Our Team in South Sudan

DSRSG/RC/HC Sara Beysolow Nyanti

Sara Beysolow Nyanti

RCO
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator
Ms. Nyanti brings more than 20 years of experience in international development and humanitarian affairs including in conflict and post-conflict settings, most recently serving as Resident Coordinator in Nepal (2021). She also served as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Yemen (2019-2020) and in the Gambia (2015-2017). Prior to her senior-level representational roles, she served in numerous technical capacities in UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) related to setting up systems for large-scale grant management, social protection/cash transfers, HIV/AIDS, health and education.

Before joining the United Nations in Liberia where she worked during the conflict and transitional Government periods, Ms. Nyanti held senior positions in the Ministry of Health of the Government of Liberia (1999-2003). She served as the Director of the National AIDS Control Program and prior to that, she served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Health.

Ms. Nyanti holds a master’s degree in public administration from the New Charter University, United States. She most recently completed a second master’s in management and leadership from Western Governors University, United States, and is an accredited broker with the United Kingdom-based international Partnership Broker Association managing and developing collaboration processes. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in transformational leadership.
Mr. ALEXIO MUSINDO

ALEXIO MUSINDO

ILO
COUNTRY DIRECTOR
Mr. Musindio is ILO Country Director for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Special representative to the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa. A national of Zimbabwe, he has more than 20 years of experience of international development work across several countries in Africa. Having started his UN career as a Programme Officer in 1998 at the ILO Regional Office for Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Alexio has led ILO office the ILO across several countries in East and Southern Africa. Alexio holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, University of Zimbabwe and a master’s degree in Development Economics, William College, Massachusetts, USA.
Arafat Jamal - UNHCR Country Representative

Arafat Jamal

UNHCR
Country Representative
Arafat Jamal is a senior United Nations official with over twenty-five years of international experience focused on leading in emergencies, managing operations, coordinating among agencies, partnerships, resettling refugees, humanitarian diplomacy, and formulating and evaluating policy.He currently serves the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative to South Sudan, one of UNHCR ’s largest and most complex operations.

His previous posts were as Head of Partnerships at UNHCR, and Chief of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, under the Emergency Relief Coordinator. Arafat has an extensive background in managing displacement emergencies (Syrians in Jordan 2011-2012, Libya 2011, Lebanon 2006, Sierra Leoneans in Guinea 1999, Western Afghanistan 1998-1999, Rwandans in Zaire 1998), and has authored several papers focusing on topics including long-term exile, minimum standards and essential needs, the practical meaning of refugee protection; and the political and strategic implications of resettlement.He holds a Masters in Forced Migration (Oxford), a BA in History (Cornell), and a BSc in Urban and Regional Studies (Cornell).
KANU BENEDICT

BENEDICT SORIE KANU

AfDF
COUNTRY MANAGER
 
Benedict Sorie Kanu, a Sierra Leonean national, is the African Development Bank’s Country Manager for South Sudan. Mr. Kanu is an Agricultural Economist with more than 24 years of international professional experience, including designing, managing and evaluating agricultural programmes.
At least 23 years of such experience was gained in serving the AfDB in various capacities spanning multiple countries and regions of Africa.
Bernadette Mukonyora

BERNADETTE MUKONYORA

IFAD
COUNTRY DIRECTOR
Bernadette Mukonyora has worked for IFAD since 2009, in various capacities including as team leader in the formulation, management and quality assurance of rural and agriculture development projects in the East and Southern Africa region, as an Advisor to Departmental and Divisional management and Country Directors and coordinating the Funds engagement in policy dialogue, including African Green Revolution Forum, CAADP Champions for Change, NEPAD-AUDA, and as co-chair of thematic committees.
Prior to joining IFAD, she worked for FAO in the Technical Corporation Programme (TCP) and in the advisory Secretariat of the G77+ China group, which supported developing countries in the formulation of policy positions in executing their role as members of the oversight bodies of FAO, WFP and IFAD.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media, Communication and Culture and two Master’s degrees, one in Food Systems and International Agri-food Governance and a second in Applied Media Studies.
Dr.Fabian

Dr Fabian Ndenzako

WHO
Country Representative
Dr Ndenzako is Tanzanian Medical doctor and specialized in public health for the past 20 years. Prior to the current assignment, he was working with WHO regional office leading the HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis Programs supporting 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and he was Acting WHO Representative to Malawi in 2018-19.

