Our Team in Zimbabwe

Edward Kallon

Edward Kallon

Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
Mr. Kallon has devoted more than 30 years of his career to public service, working – both at the United Nations and externally – in complex emergency, transition and development context in conflict and non-conflict settings across lower- and middle-income countries. At the United Nations, he most recently served as the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, following an assignment as Resident Coordinator in Jordan. He also held senior positions with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Somalia, and Uganda after starting his United Nations career as a United Nations Volunteer assigned to WFP in Afghanistan.
 Clement Mhlanga

Clement Mhlanga

Officer In Charge
Mr. Clement Mhlanga is the Officer In Charge for UNOPS Zimbabwe. Clement is a Zimbabwean citizen with over 30 years of working experience with Humanitarian and Development organizations including the UN and Government institutions. Mr. Mhlanga has been with UNOPS Zimbabwe since February 2019 in the capacity of Partnerships Liaison Officer. Prior to joining UNOPS, Clement worked for Save the Children International (SCI) as Director of Program Operations from 2013-2018. From 2005-2013, he worked as Senior Programmes Manager at Oxfam Great Britain in Zimbabwe. Mr. Mhlanga has also served the University of the Free State in South Africa as the Coordinator of Short Courses in Disaster Management, Emergencies Coordinator at Save the Children UK in Mozambique and Plan International as a Programmes Coordinator. Mr. Mhlanga holds a Masters Degree in Disaster Management.
FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa

Dr Patrice Talla Takoukam

FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa (SFS-SRC), and FAO Representative in Eswatini, Lesotho and Zimbabwe
Dr Patrice Talla Takoukam, a national of Cameroon, has been the FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, as well as FAO Representative in Eswatini, Lesotho and Zimbabwe since September 2020. Prior to that, Dr Talla was FAO Representative in Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, under the multiple accreditation scheme.
Dr Talla joined FAO headquarters in 2001 as Legal Officer in the Law and Development Service of the Legal Office. In 2004, he transferred to the World Bank in Washington DC, United States, as Legal Officer/Counsel in the Environment and International Law Unit, Legal Department. He returned to FAO headquarters in 2010, where he served as Legal Officer in the Development Law Service, Legal Office. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Environmental Law and Public Law from the University of Limoges in France.
Dr. Ayo Odusola

Dr. Ayodele Odusola

UNDP Resident Representative
Dr Ayodele Odusola took office as UNDP Resident Representative for Zimbabwe in September 2023. Dr. Odusola joined the UN Country Team in Zimbabwe after serving as UNDP Resident Representative for South Africa from June 2019 to August 2023. For almost 30 years, Dr. Odusola has held key leadership roles within the United Nations, spearheading initiatives that include addressing joblessness, poverty, and inequality. His work has impacted sectors including youth entrepreneurship, access to renewable energy, and green value chains across Africa. He is the author of more than 100 publications in books, journals, policy briefs, and technical reports, including Africa's Agricultural Renaissance: From Paradox to Powerhouse, (Palgrave Macmillan2021). He holds a PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale

Dr. Oyewale has worked with UNICEF for 19 years. He started his career working as a Medical Doctor in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2002 he joined UNICEF working as the HIV/AIDS and Adolescent Participation Specialist for UNICEF Nigeria based in Abuja.
Prior to his new assignment in Zimbabwe, he was the UNICEF Deputy Representative in Pakistan with a responsibility for the formulation, management and oversight of UNICEF’s programmes, humanitarian action, and partnerships with the Government, development partners and the private sector. Prior to that he was the UNICEF Representative (a.i) and Deputy Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo leading complex humanitarian and development programmes, including health epidemics like Ebola, Polio and cholera. Dr Oyewale has also undertaken postings to Bangladesh and Indonesia as well as high level programme and management roles in the UNICEF Executive Office in New York Headquarters.
Dr. Oyewale holds Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (Dlitt. Et Phil.) in Health and a Master of Public Health both from the University of South Africa and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Eneida Fernandes

