Antony Akumu Abogi is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Liberia, where he leads the country strategic direction and policy and oversees the country operation’s management, protection, administration, and program delivery.
Before taking up his role as UNHCR’s Representative in Liberia in July 2022, Antony served as Senior Operations Coordinator at the UNHCR Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa office in Dakar, Senegal, overseeing operations in 21 countries. Prior to that he was the Senior Programme Officer at UNHCR Representation in Yaoundé, Cameroon and Senior Project Control Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Antony joined UNHCR in 2005 and has served in several countries and in numerous key positions over the past 17 years. He began his career with UNHCR in Burundi serving as Finance Officer in the UNHCR Representation in Bujumbura and later Administrative and Finance Officer in Muyinga, Burundi. Subsequently, he served as Administrative and Finance Officer in Abeche, Chad and Finance Officer in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Prior to joining UNHCR, Antony worked in several roles in the private and NGO sectors beginning in his native Kenya as Accountant/Auditor at Delloite and Touché, Accountant at Interior Design Ltd, Financial Planner at the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) and Financial Accountant, International Centre for Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE). He then served in the NGO sector with ActionAid in Bujumbura, Burundi as Head of Finance and Administration covering Burundi, Rwanda and Eastern DRC, Acting Country Director, ActionAid Burundi and Head of Finance and Administration, ActionAid West Africa in Banjul, The Gambia, covering The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Senegal.
Antony holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America and a B.A in International Business Administration from the United States International University of Nairobi (USIU-A), Kenya. He is fluent in English, French and Swahili and is keen on humanitarian and benevolent activities. In his free time Antony plays Football and Golf among other sports activities.