Our Team in Tanzania

Zlatan Milisic Profile

Zlatan Milisic

Resident Coordinator
Mr. Milišić brings 30 years of experience in humanitarian and development work, working with the United Nations in Central Asia, North, West and East Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Before assuming his current position as UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, he served as a WFP Representative and Country Director in Afghanistan. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of WFP’s Programme and Policy Division in Rome, Italy. He has also held management positions with the United Nations in Mali, Libya, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Burundi, South Sudan and Rwanda. Prior to his career with the United Nations, he was a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Milišić holds a Bachelor degree in Laws from the University of Sarajevo and a Master of Arts degree in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford.
Tipo Tito Nyabenyi

Dr. Nyabenyi Tipo

FAO
Representative
Dr. Nyabenyi Tipo has over 30 years’ experience in development work, she holds a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics from Nairobi University and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Khartoum University, she took up the position of FAO Country Representative in Sierra Leone in 2016 where she supported government counterparts in their efforts to improve food and nutrition security for Sierra Leone to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

Prior to her work with FAO, Tipo was the Country Director for African Development Solutions where she designed and implemented a multi-million recovery programme for South Sudan returned population. And in 2007 – 2011, she worked as a technical advisor for Veterinaries Sans Frontiers Belgium where she supported the South Sudan government to formulate national livestock policies, disease control strategies, and instituting transboundary disease control protocols with the neighboring countries.
Caroline Khamati Mugalla

Caroline Khamati Mugalla

ILO
Country Director
Caroline Mugalla, a highly accomplished professional, is the newly appointed Resident Director for the East African region at the International Labour Organization (ILO), commencing her role on January 1, 2024. A Kenyan citizen born in 1981, Ms Mugalla holds a Master's in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management from Kenya Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology Major and Chemistry Minor from the University of Eastern Africa Baraton.

With a career spanning nearly two decades, Ms Mugalla has demonstrated her exceptional leadership capabilities. She began her journey in 2005 at Kenya's Central Organisation of Trade Unions, evolving through various roles, including gender and training, social dialogue, and good governance. Notably, from 2013 to her recent appointment, she served as the Executive Director of the East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC), making history as the first female to lead a sub-regional trade union organization in Africa.

During her tenure, she championed social dialogue in the East African Community, played a pivotal role in political policy advocacy, and successfully mobilized resources for the organization's vision and mission. Ms Mugalla is recognized globally, having been featured in the Netherlands in the FNV Magazine 2020 as a top Woman Trade Unionist Leader worldwide and acknowledged for her leadership by various prestigious awards such as the 2015 CFC Bank Rising Star Awards.

Currently, she contributes her expertise as a member of the World Economic Forum Joint Trade and Labour Steering Group and serves as an Evaluator for the Prince Talal International Prize by the Arab Gulf Program for Development. Ms Mugalla's wealth of experience and achievements position her as a dynamic leader in the field of labor relations and policy advocacy.
Martin Odiit

Martin Odit

UNAIDS
Country director
Martin Odiit has more than 30 years’ international and national experience in the field of health and development in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Caribbean. Before his assignment to Tanzania, he served in the positions of UNAIDS Senior Strategic Information Adviser and Country Director ad interim in Zimbabwe. He has also served as UNAIDS Country Director in Somalia and in Guyana and Suriname and before that as UNAIDS Strategic Information Advisor in Namibia. He has held various Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist positions in the UNAIDS Uganda office, the Uganda HIV/AIDS Control Project funded by the World Bank, and the USAID-funded Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care in Kampala. Martin holds a Medical Doctor's degree from Makerere University Kampala, a Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh. Martin is married and is an Uganda national.
Maurizio Busatti

