The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria is Mr. Edward Kallon. Prior to this position, Mr. Kallon was the UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan where he served for three years. Mr. Kallon is a seasoned humanitarian and development economist with over 30 years of hands-on experience working with complex emergency management and community stabilization in conflict and non-conflict settings across three continents. Mr. Kallon’s career with the UN began as a UN Volunteer in 1990 in Kabul, Afghanistan with the World Food Programme (WFP). He joined the organization as a full-time staff in 1992, serving as the Head of Sub-office in Herat, Afghanistan. He has since held several senior management positions for WFP in Uganda, India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Somalia. Before his career with the UN, Mr. Kallon worked in his home country, Sierra Leone, as a Socio-Economist and Community Development Coordinator.
Before his current assignment, Gomez was the Deputy Director of the Department of Water Resources and Permanent Representative of The Gambia with WMO. His current portfolio involves working with regional institutions and development partners to strengthen the capacity and capabilities of National Hydrological and Meteorological Services in 27 countries. This involves providing support towards timely exchange of data and the provision of weather, climate and water resources information services, to stakeholders in climate-sensitive sectors. He holds a MSc. in Applied and Agricultural Meteorology. He is married with children and his hobbies include reading, swimming and keeping abreast with current affairs.
Ms. Comfort Lamptey is the Representative of UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS. Ms. Lamptey has an established track-record of working to promote women’s rights and gender equality at the regional level in Africa, as well as globally. She has served in senior advisory and management positions with different UN entities in New York, Geneva and in countries across the Africa region. Her work within the UN spans assignments with the UN Development Programme, the UN Refugee Agency, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and more recently UN Women. She has worked extensively on issues of governance peace and security and has been instrumental in helping to establish the policy architecture on gender, peace and security in the context of UN peacekeeping.
Mr Dennis Zulu was appointed the Country Director of ILO Country Office Abuja (for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone and Representative to the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS)) in 2015. Immediately prior to being assigned to Nigeria, Mr Zulu worked in Liberia as the UN Adviser on Youth Employment to the Liberian Government.
Dr Fiona Braka
Acting Country Representative for WHO Nigeria
Dr Fiona Braka is a Ugandan national. She holds a Medical Degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a Masters of Public Health Degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, USA.
Dr Braka is a Public Health professional with over seventeen years of national and international experience with the World Health Organization (WHO). She has served in different capacities supporting national governments in Africa to strengthen their immunization programmes, with specific assignments to Uganda, Ethiopia and currently in Nigeria.
Dr Braka serves as the Immunization Team Lead at the WHO Country Office in Nigeria since September 2015. She leads a work force of close to 2,500 staff and consultants working closely with the Federal Government of Nigeria, the 36 State Governments and the Federal Capital Territory to eradicate polio, strengthen the routine immunization programme and introduce new vaccines into the Nigeria routine immunization programme.
She is currently the Acting Country Representative for WHO Nigeria.
Erasmus U. Morah is the UNAIDS Country Director in Nigeria since 2017. Prior to this time, he was the UNAIDS Country Director in South Africa. Erasmus, a Canadian national of Nigerian origin, has an international career spanning nearly three decades of service to the UN’s country operations in Asia and Africa. He has kept abreast of international development issues, publishing many scholarly papers in reputable international journals, including in the U.K. Development Policy Review (2007, 2009) and Sizonqoba: Outliving AIDS in Southern Africa (2017). Dr Morah earned his Bachelor’s in General Arts and Science from the University of Alberta, Edmonton; Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University, Montreal; and PhD in Economic Development Planning from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Frantz Celestin is the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Nigeria. Before assuming the Chief of Mission position, Mr. Celestin was the Deputy Chief of Mission and Regional Program Manager of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa) at IOM Nigeria. Prior to his tenure at IOM Nigeria, Mr. Celestin was the Head of the Labour Mobility and Human Development Division at IOM Somalia for five years. Mr. Celestin joined the IOM Regional Office for North America and the Caribbean in 2006 in Washington, DC where he coordinated IOM’s activities throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Celestin has experience working in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, among others. Mr. Celestin holds a Master’s Degree in International Peace and Conflict resolution, and in International Development. He also holds Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Law.
Fred Kafeero, a national of Uganda, is the FAO Representative in Nigeria and to ECOWAS.
