Our Team in Cameroon

Matthias Z. Naab

Matthias Z. Naab

RCO
Resident Coordinator
 
 
Mr. NAAB (born in Ghana), a U.S. citizen, has more than 20 years of professional experience in international development and has extensive knowledge and proven expertise in the field of development. Prior to his appointment as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, Matthias held the same position in the Comoros since 2016. He has also served as UNDP Country Director in Mozambique and has worked in Rwanda and Tanzania, where he actively participated in the design and implementation of inter-agency joint programs.

Mr. NAAB holds a Ph.D. in International Affairs and Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned a Master's Degree in Public and International Affairs (MPIA).
Agnes Okodombe

Agnes Josette Okodombe

UNV
Country Coordinator
Agnès Okodombè is the UNV Country Coordinator for Cameroon. She was previously at UNDP Niger as a UNV Program Officer. Agnes has also worked at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Office in Yaoundé (2011-2017).
Antonio M. A. Pedro

Antonio Maria Afonso Pedro

UN ECA
Representative
 
Mr. Antonio M. A. Pedro is a mineral exploration geologist with over 30 years of experience in development and management.
Apart from his contribution to the extractive industries policy in Africa, he has worked for ECA to boost the continent's structural transformation and regional integration.
Athman Mravili

Athman Mravili

FAO
Representative
Mr. Athman Mravili, is a Comoran national and holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the National School of Veterinary Medicine, Sidi Thabet, Tunisia. Since 2009, Mr. Mravili has held several positions of responsibility, notably in Sudan, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea, and FAO's Sub Regional Office in Libreville, Gabon. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of food security, humanitarian affairs, and livestock in Asia and Africa.
Dr Habimana Phanuel

Dr Habimana Phanuel

WHO
Representative
Dr. Phanuel Habimana is a doctor by training. He has 25 years of experience with WHO. Before his appointment in Cameroon, he was Chief of Health Programmes for Children, Adolescents, and Nutrition at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo.
DR. Mamadou Lamine Sakho

DR. Mamadou Lamine Sakho

UNAIDS
Country Director ad interim
 
 
 
DR. Mamadou Lamine Sakho has joined UNAIDS/ as Regional Programme Adviser /WCA. (Since June 2018). Dr Mamadou Sakho has been with UNAIDS for more than 24 years, and most recently served as the UNAIDS Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan (2015-2018); after the Democratic Republic of Congo on 2012 to August 2015. Prior to this, Mamadou was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator of Cameroon (2008 to 2012), and Burkina FASO (2003 to 2008). Mamadou is among the most senior staff in UNAIDS & being in UNAIDS since the beginning he is very passionate to overcame challenges link to Health & Development & particularly HIV/AIDS in Africa. Previously, Mamadou had been selected for West and Central Africa as Regional Advisor, in UNAIDS Regional Office, Abidjan/Cote d’ lvoire (since 1996 to 2003). Public Health Expert, Doctor of Medicine, Mamadou also holds many certificates and attestations from prestigious Universities: Belgium (Antwerp); France (Fournier-Paris); UK (Norwich), John Hopkins (Baltimore-Maryland); CDC-Atlanta (USA)., Etc, Before joining UNAIDS, Mamadou worked with UNDP Senegal AIDS Programme (1988-1996) /NACA & Deputy of National AIDS Manager of Senegal. He was being Staff as “District Medical Officer”, in the Ministry of Public Health in Senegal. Mamadou is Medical Doctor & Public health physician, specializing on Emergency Epidemiological issues such as HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa. Mamadou is currently Senior Regional Programme Adviser in UNAIDS/RST/WCA -Dakar/SENEGAL.
Mamadou is married and father of (05) five children
Emime Ndihokubwayo

Emime Ndihokubwayo

IFAD
Country director
 
Emime Ndihokubwayo was appointed Interim Head of the Central African Hub and Country Director/Representative of IFAD Country office in Yaoundé from January 1st 2021. The Hub covers DRC, Cameroon, Congo, Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa Republic, and Sao Tome and Principe. Emime brings to IFAD a rich work- experience of more than 20 years in rural development in Africa and beyond from various organisational settings to include experience with central Governments, Regional, pan African institutions and International organizations. Born in Burundi, Emime Ndihokubwayo holds a Master's Degree in Governance and Development from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, a B.A. in Law from the University of Burundi, and Executive Leadership and Management Certificate from Syracuse University, New York, USA.
Hind Jalal