Eneida Fernandes

World Bank
Country Manager
Ms. Eneida Fernandes, a Brazilian national, took office as World Bank Country Manager in the Republic of Zimbabwe in October 2023. Ms. Fernandes was previously the Resident Representative of Cabo Verde, where she played a pivotal role at the height of the COVID pandemic; and a Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Africa Region, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Unit, at the Headquarters in Washington D.C. and in Antananarivo, Madagascar. With more than 20 years experience in the development practice spanning operational and management space, Ms. Fernandes worked in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa, in close collaboration with IFC and MIGA and other development agencies, for both low- and middle-income countries, and Fragile and Conflict-affected States. She has authored or co-authored various publications and has had numerous speaking engagements at local and global events.

Ms. Fernandes has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Hotel Management); and Master's degrees in Business Administration from Les Roches Hotel Management School in Switzerland; and Tourism Administration from George Washington University, United States of America.
Fatou Aminata Lo

Fatou Aminata Lo

UN Women
UN Women Representative
Ms. Fatou Aminata Lo started her career in the private sector in Senegal in 1999 before joining the UN Millennium Project in New York in 2003 and later moving to the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy. In 2006, she joined UNIFEM in New York and worked successively as programme specialist and policy specialist in the Governance team. Since 2013, she has served as UN Women Deputy Representative in Sudan, Deputy Representative in Rwanda and Country Representative in Rwanda.

She holds a Masters Degrees in Law from University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, a Masters in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.
Ms Lo was an official youth delegate and spokesperson at the Fourth World Conference on Women in China (the Beijing Conference) in 1995. She was awarded the Ford Foundation Leadership for Social Justice award in 2003 and was portrayed as one of the Faces of the Future by the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington in 2005. An avid reader and writer, she has authored and contributed to published work, including the "Investing in Development Report" in 2005 also known as the UN Millennium Development Goals Report.
Francesca Erdelmann

Francesca Erdelmann

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.
Mario Lito Malanca

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.
Miranda Tabifor

Miranda Tabifor

UNFPA Representative
Ms. Miranda Tabifor, a national of Cameroon, currently serves as the UNFPA Representative in Zimbabwe starting from 1 July 2023. With over 20 years of experience in technical, programmatic, and managerial leadership within the United Nations across diverse cultural and political contexts in Africa. Prior to her current role, she held various positions in UNFPA, including Deputy Representative in Madagascar, covering Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, and Deputy Representative in Uganda.
Ms Tabifor holds a Master of Art Degree in International Relations from the University of Nairobi; a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology/Pedagogy; Maitrise in Linguistics and Bachelor's Degree in Modern English Letters (ARTS) respectively from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon.


Regional Director and UNESCO Representative
Nisha, national of India, brings over 35 years of experience to her current role as the Regional Director and UNESCO Representative to Southern Africa. Her role as a Representative encompasses Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Before coming to the Southern Africa region, Nisha served as the Director of the Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States. Nisha’s experiences are focused on multi-sector development, humanitarian action, and international norms and standards. Prior to working with UNESCO, Nisha worked with the ILO, UNIFEM (antecedent of UN Women), UNDP and UN RCO, Christian Aid, and Oxfam GB in countries in East and Horn of Africa, South Asia, and the Arab States. Nisha’s foundational years of work were with civil society organizations in India.
Jean-Marie Dangou

Professor Jean-Marie Dangou

WHO Representative ad interim
Professor Jean-Marie Dangou, the WHO Representative to Zimbabwe (a.i) since February 2023, brings over 20 years of experience with the World Health Organization. Prior to this role, he served as Regional Advisor for Cancer Prevention and Control at WHO's Africa Regional Office, and as Coordinator of NCD Prevention and Management programs. With a background in medical and public health education from institutions in Senegal, Belgium, and France, he has led WHO teams in coordinating responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and health and development efforts in Zambia, Guinea, and The Gambia
Tichaona E.  Mushayandebvu

Tichaona E. Mushayandebvu

Country Representative
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.