He is a development professional with technical expertise in sustainable natural resource management; food security; and nutrition spanning over 30 years in his native country and at global level with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Before coming to Nigeria, Fred was the FAO Representative in Tanzania where he served for 4 years and prior to that, he served for 8 years at the FAO headquarters in Rome as a Forestry Officer.
He holds an M.Sc. in Environment and Natural Resource Management and a B.Sc. in Geography, Botany & Zoology from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He is married with children.
Jean B. Bakole is the Regional Director of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria since 2017. Prior to this, he worked as UNIDO’s Regional Director and Representative to Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in Ethiopia from 2012-2016. From 2007-2012, he was the Director of the UN-HABITAT Representation Office to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. From 2001-2006, he served as a Senior Advisor to UN-HABITAT Executive Director. From 1996 -2000, he was the Director of the Permanent Representation Office of the Coalition of African Organisations for Food Security and Sustainable Development (COASAD) in Europe. He also worked as an International Consultant for several International institutions. Mr. Bakole holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA - equivalent of French PhD 3e Cycle) in Economic Development, Population and Environment Sciences from the University of Louvain, Belgium.
Larry Boms, a Swiss/Nigerian citizen, is the Resident Representative, UN Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR) Nigeria Office. He started his international career as Research Fellow with United Nations Research Institute Social Development (UNRISD) from 1989 to 1992. He served as UNITAR Special fellow/Research Consultant on international energy and environmental issues. He worked as Research fellow at International Labour Organization Petroleum Division from 1993-1994. From 1996 to 2003, he worked as Senior Managing Partner of Africa Business Forum in Geneva. Lawrence worked closely with then Executive Director of UNITAR Dr Boisard to establish UNITAR Nigeria Office in 2006. He holds a PhD degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, University of Leeds. He is widely published.
Mr. Mohamed Yahya resumed duties as Resident Representative of UNDP Nigeria on 20 June 2019. Prior to his appointment to Nigeria, Mr. Yahya was the Africa Regional Programme Coordinator for UNDP between October 2014 and June 2019. Based in Addis Ababa, he was responsible for regional development initiatives in support of the African Union and Africa’s Regional Economic Communities. He has also served as UNDP's post-conflict recovery specialist supporting UNDP interventions in Afghanistan and Liberia. Before joining the UN, Mr. Yahya worked as a senior peacebuilding advisor for the non-governmental organisation, International Alert, with a focus on West Africa. Mr. Yahya holds a master’s degree in Conflict and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History from SOAS, University of London.
Nadine Gbossa is a development professional with over 20 years’ experience. She started her career with the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, and the UN Office for Project Services in New York. Since 2004, she has held senior management positions with UNDP and IFAD based in Italy. She also has worked in Cote d’ Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, and Kenya. From 2016 to 2018, Nadine Gbossa Headed the Global Partnerships and Policies Division in the Development Co-operation Directorate, at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. In August 2018, Ms. Gbossa rejoined the UN family and was appointed as Representative for IFAD in Nigeria. Ms. Gbossa, is a national from Benin and Belgium. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management for Rural Development from the University of Manchester, a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Hull in the UK, and a Master’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
Dr. Oliver Stolpe has been serving as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Representative in Nigeria since November 2018. Dr. Stolpe, who first joined UNODC in 1999, served the organization in multiple functions, including as Chief of Section responsible for supporting Member States in the effective implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, as the manager of UNODCs Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and as senior advisor at the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative. Dr. Stolpe has been implementing projects for UNODC in Nigeria since 2001 and was posted to Nigeria from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Stolpe, holds a PhD in Law of the University of Würzburg in Germany with a thesis focusing on Strategies against Organized Crime – Asset Recovery and Anti-Money Laundering in the fight against Mafia type organizations.
Paul Howe assumed duties in Abuja as the World Food Programme’s Representative and Country Director in Nigeria in August 2019. Before then, he was the Deputy Country Director (Programme and Operations) in Afghanistan. Howe has over 15 years’ experience in WFP, starting in 2004 as a Programme Policy Officer in WFP Headquarters in Rome. Other senior roles held by Paul Howe in WFP include Chief Emergencies and Transitions Unit (2013-2017); Deputy Country Director in Laos (2010-2013); and Head of Programme in Uganda (2008-2010). Paul holds a doctorate degree in development studies. He is a national of the United States of America.
