Before Rwanda, Mr Ndiaye was RC and Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger. Prior to this, he held various positions as a regional head at UNCDF and served in various capacities with the bank “Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole du Senegal”, including Secretary-General (1991-1998). Mr. Ndiaye is an agronomist from ENSAT (France), holds an MPA from Harvard, and was a Mason Fellow. He has a PhD (Economics) and is certified in microfinance and SME finance.
Mr. Fall’s career with UNHCR spans 24 years. Before appointment to Rwanda, he was Head of UNHCR Operations of the biggest refugee complex of the world (Dadaab, in North Eastern Kenya). Starting his UNHCR career in 1993, he has worked in Guinea Conakry, Tanzania, CAR, Burundi, Chad, and RoC. Mr. Fall also worked at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva (2007-2010). He brings to Rwanda a wealth of experience international protection and humanitarian assistance. A Mauritanian by birth, Mr. Fall is a civil engineer by background.
Andre has ten years with the UN System’s Technical Assistance and delivering approaches. Andre has vast experience as an economist from before his time at UNIDO, including from his previously held position as Head of the Planning Department, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) of Rwanda. He has interdisciplinary skills in applied economics, monitoring and evaluation, results-based planning and management, as well as a Master’s Degree in Economics.
With a masters in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid, Andrew has previously worked for the UN Secretariat in Chile and Addis Ababa, and for UNICEF in Costa Rica. He's worked at the OECD Development Centre in Paris. From 2004-2009, he was editor of the European Journal of Development Research and has published in a wide-number of journals and academic publications.
An Ethiopian National, Betru is with 27 years of experience in Health/HIV sector at various level and capacities as a physician, senior expert, senior advisor, Director, Director General in Ethiopia; and as an International Civil Servant in UNAIDS, as Country Director in Liberia, and Rwanda at present.
A Belgian national, Ms. Edith Heines has more than 25 years of experience in humanitarian and development assistance. She has worked in a wide variety of contexts implementing and managing complex food assistance programmes for the World Food Programme, previously serving in the Somalia Operation, Cambodia, Headquarters (Rome), Bangladesh, DPR Korea and Nepal. Before this, Ms. Heines worked with “Education for Development” (VVOB) in Gabon and Vietnam. Heines holds a M.A in Psychology and a Postgraduate Programme in Behavioural Therapy
Ms. Fatou A. Lo started her career in the private sector in Senegal in 1999, before joining the UN Millennium Project in New York in 2003. She later moved to UNDP then to UNIFEM in New York. Since 2013, she has served as UN Women Deputy in Sudan, Deputy in Rwanda and Representative in Rwanda. She holds Masters Degrees in Law, in Sustainable Development, and International Relations. She was a youth delegate at the 1995 Beijing Conference.
Mr Francesco Rispoli, a national of Italy, is the IFAD Country Director for Rwanda. Prior to his appointment, Mr Rispoli worked as the Senior Technical Specialist in Inclusive Rural Financial Services at IFAD. Before joining IFAD, he worked with UNDP Kenya and in a consulting firm providing technical assistance to the European Commission.
Gualbert Gbehounou has more than 30 years of experience in the agriculture world. From 2010 he served as an Agricultural Officer at FAO, starting as a Weed Scientist and Crop Protectionist, and later becoming Director of the Cotton Research Centre of INRAB. Gbehounou holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Crop Science, and a PhD in Biology/Weed Ecology.
Ms. Fors has been Chief of Mission for IOM Rwanda since September 2017 and she holds a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) from Uppsala University in Sweden. Over the course of her international career she has worked in Croatia, Iran, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and now Rwanda.
IOM Rwanda actively supports the Government of Rwanda in all its migration related efforts; implementing projects focused on counter trafficking, immigration and border management, migration and health, return and reintegration of Rwandan nationals and refugee resettlement to third countries, labour migration and human development.
