Author
Michael Dunford
WFP
UN Resident Coordinator a.i. & WFP Country Representative
Michael Dunford has worked for WFP for the last 18 years. He brings a wide range of expertise in the fields of emergency response and development with particular focus on food and nutrition security. Mr. Dunford comes with a broad legal background from both the private sector and within the United Nations, including the issues of protection, statelessness and constitutional matters. Before becoming the WFP Representative in Tanzania, Mr. Dunford was the Representative ai and Deputy Country Director (DCD) for WFP in Uganda for 4 years. He was the DCD for WFP in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2012 and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 2006-2008. Mr Dunford began his WFP career in 2001 with WFP’s Legal Department in Rome as the Head of Commercial and Constitutional Law Branch after practicing law in Australia and the UK. He has also had assignments to Ukraine, Georgia and Ingushetia.
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Author
Chansa Kapaya
UNHCR
Representative
Ms. Chansa Kapaya joined UNHCR in May 1988 in Malawi. She has held various positions within UNHCR in different countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva. More recently, she was assigned to Tanzania as UNHCR Deputy Representative after which she was appointed UNHCR Representative to Accra Ghana, before being re-assigned back to Tanzania as UNHCR Representative. Ms. Kapaya is from Zambia. She worked at the University of Zambia in the African Development Studies Department and also as a Programme Support Officer with Save the Children Federation/USA prior to joining UNHCR. Ms. Kapaya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Sociology and African Development Studies from the University of Zambia.
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Author
Christine Musisi
UNDP
Resident Representative
A Ugandan national, Ms. Musisi has more than 23 years of leadership and experience in the development arena. She has worked in a wide variety of context and led innovative initiatives in Local Economic Development, Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Social Mobilization, Civil Society Empowerment, Gender and Development; Business and Private Sector Engagement and Development Financing. She has served for UN Habitat, UN Women and UNDP in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in various capacities. Musisi Holds MA Degree in Gender Analysis in Development from University of East Anglia, UK; Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Extension and Women from University of Reading, UK and a BA Business Administration Management from Daystar University College in Kenya.
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Author
Dr. Qasim Sufi
IOM
Chief of Mission
Prior to being the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Tanzania Chief of Mission, Dr. Qasim Sufi served in various capacities with several IOM missions globally: from 2004 to 2009 Dr. Sufi was the Health Coordinator in Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia and Sir Lanka and Regional Health Coordinator for West and Central Africa region, based in Ghana. Between 2010 and 2015 he was the IOM Chief of Mission in Chad. Prior to joining IOM, Dr Sufi served as Health Coordinator with Comitato Collaborazione Medica (CCM), a Non-Governmental Organisation from Italy (Torino) and Health Officer in the WHO Tuberculosis Control Centre in Borama, Somaliland from 1996 to 2003.
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Author
Fred Kafeero
FAO
Representative
Fred Kafeero, a national of Uganda, holds a B.Sc. in Geography, Botany, Zoology, and a M.Sc. in Environment and Natural Resources from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He started his career in 1986 as Entomologist/Ranch Manager for Ziwa Ranchers Limited, Kampala, Uganda. In 1991, he founded and became Programme Coordinator of the NGO Environmental Alert, Kampala, Uganda, and from 2002 to 2008, was Executive Director. He joined FAO in 2005 as Coach of the National Forest Programme Facility based in Uganda, backstopping Kenya and Zambia. From May 2008, he moved to FAO HQ, Forestry Department in Rome, working as a consultant on National Forest Programmes and later as a Forestry Officer in the Forestry Policy and Resources Division (FOA), Rome.
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Author
Hodan Addou
UN Women
Representative
Hodan Addou is the UN Women Representative to Tanzania since April 2018. She has over 25 years of experience in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Prior to Tanzania, she served as the Country Representative in Uganda, Zimbabwe and in Sudan. She also held senior policy advisor, country and regional program coordination positions in East, Central and Southern Africa as well as at Headquarters in New York.
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Author
Jacqueline Mahon
UNFPA
Representative
Jacqueline Mahon is UNFPA’s Country Representative, United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to this, Jacqueline was based in UNFPA’s Headquarters, New York, where she served as Senior Policy Adviser in the Organization’s Technical Division, heading strategic policy engagement in global health and health systems. She has worked with other organizations, including the Aga Khan Foundation; Overseas Development Institute (ODI Fellow); Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; the University of Witwatersrand and the World Bank Group. Jacqueline has substantial experience in policy engagement, programme management and operations, having worked at both global and country level (East and Southern Africa and South Asia).