Hind Jalal

UN Women
Representative
 
Hind Jalal brings an extensive experience along the Humanitarian¬-Development-Peace Nexus in technical and managerial positions in North, West and Central Africa together at the UN System and at the Government.
She is Representative ai for UN Women Cameroon since 2018. Before joining UN Women, she worked for UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office in Dakar to implement sound Youth and gender-responsive interventions aiming to empower women and girls in the Sahel. She also worked for UNFPA Morocco CO, in the areas of Gender based violence, Youth, Elderly and Human Rights with significant results to advance the 2030 agenda.
Prior to UNFPA, Hind held several leadership positions within the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance, where she worked in Economic, Sector, Trade and Social Policy formulation and analysis.
She authored and co-authored books and specialized papers in Gender and Taxation, Feminist Economics, demographic dividend and investment.
National of Morocco, she holds a PhD in Law and Economics of Development, from Nice Sophia Antipolis University-France and two Master’s in management. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English and has a good knowledge of Spanish. She can be reached at
Jean-Luc Stalon

Jean-Luc Stalon

UNDP
Representative
Before Cameroon, Jean-Luc was Director of the UNDP in Senegal. He was also Senior Deputy Country Director for UNDP in Southern Sudan from 2016 to 2018, Senior Country Director for UNDP in Mali from 2013 to 2016, and Deputy Country Director for UNDP in Pakistan from 2010 to 2013. A French and Rwandan national, he holds a master's degree in social development from the University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He is currently preparing a doctorate in political economy in the nexus between economic growth and human development.
Karen Perrin, Head of office, OCHA

Karen Perrin

OCHA
Head of Office
 
 
Karen Perrin has over 20 years of experience in humanitarian affairs, particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to her appointment to Cameroon in January 2022, she worked with OCHA as Deputy Head of Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Central African Republic, as well as at OCHA’s headquarters in New York as an advisor on humanitarian access issues. She also worked on protection of civilian populations with the Peacekeeping mission in Sudan. Before joining the United Nations, she worked with international NGOs. She was Head of mission in different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Horn of Africa, where she led emergency and recovery operations. She holds Masters’ degrees in Political science (International relations) from the Paris institute of political studies, and in Project evaluation.
M. Abdel Rahmane DIOP

M. Abdel Rahmane DIOP

IOM
Representative
 
 
Abdel Rahmane DIOP, is joining IOM Cameroon in the capacity of Chief of Mission. He was assigned to the Office of Director General as Liaison and Policy Officer for the Secretariat of the UN Network on Migration. He covers the GCM Champion Countries initiative and the UN Network on Migration thematic working groups related to Bilateral Labour Migration Agreement and Migrants’ Access to services.
Abdel Rahmane is a graduate of the Quebec Institute for Graduate Studies (HEI); University of Laval (Quebec, Canada), in addition to his diploma Public Law, International Relations from Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal). Before joining IOM in 2013, he served at the United Nations Development Program and filled various research positions. Among main topics of interest, he lead researches on development policies and migration, human trafficking, migration and development and China-Africa relationships.
With almost a decade of experience in policy, multilateralism and project management, Abdel worked at the national and international levels for government, international organizations and civil society (including academia) in developing and developed country contexts (e.g. Burkina Faso, Belgium and Canada).
ITU Representative

M. Jean-Jacques Massima Landji

ITU
Representative
 
Mr. Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji, 58, has been the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Representative for Central Africa and Madagascar since 2009, with residence in Yaoundé. Previously, he worked at the organization's headquarters in Geneva and the African Regional Organization for Satellite Communication (RASCOM). Trained as telecommunications, computer, and electronics engineer, he has more than 33 years' experience in the field of ICT and computer science.
Bouaka