Maurizio Busatti

IOM
Head of Mission
Mr. Busatti is a national of Italy and has over three-decade long experience working on refugees and international migration issues, within government, non-government, the UN and the private sector. He joined IOM in 1996 to work on the demobilization in Angola and since then held several positions both at Headquarters and in field missions of IOM. He was regional program coordinator in Nairobi (1997- 2000), then served as COM in Albania (2000-2006) and Turkey (2006 -2010). He was appointed head of the Special Liaison Mission to France (2010-2012), before becoming COM in Nepal (2012 -2016) where, among other things, he led the IOM response to the 2015 earthquake. Starting in 2016, at IOM Headquarters his main responsibility has been to oversee the policy and procedural aspects connected to IOM formal entry in the UN system. In this role he helped spearhead the IOM’s integration within the UN and its alignment to the 2030 Agenda. Mr. Busatti is an expert in disaster management and recovery, irregular migration, labor and human development and migration policy support. He holds a MSc. in Political Science and a post graduate diploma in international relations from the University of Florence (Italy) and a Master in Defense Administration (MDA) from Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science (United Kingdom).
Peter Malika Profile

Peter Malika

UNCDF
Head of Office
Over 15 years of substantive leadership experience in international development and trade, fortune 500 corporate-centred 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.
Shigeki Komatsubara

Shigeki Komatsubara

UNDP
Representative
With over two decades in international development, Mr. Komatsubara has served UNDP since 2002. Most recently, he was the Resident Representative in Malawi and TICAD Programme Adviser at UNDP Head Quarters, New York. In Ghana, he excelled as Deputy Resident Representative, achieving the highest program delivery for UNDP. He has also served as Country Programme Adviser at UNDP HQ, focusing on Southern African countries and Human Security program formulation. Before UNDP, he held pivotal roles at Keidanren, Tokyo (1992-2002). A Japanese national, he holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in International Relations from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Michel Toto

Michel Toto

UNESCO
Officer in Charge
Mr Michel Toto, a seasoned diplomat, brings over twenty years of international experience in multilateral cooperation. He joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999, where he has held various positions, including Deputy Liaison Officer, Liaison Officer, and Chief of the Section for Cooperation with Member States in the Africa Department of UNESCO, serving in these roles until 2011. Prior to his current appointment, Mr Toto served as Chief of Protocol of the Organization and Introducer of Ambassadors to the Director-General from 2011 to 2022, providing regular support to the 194 permanent delegations accredited to UNESCO, Paris. Since June 2022, he has been serving as the Head of Office and Country Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania at the UNESCO Dar es Salaam Office.
Mark Bryan Schreiner

Mark Bryan Schreiner

UNFPA
Representative
Mark Bryan Schreiner is UNFPA’s Country Representative, United Republic of Tanzania since 2022. Mark previously served as the UNFPA Representative in Rwanda from 2017- 2021.

For the past two decades, Mark has served the United Nations as a distinguished leader and advocate for women and young people's health and development.

He has held management positions with UNFPA in the Pacific Sub-Regional Office in Fiji Islands, Pakistan, Eritrea, South Africa, Nigeria and Africa Division of UNFPA Headquarters in New York. Mark also worked with UNEP in Kenya and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Thailand.

Mark is married and a national of Canada.
Mahoua Parums

Mahoua Parums

UNHCR
Representative
Ms. Mahoua Parums took up her role as UNHCR Representative in Tanzania on 15 November 2021. A national of Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Parums joins the One UN Tanzania family from Uganda, where she served as the UNHCR Deputy Representative from 2018 - 2021. For almost three decades, she has served the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as an ardent advocate for refugees and asylum seekers.

Joining UNHCR in 1993, her assignments have taken her to Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda to assist people forced to flee their homelands. She has also worked at UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for West Africa in Senegal and several senior positions at Headquarters, including the Inspector General and Ethics Offices. A holder of a Master’s of Law Degree, Ms. Parums worked in various law firms in Abidjan before joining UNHCR.
Lorence Marielle Ansermet

Lorence Marielle Ansermet

UNIDO
Officer in Charge
As part of an international career in development cooperation, Ms. Lorence Ansermet joined UNIDO in 2006. She is currently developing and managing technical cooperation projects and programmes to build livelihoods and resilience in rural areas. From an entrepreneurship and innovation perspective, she focuses on creating sustainable value chains based on a circular economy model, limiting pollution, adding value to waste and creating renewable energy and income.

