Our Team in Seychelles

Christine N. Umutoni Resident Coordinator Mauritius Seychelles

Christine N. Umutoni

RCO
United Nations Resident Coordinator
 
Christine N. Umutoni's responsibilities as UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritius and Seychelles include coordination of all work for resident and non-resident agencies with programmes in Mauritius and Seychelles. Previously she served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mauritius and Seychelles before the UN Reform. Before that she served as UN RC, Humanitarian coordinator and UNDP RR in Asmara, Eritrea from 2012 to 2017. Prior to this assignment, she was the UNDP Country Director in Harare, Zimbabwe from July 2009 to 2012 effectively managing the UNDP Country Office day-to-day matters. In 2009, she served as the Country Adviser in the Regional Bureau for Africa in UNDP HQ in New York to support COs in West and Central Africa, ensuring accountability and compliance with organization requirements providing overall oversight and guidance. From 2005 to 2008, Christine was the Head of Governance, Justice, Gender & HIV Units in the UNDP Country Office in Rwanda.
Abigail Noko Regional Representative for Southern Africa

Abigail Noko

OHCHR
Regional Representative for Southern Africa
 
Abigail Noko is the Regional Representative for Southern Africa at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She has worked at the OHCHR for the past 19 years in various capacities. In her current capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the work of the regional office which covers 14 countries (Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). This includes providing technical assistance and advisory services in human rights to States, United Nations agencies, sub-regional organizations, national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations.
Amanda Serumaga  UNDP Rep

Amanda Serumaga

UNDP
Representative
 
Amanda Serumaga brings more than 22 years working experience in public policy, governance and rule of law, and poverty law. Following a career as a legal advisor and in civil society, she began her UNDP career as Chief Rule of Law and Governance Team leader in Khartoum, Sudan and served as Team Leader Governance and Rule of Law and Deputy Country Director in South Sudan, Coordinator for Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Africa Bureau in New York; and as Country Director in Kenya.
Celine LEMMEL

Celine Lemmel

IOM
Head of Office
 
Céline Lemmel joined the International Organization for Migration Office in Mauritius in July 2017 as Head of Office covering Mauritius and Seychelles. As a legal expert, specialized in human rights, access to justice and international cooperation, she is an international professional with extensive professional experience in development programming, advocacy and multidisciplinary team management. Prior to joining the IOM, her career led her to work for various international non-governmental organizations as well as for the United Nations in several countries in Central and Western Africa and in Europe, including Belgium, Burundi, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Nigeria and Uganda.
FAO Representative Charles Boliko

Charles Mbuli Boliko

FAO
Representative
 
Charles Boliko joined FAO headquarters in 1997 as Personnel Officer in the Human Resources Division and thereafter served as FAO Liaison Officer with the UN in New York, in charge of macro-economic policy questions, humanitarian assistance, and human resource management. He later served as Senior Attaché de Cabinet in the Office of the Director-General. From 2009 to 2013, he was Chief of the Recruitment and Staffing Branch in the Human Resources Division at FAO headquarters. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the FAO Liaison Office in Japan where he has significantly contributed to improving FAO’s visibility and collaboration with public, private and non-State actors. He holds a PhD in International Development from Nagoya University in Japan.
Coffi Agossou, ILO Country Director

Coffi Agossou

ILO
Country Office Director
 
Coffi Agossou is the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. Prior to this position, he was Senior Labour Statistics Specialist, at ILO Pretoria Office. He was a member of the Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. In this capacity he provides technical support to 18 countries and SADC Secretariat in labour statistics and labour market information system. Prior to joining the ILO, he was at UNDP/Regional Centre Dakar, Senegal as Youth Employment Expert for the Regional Programme for Social Cohesion and Youth Employment (YERP).
Director, Regional Department for Africa, Ms Grandcourt

Elcia Grandcourt

UNWTO
Director of the Regional Department for Africa
 
Elcia Grandcourt joined the World Tourism Organisation in 2013 as Director of the Regional Department for Africa. Elcia began her tourism career studying Hotel Management in Singapore at the Singapore Hotel Association and Education Centre (SHATEC). Thereafter, she occupied various positions in operations, reservations and sales mainly in hotels. She worked with the Seychelles national airline and destination management companies before joining the public sector as deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and thereafter Chief Executive Officer. Passionate about tourism, Elcia is honoured to be able to contribute towards sustainable tourism development in Africa.
Frank Turyatunga (UNEP)

Frank Turyatunga

UNEP
Acting Director and Regional Representative
 
Frank Turyatunga has enormous wealth of environmental programme and policy implementation experience having served as Regional Coordinator for Africa, Early Warning and Assessment Sub Programme, and previously with GRID-Arendal, a UNEP Collaborating Centre in Norway where he was in charge of its Africa Programme. Frank's first assignment at UNEP was as a Programme Officer with its Disaster Management Branch based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Before joining the United Nations, Frank worked as an environmental expert within the Government of Uganda during which he was part of a team mandated to set up the Ministry of Environment Protection and later the establishment of the National Environmental Management Authority. Frank is a Ugandan Citizen who holds an MSc in Natural Resource Management from Edinburgh University, a BSc in Forestry from Makerere University and a Diploma in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
Head of Regional Office for Southern & Eastern Africa Gemma Connell