M. Louis Marie Bouaka

OHCHR
Representative
 
Of Central African nationality, Mr. Louis-Marie BOUAKA holds a Doctorate in Law, Public Law option, from the University of Montpellier, and is a graduate of the International Peace Research Institute in Geneva. Before serving as Regional Representative of the High Commissioner in Central Africa and Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa, he worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda from 1994 to 1998, and for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, in the Human Rights Sections in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1999 to 2001, in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2001 to 2006 and Haiti from 2007 to 2008. He served as Deputy Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2008 until September 2011, Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Guinea, as well as the Representative of the High Commissioner in Burundi. He is married and father of five children.
Mrs. Noemi Dalmonte

Mrs. Noemi Dalmonte

UNFPA
Representative ad interim
Mrs. Noemi Dalmonte (Italy) has 15 years of professional experience in development, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance, with an focus on gender-based violence prevention and response, promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health rights as well as on women empowerment and gender equality. She holds a bachelor in International Relations (Bologna University), a master in Institution and Politics of Human Rights and Peace (Padova University) and an executive master in Management of International Organizations (SDA Bocconi, Milano)
Ms. Aminata Maiga

Ms. Aminata Maiga

Director ILO
 
 
 
Ms. Aminata Maiga (Côte d'Ivoire-Canada) is Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Decent Work Country Technical Support Team for Central Africa and ILO Country Office for Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe, since 1 August 2021.
Previously in Yaoundé, Ms. Maiga served in the ILO as (i) Director of the ILO Country Office for Angola, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad from 2014 to 2021, (ii) Senior Employment Creation and Enterprise Development Specialist in Central Africa from 2010 to 2014, and (iii) Africa Regional Coordinator for Women's Entrepreneurship from 2009 to 2010.
Prior to joining the ILO in 2009, Ms. Maiga worked as a Senior Economist, Financial Analyst, Consultant and Manager with the Government of the Northwest Territories in Canada, Roche Limited Groupe Conseil in Montreal and the Bureau National Etudes Techniques et de Développement in Côte d'Ivoire.
During her professional career of more than 25 years on three continents (Africa, America and Europe), she has specialised in development policy analysis, world of work issues, inclusive growth issues and the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies and programmes focused on decent work. Ms. Maiga is the author of several studies and socio-economic analyses on the impact of government policies and the profitability of public and private investments and has participated in and facilitated several international conferences, seminars and workshops.
Ms. Maiga holds an MBA from HEC Montreal in Canada. She is also a graduate of the University of Clermont Ferrand in France, holding a Magistère in Development Economics, a DEA in Economic Policy and a DESS in Project Analysis. She is perfectly bilingual (English/French).

Nadine Perrault

Nadine Perrault

UNICEF
Representative
 
 
 
Born in Haiti, Ms. Perrault held many positions in UNICEF. She also worked at the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama. Before this position, she worked at UNICEF Headquarters in New York as Protection of the Rights of the Child Officer and as Program Officer responsible for the Human Rights Group in the Policy and Practice Division. Nadine Perrault served as UNICEF Representative in El Salvador. Before her appointment in Cameroon, she held the same position in Guinea-Bissau. Ms Perrault brings more than twenty-five years of significant experience in various capacities.
Nadine Perrault has a background in the field of Law, with a specialization in Child Protection and expertise in, human rights and gender




Olivier Guillaume Beer

Olivier Guillaume Beer

UNHCR
Representative
Before taking up office as UNHCR’s Representative in Cameroon in May 2020, Mr Beer, from 2016, was the Deputy Representative for the UNHCR operation in DR Congo which is host to more than half a million refugees and an additional 4.5 million internally displaced persons within the country. With more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations Refugee Agency, he has an excellent mastery of the humanitarian sector having successfully served in different operations in Africa and beyond. Before joining UNHCR, Olivier Guillaume Beer had worked for the Belgian Interior Ministry, as Commissioner for Refugees and Statelessness and also for the Belgian Development and Cooperation Agency in Angola.
Paul Coustère

Paul Coustère

UNESCO
Representative
 
 
 