He has worked with private sector, Civil Societies and UN agencies supported countries in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific to respond to HIV and other Health programs by developing and implementing evidence-based health policies and strategies.

Dr Ndenzako has led several HIV/AIDS/TB/Hepatitis programme reviews in more than 15 countries and supported governments to mobilize resources from donors to respond to HIV/TB/Hepatitis programs. He has facilitated and contributed to development of several health sector policies, strategies, guidelines and technical documents including overseeing its adoption, implementation and monitoring by governments and stakeholders.
He further supported countries to adopt and implement International Health Regulation guidelines and actively participated in responding to number of global and local outbreaks including Ebola in West Africa, Cholera, Malaria, Chikungunya, MDR- TB, dengue and COVID-19.
Firas Raad

FIRAS RAAD

World Bank
COUNTRY MANAGER
Firas Raad is the World Bank Country Manager for South Sudan. He has extensive experience as a development and health policy professional with the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and the Jordanian government over the past 27 years. In previous positions, he served as World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia, World Bank Country Manager for Kuwait, Head of Mission for the Office of the Quartet Representative in East Jerusalem (while on secondment from the World Bank), and World Bank Human Development Coordinator for the Gulf Corporation Council countries and Senior Health Specialist.

Raad has a Doctorate in International Health Policy and Economics from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master’s Degree in International Relations (with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies) from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He is Jordanian national and speaks Arabic and English.
Fran O’Grady

Fran O’Grady

UNMAS
Chief of Mine Action
Mr. Fran O’Grady joined the UNMISS team as Chief of Mine Action following an appointment as Senior Program Manager Rule of Law Reform with the United Nations in Ukraine. This is his sixth mission with UNMAS, the first of which was in 2002 as an Operations Officer in Eritrea/Ethiopia, followed by Capacity Development Team Leader in South Sudan (2013/14), Senior Program Officer in DRC, Program Manager ai. with Syria Response, and Head of Projects in Iraq - other UN Peacekeeping/Enforcing Missions include Kosovo, Liberia, and Chad.
With 25 years of management and technical experience, including ten United Nations missions across Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Fran has led large teams and implemented complex initiatives in emergency response, humanitarian, and development settings - involving stakeholder management, senior political engagement, and resource mobilization. In addition to a military career, retiring as a Senior Officer, Fran holds a master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin, as well as being a Chartered Professional Engineer and professional mentor.

Julius Banda,  Country Representative

Julius Banda

UNESCO
Country Representative
Mr Julius Banda (Malawi) was appointed as UNESCO Representative to South Sudan in January 2020. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief of the Executive Office of the Social and Human Sciences Sector at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. From 1999 to 2009, he served as a key member of the Office of the Director General of UNESCO, responsible for monitoring issues relating to Africa, legal affairs, governing bodies, evaluation and audit, and human resources management. He also served as Secretary of the Senior Management Team, chaired by the Director-General. He holds an LLM degree in international business law from the University of London, and an LLB (Hon) degree from the University of Malawi.
UNDO Representative

Kawira Bucyana

UNIDO
Representative, ad interim, to Kenya, Eritrea, Seychelles and South Sudan
Ms Bucyana, an Industrial Development Officer with specialization in agri-business development, has over 17 years’ experience in international development particularly in agri-business and agro-industry development.

Prior to current post, Ms Bucyana served as the Deputy to the Representative, UNIDO Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Officer in Charge of UNIDO office 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.
Ms. Bucyana’s main achievements include: implementation of integrated agro-industrial parks in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Zambia; the UN ‘delivering as one approach’ Programme piloted in Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique; Food Security and Quality Infrastructure development in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique which facilitated uptake of industrial development in the countries.
Ms. Bucyana’s passion is to promote industrial processing, packaging and global marketing of indigenous African processed foods.

Ms. Bucyana has BSc in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi and Msc in Food Safety and Quality Assurance from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

COUNTRY FOCAL POINT:
Victor Cobby Baah, Programme Management Specialist
Email: v.baah@unido.org

Lord Livingstone Dartey- Country Director UNAIDS

Lord Livingstone Dartey

UNAIDS
Country Director
 
 
Mr Lord Dartey has more than 25 years’ experience in reproductive health and HIV-related work, 15 of which have been with UNAIDS. He has extensive knowledge of partnerships building, rights and gender-based approaches to development programming, strategic planning and community engagement. Before joining UNAIDS, Mr Dartey spent about 10 years in managing community-based adolescent and youth reproductive health and rights programmes across Ghana, first with the Centre for the Development of People and later with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG). Mr Dartey has a Masters in Gender Analysis in Development from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Mary Otieno