Gemma Connell

OCHA
Head of Regional Office for Southern & Eastern Africa
 
Gemma Connell is currently the Head of the OCHA's Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa, a position where she oversees frontline surge to 25 countries. Prior to this, Gemma served as OCHA’s Deputy Head of Office in South Sudan, where she led humanitarian coordination, including during the famine response, oversaw the humanitarian pooled fund, and steered strategic advocacy. Before South Sudan, Gemma held a number of positions at OCHA Headquarters, during which time she travelled on mission to many of the world’s hotspots. In addition, Gemma worked on global strategic processes, such as the IASC’s Transformative Agenda. Prior to joining OCHA, Gemma worked with the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza. She began her career working on women’s rights and human rights with the UN and several small NGOs.
Hubert Gijzen Regional Director and Representative UNESCO

Hubert Gijzen

UNESCO
Regional Director and Representative
 
Hubert Gijzen joined the UN in 2006 as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2015, he was appointed as the Regional Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe. As per July 2021 he serves as UNESCO Regional Director for Eastern Africa in Nairobi, and as UNESCO Representative to Kenya, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia and Uganda. He is the UNESCO Representative to SADC and COMESA, serves on the UN Regional Directors Team and is member of the UN Regional Coordination Platform for Africa. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology, and has an established career of over 38 years in both academics and international cooperation for sustainable development.
Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles

Ibrahima Bamba

IFAD
Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles
 
Prior to working in the Indian Ocean Islands, Ibrahima Bamba was in charge of the management of IFAD country programme in Mauritania, Chad and Central African Republic. His professional experience includes the CGIR supported Africa Rice Center where he worked as a Policy Economist in Cotonou, Benin, as well as various consultancies mission with WFP including on the Special Project Unit of WFP working on a pilot Index insurance initiative in Rome, Italy and Dakar, Senegal. Ibrahima holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in USA and a Maîtrise des sciences économiques from the University Aix-Marseille II in France.
Jude L. Padayachy

Jude L. Padayachy

UNAIDS
Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles
 
Prior to his nomination to the post of UNAIDS Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, Jude Padayachy was the principal strategic information adviser at the UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva from 2013 to 2017. He has served in the same function from 2010 to 2013 in the UNAIDS multicountry office for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, and from 2003 to 2007 in UNAIDS South Africa.
Representative, ad interim, to Kenya, Eritrea, Seychelles and South Sudan, Ms. Bucyana

Kawira Bucyana

UNIDO
Representative, ad interim, to Kenya, Eritrea, Seychelles and South Sudan
 
Kawira Bucyana is an industrial development officer with specialization in agri­-business development and over 17 years of experience in international development particularly in agri-business and agro-industry development. Prior to her current post, Kawira served as the Deputy to the Representative, UNIDO Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Officer in Charge of UNIDO Office in South Sudan. She has also served as an industrial development officer involved in the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition. During this period, she also provided technical assistance in the implementation of agri-business programmes and projects in Asia, South America and Africa.
Koffi Kouame

Koffi Kouame

UNFPA
Country Director for Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles
 
Koffi Kouame took office at the UNFPA Country Office in Madagascar on 2 January 2021 as Representative and Country Director for Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. Before coming to Madagascar, he served as the UNFPA Country Representative in Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Country Representative for UNFPA in Nigeria and Programme Manager for UNFPA in Sierra Leone and Senegal. Before joining UNFPA, Koffi served as the Africa Region Research and Evaluation Manager for the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Kenya and as In Charge of Studies for the Department of Demography, National Statistical Institute at the Ministry of Planning of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
Leonard Zulu UNHCR Representative in South Africa

Leonard Zulu

UNHCR
Representative
 
Leonard Zulu, an international human rights and refugee law specialist, is the Representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa. Before taking up this position, he was Deputy-Director for UNHCR Southern Africa Regional Bureau. He previously served UNHCR, at its Headquarters, as Head of the Legal and Policy Unit of the Regional Bureau for Africa, in Geneva. Prior to that assignment he was Senior Legal Officer at the UNHCR Representation for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He has worked in a number of frontline duty stations, the most recent as Senior Protection Coordinator for the UNHCR Refugee Operation in the Dadaab Refugee Camps, in Kenya, where he served for almost three years.
Director of the office for Eastern Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ms. KEITA

