Our Team in Zimbabwe
RCO Team Leader
Mr. Tenu Avafia has 20 years of experience on inclusive development, public health, human rights and trade related matters. He joined as the Head of RCO in June 2020 from UNDP’s Heath team in NYC where he served as the head of the human rights, key populations and treatment access portfolio.
Mr Abdoulaye Barry took office as UNHCR Representative a.i. in Zimbabwe in January 2020. He has worked with UNHCR in more than 12 countries for over 26 years before joining the operation in Zimbabwe. Mr Barry is a champion for the self-reliance of refugees and their inclusion in national development programmes.
Addisu Kebede Mekonnen
Mr. Addisu Kebede Mekonnen has been UN Security Adviser in Zimbabwe since November 2019. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Mekonnen served as the Security Adviser for the United Nations in Uzbekistan. He has been with the UN security and safety since 1996, serving across the world.
Alex Gasasira Ntale
Dr Alex Gasasira has been WHO Representative to Zimbabwe since August 2018. Prior to his current position, Dr. Gasasira served as WHO Representative to Liberia. Dr Gasasira joined WHO in 1998 and served in various capacities such as Control of Communicable Diseases, Integrated Disease Surveillance, Health System Strengthening, preparedness and response to public health emergencies.
Ms. Chali Tumelo has been ITU Representative for Southern Africa since August 2012 covering 12 Southern Africa countries – Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Previously, Ms. Tumelo served as Project Manager for study and design of remote wireless communications solutions, REMOTEL, Zambia.
Ms. Delphine Serumaga is the current UN Women Representative to Zimbabwe. Her geographic career mapping includes Canada, Uganda, South Africa and South Sudan. Prior to her current posting, Ms. Serumaga, for over 25 years worked on women’s rights issues at several regional and international platforms such as the African Commission for People and Human Rights (ACPHR), the African Union, the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW).
Mr. Djibrilla Mazin has been the Country Manager of UNOPS in Zimbabwe since October 2019. He has held prior positions as Head of Programme and Partnerships in UNOPS Myanmar, Head of Office with UNOPS for the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean. He has also worked as Programme Manager with UNOPS in Belize and Haiti. He has extensive experience with UNOPS and previously with the private sector in Infrastructure project development and management.
Dr. Esther Muia has been UNFPA Representative in Zimbabwe since 2017. Prior to Zimbabwe, she served as UNFPA Representative to South Africa, Lao PDR, as Deputy Representative in Tanzania, and Regional Adviser for East and Central Africa. Prior to joining UNFPA, Dr. Muia was with the School of Medicine faculty at the University of Nairobi, and worked as Programme Associate at the Population Council, Regional Office for ESA.
Country Director and Representative
Ms Francesca Erdelmann took office as WFP Representative and Country Director in Zimbabwe in August 2020. Before joining WFP Zimbabwe, Ms Erdelmann worked for WFP in Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique, Yemen and Cambodia where she has held HQ, regional and country specific positions. Ms. Erdelmann has masters in human nutrition and food sciences from Wageningen University. She joined the UN in 1997 with the FAO in India after which she moved to WFP in 1999.
Georges Van Montfort
Mr. Georges van Montfort has been UNDP Resident Representative since April 2019, after serving as UNDP Country Director in Zimbabwe since June 2017. Mr. Montfort is a dedicated development professional with over 10 years working experience in and for Africa. Prior to joining UNDP Zimbabwe, he was the Regional Advisor and Cluster Leader overseeing the work of 17 UNDP countries in East and Southern Africa. He also served as UNDP Lesotho’s Deputy Resident Representative.
Ms Gladys Mutyavaviri has been the UPU Regional Project Co-ordinator for Southern and Eastern Africa since 2009. She joined the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in January 2006 as the Regional Adviser for English-speaking African countries, based at the UPU Regional Office in Harare. She was the first woman to be appointed in this position in Africa.
Ms Hopolang Phororo is the first female Director for the ILO Zimbabwe and Namibia Country Office since February 2015. Ms. Phororo joined the ILO in 2003. Prior to that, she worked in Lesotho as a Marketing Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Marketing; as a Researcher at ISAS (National University of Lesotho); as a National Programme Officer at UNDP, and as a Researcher at the Namibia Economic Policy Research Unit.
Prof. Hubert Gijzen, currently UNESCO Regional Director and Representative for Southern Africa, has a career of over 37 years in both academics and in international cooperation. He has lived and worked in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe as full Professor and Chair in Universities, as a diplomat, Team Leader, and Regional Representative.
Jocelyn Borwn Hall
Ms. Jocelyn Brown Hall is currently serving as the Deputy Regional Representative for the Regional Office for Africa of FAO. Ms. Brown Hall oversees the 47 FAO country offices in Africa and guides their strategy and communications around food security, agriculture, climate change, agrifood trade, animal and plant health, among other topics. She leads partnership and resource mobilization for the entire Africa region.
Ms. Moshiri took office as UNICEF Representative to Zimbabwe in 2019. Ms. Moshiri’s career with UNICEF spans over 25 years. Prior to her appointment in Zimbabwe, she served as UNICEF Representative to Senegal, Tadjikistan and Armenia as well as senior emergency roles in Algeria and Afghanistan. Ms Moshiri has a background in public health and is trained in epidemiology, and behavioural sciences and health education.
Mario Lito Malanca
Chief of Mission
Mr. Mario Lito Malanca has been IOM Chief of Mission to Zimbabwe since January 2019. He has over 20 years of professional experience with IOM. Prior to his appointment to Zimbabwe, Mr. Malanca was Senior Emergency Advisor in Department of operations and Emergency at IOM Headquarter in Geneva.
Ms. Kariuki is the current World Bank Country Manager in Zimbabwe. Ms. Kariuki has more than 30 years’ experience spanning development planning, local government and decentralization, infrastructure development, water supply and sanitation, climate change and disaster risk management.
Patrick Amir Imam
Mr. Patrick Amir Imam is currently the representative of the IMF in Zimbabwe. Mr Imam has been with the IMF since 2005. Since joining the Fund, he has worked on IMF programs, carried out technical assistance, and done surveillance work in the Middle East and Central Asia department, the African Department, the IMF Institute and most recently in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.
Sophia Mukasa Monico
Sophia took office as UNAIDS Country Director for Zimbabwe in September 2020. She is a lawyer by profession and a public health practitioner by career and training. She brings with her 25 years of experience working in senior level management and programmatic/technical positions in HIV. Her engagement in the AIDS response started back in 1995 in her home country of Uganda as the CEO of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO). She has since worked with various International NGOS, Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the United States President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Mr. Tichaona E. Mushayandebvu has been the Country Representative of UNIDO to Zimbabwe since 2018. His working career spans over 29 years with Government of Zimbabwe from 1991 to 1996, with USAID Zimbabwe from 1996 to 2005 and with UNIDO since 2006.