Our Team in Namibia

Ms. Hopolang Phororo

Hopolang Phororo

UN Resident Coordinator
Prior to her appointment as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Phororo served as Director in the Country Office for Zimbabwe and Namibia for more than seven years with the International Labour Organization (ILO). She was the ILO Deputy Director in the Country Office for Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda; and in the Regional Office for Africa, as the Youth Employment Specialist and Decent Work Focal Point Officer.

Before joining the UN system in 2003, she worked in Namibia as a Researcher at the Namibia Economic Policy Research Unit. In Lesotho, as National Project Officer at UN Development Programme and prior to that, as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Southern African Studies and as Marketing Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Hopolang Phororo has written and published several working papers and selected articles and chapters in books on HIV/AIDS, youth employment and agricultural marketing topics, including an inspirational book titled “Joy Comes in the Morning”. She is an advocate for gender-based violence and is passionate about leadership and empowering women and youth.

She obtained her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University. She holds an honor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa.
Rachel Odede

Rachel Odede

UNICEF Representative
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.
Ms. Alka Bhatia

Alka Bhatia

UNDP Representative
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.
Dr. Alti Zwandor

Alti Zwandor

Country Director
Dr Alti Zwandor is a Public Health Specialist with with over 36 years public health and development work experience in developing settings in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. A national of Nigeria, Dr Zwandor started her development work in the early 1980s with the Plateau State Ministry of Health where she was clinician in government and mission hospitals.
Bernadette Mutakale Muteshi

Bernadette Mutakale Muteshi

UNHCR Head of Mission
Bernadette Muteshi, is the Senior Legal Officer, heading the UNHCR Office in Namibia. She is a graduate of International Law and Diplomacy, and has a cumulative total of over 18years UN working experience, across 13 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
She is a Kenyan national.
Dr. Sagoe Moses Charles

Dr Charles Sagoe Moses

Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses has an extensive medical background and has worked with the World Health Organization across Africa.
Florence Ntombesibini Situmbeko

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 Fedha

George Fedha

Country Director
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.
Moussa-Elkadhum, B. Djaffar

Moussa-Elkadhum B. Djaffar

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.