Mary Otieno

UNFPA
Country Representative
Dr Mary Otieno has more than 20 years of managerial and strategic leadership, advocacy, coordination and technical expertise in reproductive health including HIV, gender-based violence, population and development, and gender and human rights at national and international levels within the UN System and with international organisations. Prior to joining UNFPA in South Sudan, Dr. Otieno was UNFPA Representative in Zambia (August 2013-March 2018) where she championed the mainstreaming of sexual and reproductive health and rights and demographic dividend in national development frameworks and strategic plans. Dr. Otieno also served as Senior Technical Adviser for HIV/AIDS and Young People at UNFPA in New York, where she co-convened the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Inter-agency-Task Team (IATT) on HIV and Young People.
Matthew.hollingworth, WFP Country Representative

Matthew Hollingworth

WFP
Country Representative and RC/HC ai
Matthew Hollingworth is WFP Country Director and Representative in South Sudan. Previously, he served as the Country Director and Representative in Sudan and in war-torn Syria. He has also worked as Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Matthew has served in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Pakistan and built his experience as a logistics officer, emergency coordinator, deputy country director and latterly as a WFP Representative.
Meshack Malo- Country Representative FAO

Meshack Malo

FAO
FAO Country Representative
Mr Meshack Oguna Malo was appointed as FAO Representative in May 2019. He joined FAO in 2007 as Associate Professional Officer, Integrated Natural Resources, at the FAO Sub regional Office for Eastern Africa, Ethiopia where he also served as the focal person to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Other roles including serving as Advisor in the Office of the Director-General, providing support to the Director-General in areas related to agriculture, climate change, forestry and natural resources in Africa. Mr Malo, a national of Kenya, holds a Master’s Degree in Dryland Biodiversity from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies (Planning and Management), from Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is married and has two daughters and one son.
Ms. Hamida R. Lasseko

Ms. Hamida R. Lasseko

UNICEF
Country Representative
Ms. Hamida R. Lasseko was appointed the UNICEF Representative in South Sudan on 23 January 2021. Ms. Lasseko brings with her more than 24 years of dedicated professional technical experience in the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s programmes and operational management.

Since October 2015 and until her appointment as the Representative in South Sudan, Ms, Lasseko assumed two positions in UNICEF Iraq starting as the Deputy Representative from 2015 to 2018, and as the Representative until December 2020, where she has been providing overall management and coordination of UNICEF’s development and humanitarian country programmes and operations in Iraq.

Prior to her arrival in Iraq in 2015, Ms. Lasseko was the UNICEF Deputy Representative in Damascus, Syria. She first joined UNICEF as a national Project Officer based in Kigoma, Tanzania, where she provided technical guidance and oversight of programming in primary health care and early childhood development for Burundian and Rwandese refugees in Western Tanzania from 1996 to 2001, and later as an Emergency Officer from 2001 to 2005, where she effectively contributed to the improvement of emergency preparedness and response procedures.

From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Lasseko assumed the position of UNICEF Programme Specialist based in Ampara, Sri Lanka where she led and supervised UNICEF’s post-Tsunami emergency response programme. From 2007 to 2011, she was responsible for the formulation, planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the UNICEF humanitarian and development programmes in her capacity as the Chief of Central Region Zone Office based in UNICEF Kabul, Afghanistan. Ms. Lasseko then assumed the position of UNICEF Chief Field Office for operations in Mogadishu and in Gaalkacyo, Somalia during the period from 2011 to 2013.

Ms. Hamida Lasseko is a national of Tanzania and holds an advanced degree (Master of Science) in Sociology
from Commonwealth Open University in the United Kingdom, and an advanced Diploma in Nursing Education
from Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Musa Yerro Gassama

Musa Yerro Gassama

OHCHR
Director Human Rights Division and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in South Sudan
Musa Yerro Gassama is a Gambian national. He holds a PhD and master’s degrees in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, USA as well a Bachelor of Laws and Barrister-At-Law, SierraLeone.