Peter Hawkins was appointed UNICEF Representative in Nigeria in May 2019. Previously, he served as UNICEF’s Representative in Iraq for nearly four years. Prior to working with UNICEF, he worked with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and in Nigeria, where he was Team Leader for Human Development from 2004 - 2009. From 1985 to 2004, Peter worked with Save the Children UK, where he worked in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Angola and in London, where he last held the position of Regional Director for East and Central Africa. Peter holds an advanced law degree (LLM) in International Governance and Human Rights and a BA in African Language (Amharic) and Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Priscilla holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Business Engineering and Management (Bosnia and Herzegovina), M.SC in Development Studies, Professional Certificate from Harvard Business School, and is a development practitioner with over 20 years experience. She has held many positions at national and international levels working with a wide range of development actors and CSOs in the area of gender, environment and climate change. Priscilla spent several years with Savannah bank (1989-2001) rising to the position of Assistant Manager before joining Caritas, Justice and Peace/Health as the Executive Secretary in 2001. She is also a recipient of several awards including Ashoka Fellows.
Chief Security Adviser (CSA) and Representative to Nigeria
Mr. Robert Marinovic of the Republic of Croatia is the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser (CSA) and DSS Representative to Nigeria since January 2019. Prior to this, he was the Deputy CSA in Damascus, Syria, and also served as UNDSS Security Advisor for Turkmenistan based in Ashgabat from 2014-2017. During his tenure in Ashgabat, Robert was deployed by the UNDSS HQ on “surge missions” to support UN SMS activities and humanitarian emergencies in the Eastern Conflict Area of Ukraine (Donetsk), and North-Eastern Area of Nigeria (Maiduguri). 2010-2014, he was UNDSS Senior Field Security Coordination Officer in Somalia based in Galkacyo and South-Central Somalia. 2009-2010 he worked as the World Vision Country Security Director for Somalia. Before joining UNDSS, Robert served for 21 years in the Croatian Military, and was deployed as UN Military Observer/CMIO in Eritrea & Ethiopia, 2003-2004; and with ISAF mission in Afghanistan in 2006-2007. Robert holds a Master’s degree in Military Studies/National Security from Navy Academy in Split, Croatia.
Ronald David Kayanja, a Ugandan national, is the Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for Nigeria. He has been Director of the Centre since 2015. Mr. Kayanja has worked for the UN since 1996 and has worked with the UN Peacekeeping operations in Timor-Leste, where he served as Governance Advisor working specifically on media and civil society; and UNESCO as Advisor for Communication and Information in West Africa based initially in Accra and subsequently in Abuja. He has also worked on projects with UNFPA, FAO and started his UN career as a national officer with UNDP in Uganda. Mr. Kayanja studied at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda where he obtained a BA in Mass Communication, went to the University of Cardiff, UK for an MA in Journalism Studies and the University of Malmo, Sweden where he studied Communication and Development at master’s degree level. He has also served as Director, Panos Global AIDS Programme (August 2005 to June 2007) in Lusaka, Zambia.
Ulla Elisabeth Mueller
Ms ULLA E. Mueller holds E. Ma. Human Rights and Democracy, Lund University (2005); M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School (1996); and B.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School (1992).
She is an advocate for the rights of women and girls and a thought leader in human rights, poverty alleviation, and women’s sexual and reproductive health.
Ms Mueller served as Senior Adviser, FP/SRHR, GBV and Humanitarian Resilience at UNFPA Ethiopia - 2018; Associate Partner, Nordic Consulting Group - 2018; President and CEO, Engender Health - 2016; Regional Director, Marie Stopes International Southern Africa - 2014; Senior Regional Director, Africa and Latin America - 2010; Regional Representative, DR Congo, Dan Church Aid - 2009; Country Director, Children in Crossfire 2008; CEO, JUA Group Limited-Corporate 2005; Senior Adviser, East and Southern Africa, Fagligt International Center 2003; and Senior Adviser, DANIDA - 2000.
A national of Burkina Faso, Ydo was appointed Regional Director and Representative of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja in 2017. With over 22 years of experience within the UN System, Ydo began his career at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 1997 as an Associate Expert and climbed the ladder. He holds a PhD in Linguistics and Didactics from the Grenoble University, France and a postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies from the Centre of Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris, and a Master's degree in English from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. A recipient of the National Cultural Merit and Commander in the Order of Merit of Education by the Government of Côte d'Ivoire.