Jean de Dieu is a programme manager with 15 years of experience. Before joining UNV Rwanda in 2018, he worked as Regional Youth Programme Specialist at UNV Regional Office (Nairobi). He also worked as M&E Specialist at the Ministry of Labor (Rwanda) and held managerial positions in Local & INGOs, UNFPA and Government. He holds an MA-Public Administration and BSc-Educational Psychology.
Jean-Philippe has more than 12 years of work experience in UNCTAD headquarters in Geneva, with activities mainly directed on inter-agency cooperation in the context of the UN System-wide coherence “Delivering as One”. Previous experience includes the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has an Advanced University Degree in International Relations with focus on Economics and Development from the Sorbonne University, Paris.
Ms. Julianna Lindsey serves as UNICEF’s Country Representative to Rwanda, having previously been Representative to Botswana and to SADC. Ms. Lindsey, a national of the USA, has worked with UNICEF since 1998, including as Chief of Advocacy, Communications, Monitoring, and Analysis based in Ghana (2008-2012) and as Deputy Representative in South Africa (2005-2008). She has also worked for UNICEF in the Emergency Operations Division of Headquarters (2003-2005); in Khartoum, Sudan (1998-1999); and as part of Operation Lifeline Sudan based from Lokichokkio and Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2003). In addition, Ms. Lindsey has served as Vice President for Programmes at Women for Women International (WfWI), based in Washington D.C., USA (2013-2015). Ms. Lindsey also worked for the International Rescue Committee in Khartoum, Sudan (1997-1998) and for the German Bundestag (1992-1994).
Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo
Director and Regional Representative for Africa
Dr. Juliette has a wealth of experience in development assistance and 26 years in environmental programmes management. She has worked with UNDP and IUCN, Stockholm Environment Institute, and other international institutions - addressing sustainable development and poverty reduction. She was Minister of Environment for the Benin government (2007-2008), and also acted as Minister of Family and the Child. She has been in the senior management teams of Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) and the Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation. She holds an MSc in Forestry Economics, a PhD. in Public Policy and Administration, and an expert diploma in Renewable Energy.
Paediatrician and public health specialist, Dr Mwinga has previously served as Team Leader in WHO India and Acting WHO Representative, Eritrea. She has worked in WHO African Regional Office, in Brazzaville, WHO Zambia and as paediatrician and lecturer in her home country of Zambia. Kasonde Holds an MPH (University of Alabama), Health Management (Birmingham University, UK), MBChB, MMed (Paed), B.SC.HB. (University of Zambia).
Mark Bryan Schreiner has served as UNFPA Representative since 2017. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director of UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office. Mark brings 17 years’ experience from Africa and Asia & Pacific regions having served as UNFPA Representative ai to Pakistan and Eritrea, UNFPA Deputy Rep to South Africa; and Regional Programme Specialist to the UN Regional Directors Team for ESA. He started his UNFPA career in 2002 in Nigeria and subsequently Africa Division at HQ in New York. Mark also worked with UNEP in Kenya, UNESCAP in Thailand.
Dr. Spaliviero is an Environmental Scientist with a PhD in Geography. He has worked for UN Habitat in Africa for 14 year, dealing with ~20 countries cumulatively. Before this, he was lecturer and researcher at the Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation Faculty (ITC) of Twente University (Netherlands). Based in the Regional Office in Nairobi, he serves as task manager for 10 active country programmes, and the focal point for risk reduction, climate change adaptation and urban resilience for the region.
Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta joined UNESCO as Director of Basic Education from 2004 following an exemplary tenure as Minister of Education in The Gambia. She became Director for the Bureau of Education in Africa in 2008.
Stephen Rodriques has over 24 years of development experience and currently serves as the Resident Representative for UNDP Rwanda. Previously he was Country Director for UNDP Rwanda and Deputy Country Director for UNDP’s Office in Indonesia. Prior to this, he was an Advisor in UNDP’s Executive Office; Head of the Governance and Poverty Unit for UNDP Jamaica multi-country office among other posts.
Wellington Shibebe currently holds the position of Director; ILO Country Office for Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi. 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.