Mama Keita

UN ECA
Director for Eastern Africa
 
Mama Keita is the Director of the office for Eastern Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), based in Kigali, Rwanda. She holds a Masters in Statistics and Applied Economics from ENSEA, Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire and a PhD in Economics from the University of Montreal, Canada. She has worked in the field of development economics for over 20 years. Prior to her employment at UNECA, Mama Keita held positions as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Guinea and as Economist at the World Bank in Burkina Faso. She was also a lecturer of public economics and development economics in Canada.
Maxime Houinato

Maxime Houinato

UN Women
Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
 
Maxime has been UN Women’s Country Representative in Uganda since 2018 where he contributed to a significant growth of programme through the successful implementation of a robust resource mobilization strategy. Before going to Uganda, Maxime has also served as UN Women's Deputy Regional Director of WCARO (6 years: 2008-2014 in Dakar) and Country Representative in Mali (4 years: 2014-2018 in Bamako). Maxime has been an active member of the UN Regional Quality & Support Assurance (QSA) Team of the UNDG in West Africa, and a key contributor to UN’s "Deliver as One" (DaO) model. He has supported the design and implementation of a series of positive legislation, public policies, and large-scale programmes to promote women’s leadership, the involvement of women in business and critical value-chains as well as ending violence against women and girls. Maxime holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Abomey-Calavi University in Benin, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Development from Brandeis University in the US and a Doctorate (PhD) in Applied Sociology from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal.
Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa  Mr. M Fall

Mohamed Malick Fall

UNICEF
Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa
 
Mohamed Malick Fall has been serving as the UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa since June 2019. He is responsible for leadership, oversight and guidance to 21 UNICEF country offices in the region, and the representation of the organization with governments, donors, the civil society and private sector. Prior to this current assignment, Mohamed was the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria from November 2016 to June 2019, and the UNICEF Representative in the Central African Republic from October 2014 to November 2016. In this capacity, he led a large team during a critical shift from humanitarian crisis to an early recovery stage. Between October 2012 to September 2014, he was UNICEF Representative in Mongolia.
Oumar Sylla

Oumar Sylla

UN-Habitat
Acting Director of the Regional Office for Africa
 
Oumar has more than 18 years of academic and practical experience in land, natural resources, conflict resolution, urban development, regional cooperation and partnership. Prior to being appointed as Acting Director for the Regional Office for Africa, Oumar was coordinator of the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch within UN-Habitat. As the Leader of the Land and GLTN Unit, Oumar has led the efforts towards improving tenure security for the vulnerable through the expansion of GLTN’s work at the country level; advocating for wider incorporation of land governance in the overall SDGs agenda towards bridging the gap between rural and urban land nexus, and to build strong partnership on land governance.
Rex Mpazanje

Rex Mpazanje

WHO
Representative
 
Rex Mpazanje is the WHO Country Representative to Seychelles; a position held since 24 April 2022. Rex comes from Malawi. His key areas of expertise include health emergencies preparedness & response, communicable & non-communicable diseases control, health sector leadership, health services management, health sector policy & planning, and medical practice. Hence, his career spans medical practice, district health management, national health planning, clinical/population services directorate headship in Malawi; health program development consulting across 5 countries (i.e. South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Kenya); HIV programming advisory (Kenya & Nigeria), communicable & non-communicable diseases control coordination (Nigeria), emergency preparedness & response coordination and COVID-19 incident management (Nigeria) in WHO. His main academic qualifications include a diploma in medical sciences (Scotland), a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery (UK & Malawi), a postgraduate certificate in public health/environment disaster preparedness & response (Japan), and a master’s degree in business administration in health policy, planning and management (UK).
Director of Regional Office, Shaukat Abdulrazak

Shaukat Abdulrazak

IAEA
Director of Regional Office
 
Shaukat Abdulrazak facilitates IAEA technical cooperation support to 46 countries in Africa. Before joining the IAEA, Shaukat worked as CEO at the Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation. He has more than 25 years working experience as a professor and university administrator, chairman and member of national and international boards, including the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS), the Kenya National Economic Social Council, the African Commission on Nuclear Energy and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Sylvie Bertrand

Sylvie Bertrand

UNODC
Deputy Regional Representative and Officer-in-Charge, Regional Office for Eastern Africa
 
Sylvie Bertrand has been based in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2015, supporting technical assistance in thirteen countries covered by the regional office. Serving at UNODC since 2004 in the field (Kenya, South Africa) as Adviser and Programme Coordinator and at Headquarters (Vienna) as Expert, Advocacy and Programme Officer, she has contributed to partnership building, south-south cooperation, portfolio and programme development, management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as technical assistance within UNODC’s mandate, specifically in the field of health and social development, including prevention of Drug Use, Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders and HIV and AIDS Prevention and Care for people who use drugs and people in prisons. Prior to joining UNODC, Ms. Bertrand serve at UNDP as Coordination Officer at the Office of the Resident Coordinator in South Africa, supporting large scale events such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and engaging in first generation UNDAF.