Our Team in Namibia
Rachel Odede is the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Namibia, and served as the Resident Coordinator (RC) to Namibia ad interim (a.i.) from April 2018. Rachel Odede has been working for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 25 years across the globe.
David CHIPANTA, an expert in global health, HIV, social protection, and health equity. He has worked on strategic management, economic analysis, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization, social movement building, disability, and senior representation with multilateral agencies and government. David has served as Senior Advisor Social Protection with the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland, and as UNAIDS Country Director for Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia. He also worked with Abt Associates in Bethesda, Maryland, USA as Senior Analyst HIV and Health Systems, with the Catholic Relief Services as AIDS Relief-Co-ordinator for Kenya and Team Leader, Care and support in Nigeria. David co-founded the Network of People living with HIV in Africa (NAP+) and the Network of Zambian People Living with HIV (NZP+). David has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedicine, Global Health Track from the University of Geneva, a master’s in public administration, economics, and International Development from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Economics from San Diego State University. He is from Zambia.
UNAIDS Country Director
A dual citizen of Canada and Togo, Fafa N’KONOU has a strong background in international law and conflict resolution. Her career with UNHCR started in 2010 at the Regional Office for West Africa in Sénégal. She then moved on to country operations in Niger and Côte d'Ivoire. Additionally, she has served as a trainer for peacekeeping operations under the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States. Mrs. N'Konou's experience also includes two years of dedicated service to the government of Quebec in Canada
Ms. Alka Bhatia is a national of India and has 30 years’ experience in poverty alleviation, trade and sustainable development. She has vast experience in providing strategic policy advise on sustainable development to Governments and UN Country Teams.
Florence Ntombesibini Situmbeko
IOM Head of Office
FLORENCE NTOMBESIBINI SITUMBEKO (Ms.) was appointed as IOM Namibia Head of Office in February 2020 up to date. Prior to this appointment Florence worked for the International Detention Coalition (IDC) as the Africa Programme Officer in 2019 where she supported the Africa Regional Coordinator in strengthening the coalition, mapping alternatives to immigration detention, and facilitating regional collaboration on the implementation of alternatives to immigration detention. Florence worked for IOM Namibia for four years under the Counter Trafficking Unit, co-managing counter trafficking projects. Florence started her career as a frontline social worker and as well as a senior social worker where she worked for 12 years at regional and national level for the Namibian Government (Ministry Health and Social Services and Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.) She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in social work from the University of Namibia.
George brings to Namibia over 30 years of experience in development and humanitarian cooperation, partnerships, resource mobilization, strategy and operations, including 15 years in senior leadership positions. A Kenyan national, George holds a PhD in Human and Organisational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Mr. Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum (goes by Moussa) is a national of Comoros and was appointed UNESCO Head of Office and Representative to Namibia and assumed his duties on 4 December 2018. Before joining UNESCO in 1992, Moussa worked for UNFPA. He holds degrees in economics, statistics, demography and public administration and is part of several professional organizations.
Qingyun Diao, a distinguished entomologist from China with a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Entomology from China Agricultural University, has held various significant roles throughout her career. She previously served as the First Secretary/Chief of the Agricultural Office at the Embassy of China in Mexico City. Her career started in 1998 at the Institute of Apicultural Research in Beijing, and she held key positions there until 2010. She was also Chief Scientist for China's National Key Technology Research and Development Programme and Director of the Management Office of China Apiculture Research System. Her impactful career highlights her dedication to entomology and international agricultural cooperation.