Ms. Ansermet is a field person and was UNIDO Representative in Madagascar from 2011 to 2016, also covering Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros. In Madagascar, she developed the UNIDO portfolio on renewable energy, creative industries and sustainable sugar value chain. From 2006 to 2010, she opened the UNIDO regional office in South Africa with a director and developed a program on energy efficiency.

From 1999 to 2006, she worked for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland, where she implemented trade development projects in West Africa, Vietnam, China and South Africa. Ms. Ansermet has also worked in war zones with the International Committee of the Red Cross. She was active during the conflicts in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia. She is an economist by training from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. She is motivated to create, innovate and implement positive changes for the people and the planet.
Ms. Elke Wisch

Ms. Elke Wisch

UNICEF
Representative
Elke Wisch has been the UNICEF Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, based in Dar es Salaam, since August 2023. With 27 years of dedicated service, she brings extensive experience in leading UNICEF's efforts, focusing on the rights of children and families in developmental, transitional, and emergency contexts. Ms. Wisch has previously served in various countries, including Rwanda, Liberia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Uganda.

Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Wisch worked in conflict resolution organizations and academic institutions in Germany and the United States. She is a German national with a Master of Arts in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Munich and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Hodan Addou Profile

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.
Sarah Gordon-Gibson Profile

Sarah Gordon-Gibson

WFP
Representative
Sarah Gordon-Gibson has been working for the World Food Programme for over 20 years. She took up her duties as Representative in Tanzania in September 2020. She also served as a Representative in Jordan and Lao PDR. Prior to these assignments, she was the Regional Programme Manager for the Syria Crisis Response, covering Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Before her position in the Middle East, she served as Deputy Country Director in Niger, Myanmar and Tanzania. Her previous positions have been in Mauritania, Armenia, and Morocco. She holds a master’s in law from the University of London, and a University Degree in Law from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Dr. Sagoe Moses Charles

Dr. Sagoe Moses Charles

WHO
Representative
He is a Medical Doctor from Ghana with over 37 years’ experience in clinical medicine and public health. He joined the World Health Organization in 2002 and has served as the WHO Representative in a number of African countries, including Eritrea, The Gambia and Namibia.

He is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and an Infectious Disease Fellow of University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA . He has MSc from University of Maastrich, The Netherlands and master’s in public health (MPH) from the University of Leeds, UK. He had his initial medical education (MB ChB) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

He began his duty of service in Tanzania on 7th June 2023. He previously held other senior leadership positions in the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO).
Shabnam Mallick

Shabnam Mallick

RCO
Head of Resident Coordinator’s Office
Prior to assuming her position in Tanzania, Ms. Mallick was the Country Manager in The Gambia for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). She was also the COVID-19 Outbreak Coordinator for the UN System in The Gambia. Ms. Mallick has over 18 years of international development experience, of which more than 12 years in conflict/post-conflict countries, and has extensively held leadership roles managing country offices and programmes across low-income and middle-income countries, small island developing states and transition countries. She was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme and Operations) in Guyana, Bhutan and North Korea/DPRK.

Ms. Mallick has worked in a variety of different countries including Afghanistan, Darfur/Sudan (where she was also the acting Head of Office), the Solomon Islands (as Officer in Charge and MDG Manager) in the South Pacific, and Sri Lanka. Ms. Mallick has also worked in Washington DC at the World Bank (Agriculture and Rural Development department), for USAID’s Bureau of Economic Growth and Trade/Office of Women in Development; and at the Brookings Institution – Foreign Policy department.