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Author
Leopold Achengui Zekeng
UNAIDS
Country Director and Representative
Dr. Zekeng brings 33 years of experience in Global Health Diplomacy, AIDS response and development at various level and capacities – Service Provider, Researcher, Strategist, Advocate, Activist, Programme Implementer, Programme Manager and Coordinator, Policy Maker both in his native Cameroon and in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He joined UNAIDS in 2005 and served as Deputy Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for West & Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal (2012-2017), UNAIDS Country Director in Ghana (2007-2012), Sierra Leone and Liberia (2005-2007) and the United Republic of Tanzania (2017 to present).
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Author
Peter Malika
UNCDF
Head of UNCDF
Over 15 years of substantive leadership experience in international development and trade, fortune 500 corporate centered experience and management consulting in USA; management of global and regional operations; expertise in impact investing, financing for development and solutions. Peter has served the United Nations in different capacities at national, regional and global levels and has led cross-cutting development initiatives and innovations in local economic development, climate resilience, clean energy, food security, women economic empowerment, private sector and capital markets development, knowledge management and partnerships across Africa and Asia.
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Author
Shalini Bahuguna
UNICEF
Representative
Shalini Bahuguna joined in December 2019 as the UNICEF Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Bahuguna was the UNICEF Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, a role she held from August 2016. She joined UNICEF as Chief, Social Policy in Nigeria in 2009 and has also served as UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Myanmar.

Ms. Bahuguna is a development professional with experience across Asia and Africa in varying country contexts. She began her career with a Water and Sanitation NGO in India and moved on to work for the Government of India – World Bank water sector reform programme. She has extensive experience as an aid manager and social development professional with the Department for International Development (DFID) in India, China, Indonesia and Afghanistan.
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Author
Stephen Bainous Kargbo
UNIDO
Representative
Mr. Kargbo is the UNIDO representative to Tanzania, Mauritius and the Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC). He has national and international work experience of over 30 years in teaching/research, organizational change and development work. He has held various positions in NGOs, academia and the UN system (UNDP and UNIDO). Before his current position, he worked in the UNIDO Regional Office in Ethiopia, overseeing operations in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as activities related to the African Union Commission. Mr. Kargbo holds a B.Sc.in Agricultural Education from the University of Sierra Leone, M.Sc.in Rural Development and PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany.
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Author
Tigest Ketsela Mengestu
WHO
Representative
Dr. Tigest is a paediatrician from Ethiopia with more than 30 years of national and international experience in the field of medicine and public health. She previously served as the WHO Country Representative for the Kingdom of Eswatini. Dr. Tigest spent a decade in the WHO Regional Office for Africa as the Director of the Family and Reproductive Health and the Health Promotion clusters. Prior to joining WHO in 2001, she worked at the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia for more than a decade as a senior expert in child health. In addition to a Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Specialty Degree in Paediatrics and Child Health from Addis Ababa University, she holds a Masters of Public Health Degree, with a focus on international health, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is a recipient of a Gold Medal Award from the Ethiopian Medical Association for best health research.
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Author
Tirso Dos Santos
UNESCO
Head of Office and Representative
Tirso Dos Santos, a national of Mozambique, is the Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Tanzania. Mr. Dos Santos joined UNESCO in February 1992, having served in both programme and managerial positions. Before that, Mr. Dos Santos was National Director for Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education of his home country - Mozambique. Mr. Dos Santos pursued university studies in various countries and universities, having acquired a BA degree in Geography (University Eduardo Mondlane – UEM); a Master of Science degree in Project Management, with specialization in Oil and Gas (University of Liverpool, UK); and a Doctorate in Education (Ed. Doc, Belize).
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Author
Wellington Chibebe
ILO
Director, ILO East Africa
Mr. Chibebe currently holds the position of Director; ILO Country Office for Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi in East Africa. He previously held positions of founding President of the Union of Railway Craftsmen, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Chairman of Zimbabwe Crisis Coalition, Steering Committee Member of Global Partnership for Effective Development Corporation and Deputy Secretary-General of International Trade Union Confederation.
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