 where he served in many countries including as Representative in Albania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Mali and in Indonesia where he managed the response to the earthquake and tsunami. Dr. Rotigliano served as the Regional Director for West and Central Africa for UNICEF.
Haregewoin Bekele

Haregewoin Bekele

Country Programme Manager (a.i)
With a background in architecture and urban planning, Haregewoin worked on 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

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 Masters 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.

Margaret Oduk

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

Coordination Officer and Head, UNDRR AU Liaison Office
Before taking this position in July 2017, he 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 Served positions of Management and leadership in Government of Zimbabwe; Eswatini Water and Agriculture Development Enterprise; Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (Ecorys UK); Qualifresh Zimbabwe, Technoserve (Zimbabwe); and Lead Global Technical Specialist - water and rural infrastructure in IFAD. Led investment programme development in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, before moving to his current role.

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

Head of Office
Mr. 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.
Neil J. Walsh

Neil J. Walsh

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.
Ms. Suzanne Mandong

Suzanne Mandong

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

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 in Public Affairs from Princeton.
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Worknesh Mekonnen

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, oversighting the operations of over USD 100 mln 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.