He has served in his country as a Magistrate from 1994 to 2000 before joining international human rights organizations from 2000 to 2008. He joined the United Nations in 2008. He has served as representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and head of the OHCHR Country office in Togo (2008-2010), as OHCHR regional representative for East Africa and to the African Union in Addis Ababa (2010-2013), as representative of OHCHR and chief of Human Rights Section in UNSOM, Somalia (2013-2014), as representative of OHCHR and chief of Human Rights Section in MINUSCA, in Central African Republic (2014-2020) and currently as representative of OHCHR and Director of Human Rights Division in UNMISS, South Sudan.
Peter Mutoredzanwa

Peter Mutoredzanwa

UNOPS
Country Representative
A Zimbabwean national, Mr Mutoredzanwa, has more than 30 years of leadership and experience working on natural, socio-economic, and humanitarian crises in the private, institutional and non-governmental sectors. Prior to joining UNOPS, Mr Mutoredzanwa served for Americares in Liberia, OXFAM Southern Africa, VSO in Zimbabwe, Lutheran World Federation in Mozambique, Kenya and South Sudan and with the Ministry of Community Development and Women Affairs in Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mutoredzanwa holds a Master of Science degree in Managing Rural Change, obtained from the University of London.
Peter Van der Auweraert

Peter Van der Auweraert

IOM
Chief of Mission
Before being posted to South Sudan, Peter Van der Auweraert served as IOM Western Balkans Coordinator and Chief of Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina based in Sarajevo. He has over twenty years of international experience, holding leadership positions in humanitarian diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding, transitional justice and conflict-related land and property issues.

His previous roles include coordinating IOM’s response to the 2015-2016 European and Western Balkans Migrant and Refugee Crisis and overseeing IOM’s humanitarian and transition and recovery work in the region covered by the Organization’s Regional Office in Vienna, Austria. While Head of the Land, Property and Reparations Division at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva, he participated in peace making processes in Colombia, Iraq, Timor-Leste and the Philippines, amongst other countries, as senior advisor on reparations and land and property issues.

From 2003 to 2005, Peter served as Executive Director of Avocats Sans Frontières, an international NGO focusing on access to justice in post-conflict countries, and from 1999 to 2006 he held a Visiting Lectureship in International Public and Criminal Law at the University of Turku in Finland. Peter started his professional career in the private sector, working as in-house legal counsel at an international trading company in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of London and a Law Degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Peter is a Belgian national.
Peterson Magoola

Peterson Magoola

UN Women
Country Representative
Mr. Peterson Magoola is a gender equality champion, and a specialist in women’s rights and development. He has over 18 years’ senior level experience on global policy issues and programmes on gender equality, women empowerment, and development.

Prior to his appointment as a Representative for UN Women in South Sudan, Peterson has been the Country Representative a.i for UN Women in Moldova, also covering Belarus (Dec 2019 – Nov 2020). Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Country Representative for UN Women in Afghanistan (2017-2019), which is one of UN Women’s biggest operations globally. He was also the Deputy Country Representative for UN Women in Liberia (2014-2017). His role in these senior positions, was to provide strategic leadership and management of country programmes, with focus on women, peace and security; ending violence against women, women participation and representation; and on women economic empowerment. His experience also includes policy advocacy, programmes development/implementation, partnerships and coordination, and overall management.

He held similar senior leadership, technical, and operational roles with other UN agencies, and NGOs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific such as UNDP- Papua New Guinea; UNDP - Namibia); and managed development, humanitarian and peace building programmes with HelpAge in Sudan, IRC in Liberia, VSO in Bangladesh, and ACFODE in Uganda. He holds a Masters’ degree in Public Health; Bachelors in Economics, and Education.

UNDP South Sudan Representative Samuel Gbaydee Doe

Samuel Gbaydee Doe

UNDP
Country Representative
Mr. Doe joins the South Sudan country office after serving as Resident Representative in Sierra Leone. Originally from Liberia, Mr. Doe is a conflict, peace, and development professional with wide ranging international policy advisory and country office management experience. In addition to leading the Sierra Leone office, he also served as Senior Policy Advisor and Team Leader, on Fragility, Recovery and Resilience for the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and Team Leader in the Policy and Planning Division, both of UNDP in New York.
Mr. Doe began his career with UNDP as Senior Conflict Prevention and Civil Society Development Expert with the Pacific Regional Center in Fiji. In 2007, he was named Development and Reconciliation Advisor for the UN in Sri Lanka. He later joined the Secretary General's Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka as Senior Political Officer in New York.
Prior to joining the UN system, Mr. Doe was a co-founder of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the largest civil society peacebuilding network in West Africa. He also lectured at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Virginia, United States. Mr. Doe possesses a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Liberia; a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (USA); and a Ph.D. in Social and International Affairs from Bradford University (UK).