Director of the Multisectoral Regional Office for Central Africa in Yaoundé (Cameroon) and UNESCO Representative to Cameroon, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe.
Prior to his appointment he was Deputy Director of IIEP. Economics of education, education sector analysis, sample surveys on learning outcomes. As Deputy Director of IIEP, Paul Coustère has contributed to the achievement of the Institute's goals and objectives, notably through the promotion of an integrated approach to capacity development, which includes training, research and technical assistance in the field of educational policy-making, planning and management.
Mr. Coustère began his career as an educational economist. His first area of specialisation was the design and analysis of sample surveys of learning outcomes. He first worked in Washington DC as an in-house consultant for the World Bank, then in Dakar as Head of the Programme for Educational Systems Analysis (PASEC) of the Conference of Ministers of Education of French-speaking countries (CONFEMEN).
In 2000, he joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of the Office of Basic Education and Literacy. He was involved in the launch of the Fast-Track Initiative (now GPE, Global Partnership for Education) during the French Presidency of the G8 in 2002-2003. He also led the deliberations with UNESCO to create the Pôle de Dakar (Senegal), a platform of expertise in education policy analysis, which is now part of the IIEP, becoming its first coordinator in 2004.
From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Coustère was Head of the Education and Training Division (AFD, 2009) and coordinated the French Secretariat of the G20 Development Working Group during the French G20 Presidency (MAE, 2011). From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Coustère was Head of the Country Support Team at the GPE Secretariat in Washington DC.
Beyond his responsibilities, Mr. Coustère analysed developments in the field of education economics, participated in the development of education sector analysis tools and contributed to the operationalisation of the post-2015 education agenda.
Academically, Mr. Coustère is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure (Paris). He holds an Academic Degree of Aggregate in Economic and Social Sciences, a master’s degree in Tropical Geography, and another master’s in international Relations from the Sorbonne University, Paris I.
Raymond Tavares

Raymond Tavares

UNIDO
Representative
 
Raymond Tavares has over 25 years work experience in innovation management, technology development, quality infrastructure for international trade and development. Tavares holds a PhD in Industrial Economics and a Masters on Innovation Management.
In recent years, Raymond Tavares has managed projects and programmes aiming at assisting UNIDO member states in their inclusion process in the NIR and the future of manufacturing. Since 2020, Raymond Tavares is the UNIDO Representative in Cameroon and Central African countries.
Silvia Gallo

Silvia Gallo

UNOPS
Head of Office
 
In December 2019, Silvia Gallo, of Italian nationality, opened the new UNOPS office in Yaoundé. The office represents UNOPS in Cameroon as part of the Sub-Regional Unit based in Kinshasa. Mrs Gallo got a background in architecture and urban planning from the University of Florence, Italy, and the University of Polytechnic of Mons in Belgium. She started her international career 15 years ago, and before her assignment in Cameroon, she was based in Suva, representing UN-Habitat in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. She has also represented UNOPS in the Central African Republic. Her work has revolved around integrated urban and rural development projects and the reinforcement of resilience in contexts characterized by violence and extreme poverty (slums). She has further been involved in peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, climate change, community capacity building, and the full range of infrastructure projects, including WASH.
Wanja Kaaria

Wanja Kaaria

WFP
Representative
Ms. Wanja Kaaria is the Representative & Country Director of the World Food Programme in Cameroon. Prior to this appointment, Wanja served with WFP as Representative & Country Director in The Gambia, from 2018 - 2020. She was also the Deputy Director of WFP - Africa Office to the African Union and UNECA in Addis Ababa (2014-2018). She also served WFP in a variety of other capacities since joining the organization in 1997; as Deputy Country Director of WFP, Senegal (2011-2014); Global Lead - Food Security Monitoring Analysis based in Rome (2008-2011) and Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, southern Africa based in Johannesburg (2002-2008). She has also worked in South Sudan, Somalia, and western Tanzania with the refugee operation (1997-2002). Before joining the UN, she served the Kenyan Government (Ministry of Lands & Housing) & with the Local Government for over six years. Ms. Kaaria holds an Msc. in Development Planning and Management from the University of Dortmund-Germany, & University of Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana.