Niels Scott has more than 25 years of experience in international cooperation, development coordination, humanitarian assistance, crisis management and peacebuilding support, which he has acquired at the United Nations and externally. At the UN, he most recently served as Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator in Burundi, after occupying a similar position in Indonesia and serving as the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia. He also held leadership positions with OCHA, including Head of Office in Libya and Côte d'Ivoire, Acting Head of Office in Haiti and Chief of the Humanitarian Coordination Support as well as the Disaster and Vulnerability Policy sections respectively. With the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), he served as Head of the Regional Office for Darfur and Head of the OCHA Darfur Cell. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Scott worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for 15 years. Mr. Scott has a degree in social science and politics from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Stephen Rodriques (Jamaica) is the newly appointed UNDP Resident Representative for Liberia.
Prior to this appointment he has served as UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda form 2019 – 2020.
Stephen has also served as Country Director for UNDP Rwanda (2015-2018) and was
UNDP Deputy Country Director in Indonesia (2010-2015).
From 2005-2010, he worked as Programme Advisor in the Operations Support
Group/Executive Office in UNDP New York.
Rodriques was also Head of the Governance and Poverty Unit in UNDP Jamaica (2002-
2005) and a part-time Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West Indies
Prior to joining UNDP, Stephen occupied various positions in the Jamaican Government, serving as Director of Social Policy in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development (1999-2000) as well as Head of Planning and Development in the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (1996-1999), and Assistant to the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (1993-1995).
The UNDP Liberia Resident Representative holds a master’s degree in business administration from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and both a Master of Philosophy in Government and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. He speaks English and Spanish.
Ms Pepukai Chikukwa joined the UN in Liberia as Country Director for UNAIDS from September 2020. She has over 28 years professional experience in health and HIV having also held senior positions in government (Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe), civil society organizations (International HIV/AIDS Alliance now Frontline AIDS in UK) and UN (UNICEF in Zimbabwe and UNAIDS in Malawi, Eswatini and Lesotho).
She has led high level multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational task teams for large scale projects, both with UNAIDS and Frontline AIDS where amongst others she led in development of corporate accountability systems. Ms Chikukwa has also played instrumental roles in development of UNDAFs, specifically leading the inter-agency team in Eswatini.
Ms Chikukwa has worked in 5 countries and provided direct technical assistance in more than 20 countries. She holds a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from University of Pretoria, an MSc in Development Management from Open University - UK and a BSc in Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Zimbabwe.
Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba joined UNOPS in August 2018 as Anglophone West Africa Hub Director/Representative (Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone). She is a development specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in public health, development communication, social marketing and advertising. Ifeoma spent several years (2009-2018) with ActionAid and held a variety of roles in Nigeria, Haiti, and Senegal where she was ActionAid Country Director. Before that she served as Head of Governance, Policy and Partnerships for WaterAid Nigeria (2005 -2009). Prior to WaterAid, Ifeoma worked for Nigeria’s foremost public health NGO, the Society for Family Health (SFH) and in the private sector for a leading Nigerian advertising agency. Ifeoma also has mutli-disciplinary training in various areas related to gender and women development, international law, human resource management, and international health and population studies.
Mohamed Cherif Diallo
Program Manager and Country Focal Point
Mohamed Cherif Diallo is a bilingual (French and English) global development, program and project management professional with over 9 years of experience in conflict zones stabilization with the United Nations system and UN Agencies. Before joining IOM in Liberia in 2019 as Program Manager and Country Focal Point, Mohamed Cherif has served IOM in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as Deputy Head of Office and Project Coordinator where he oversees the implementation of several conflict stabilization project in coordination with the DRC Government and implementing partners. Mohamed Cherif started his United Nation’s career in 2013 with the United Nations Stabilization Mission for the Democratic Republic as an information analyst and program manager within the Department of Political Affairs/JMAC. He later joined IOM in 2015. His work in the Eastern DRC helped contributed to the restoration of peace and security in many conflict zones within the United Nations Peace-building Framework in the Central Africa Great Lakes Region
David Dorkenoo is currently the Officer-in-Charge of the ILO Country Office in Abuja covering Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He holds a master’s degree in development studies with Specialization in Employment and Labour Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherland in 1999 and bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ghana in 1993. I joined the ILO in March 2017 as ILO ACTRAV Specialist for Workers Activities covering Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Prior to joining the ILO, I have worked with the Public Services International as the Regional Secretary for Africa and Arab Speaking Countries in the Regional Office in Lome, Togo for almost 7 years. I have also worked with Ghana Trades Union Congress in various capacities. I was the Principal of Ghana Labour College and also taught as Part-Time Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana from 2001 to 2009.
I am certified trainer and coach from John Maxwell Training Team. My interest and competency areas include Industrial Relations, Leadership, Negotiations Skills Development; Mediation and Arbitration and International Labour Standards.
Dr Clement Lugala Peter (MD, MPH, FAIH) is the WHO Representative for Liberia. He was assigned to Liberia after serving as the Officer in-charge for the WHO country office in Nigeria for 16 months.
Prior to assuming the responsibility of the officer in charge in Nigeria, Dr Clement was the Team Lead for the WHO Health Emergencies Program in Nigeria.
Dr Clement has been in Liberia as senior technical officer with the WHO country office for a period of over 10 years and overseeing the
Disease Prevention and Control and WHO Emergency programs.
He is a Public Health Expert with nearly 20 years’ experience and brings a wealth of experience in Public health.
Regional Representative, Ghana and Liberia
Mr. Fakhruddin Azizi brings experience spanning over 23 years in the field of humanitarian and development programmes with different UN agencies and international organisations. Mr. Azizi worked as UNIDO Representative for the Philippines from March 2014 to August 2017 and in Afghanistan as Head of UNIDO from May 2008 to February 2014. He also worked with UNDP as Assistant Country Director a.i. and Senior Program Officer from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Azizi was also Head of Operations and Deputy Director of the UN funded Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan based in Pakistan from 1997 to 2003. Before joining the UN, he worked as Deputy/Acting Regional Director of the Swedish Committee from 1993 to 1996 based in Pakistan and then Afghanistan. He has an MA in Management and has also obtained his second MA in the field of Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development from University for Peace, a UN Mandated University. He is married with four children.
Jesus AGUILAR CEREZO
Regional Programme Coordinator
Mr. Jesus AGUILAR CEREZO is currently serving as WACI Regional Programme Coordinator for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in West Africa.
Mr. Aguilar has over 20 years of progressively experience in providing policing expertise and technical services to enhance intelligence collection and analysis, surveillance, investigations, tactical operations and international coordination for Law Enforcement Agencies. He has also provided technical assistance with the aim of planning, designing and managing appropriate measures to address the drugs and crime situation and providing technical advice, support and coordination with regards to a broad range of specialized training activities for Law Enforcement Agencies, aimed at strengthening the expertise, operations and investigations.
Mr. Aguilar has worked for United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) as a Counter Narcotics and Organized Crime Advisor. Prior to that, he worked for the Spanish Army and for the Spanish National Police as a Chief Inspector.
Mr. Aguilar holds a master’s degree in criminology from Salamanca University, Spain and a master’s degree in Archaeology from Alcala de Henares University, Spain.
Ms. Hershey has 30 years of international development and humanitarian experience. Ms. Hershey recently completed her assignment as Senior Advisor on UN Development System Reform in New York. Prior to this, she served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia. She served as Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Maseru, Lesotho. Ms. Hershey also served as the WFP Representative and Country Director in Swaziland; Deputy Country Director in Malawi; acting Country Director in Syria (2007); Head of Food Procurement, Refugee Operations and Public Information in Tanzania; WFP Regional Inter-agency Affairs Officer to the Special Envoy, Bureau for East and Southern Africa, Johannesburg (2002-2003) and Programme and Quality Assurances Officer in Ethiopia. Ms. Hershey began her UN career with OCHA as Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Angola (1998-2000). Prior to joining the UN, she served in various senior capacities with NGOs in Africa and the United States. Ms. Heshey holds an M.B.A in Management and B.A. in Economics and Political Science.
Laila O. Gad is UNICEF Representative to Liberia. She served as UNICEF Representative in Oman (2007-2012), Kosovo (2012-2016) and Georgia (2016-2018) respectively, providing overall leadership in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating UNICEF Country Programmes.
Before becoming a Country Representative, she worked with the African Union Commission, based in Addis Abba, Ethiopia providing technical leadership in initiating, preparing, and formulating of programmes, policies and strategies for implementation across Africa; and as a Consultant with the World Food Programme based in Cairo, Egypt. She provided technical support in the design and implementation of a vulnerability and food security analysis of Egypt and Acting Senior Management with the Social Fund for Development (SFD) based in Cairo, Egypt and also provided technical leadership in the design, implementation and evaluation of SFD project activities .Laila has also served in her country (Egypt) in several capacities providing technical leadership and overall program management and coordination and capacity building. Laila is also onetime Director, Development Studies Sector with the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) based in Cairo, Egypt.
She is the holder of a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England, UK. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree in Sociology from the American University, Cairo, Egypt. She served as Regional Advisor, Social and Economic Policy, UNICEF Regional office for West and Central Africa (Senegal).
Lamine Sow has over 25 years of experience in the education sector with more than 18 years in leadership roles as OIC/Senior Education Programme Advisor, UNESCO Abuja Regional Office. Chief of Party and Chief Education Officer across West Africa, including crises and conflict effected environments like Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti and Niger. He started his career in primary education in 2003 with USAID Literacy Enhancement Assistance Program (LEAP) program and since then has worked across early grade reading, teacher training and development, curriculum and textbook development, education policy, school leadership and early childhood development focused programming. In his current and previous roles as a Chief of Party of the USAID, Early Grade Reading Activity in Liberia and Senior Education Advisor with USAID ACCELERE! I-Read Project program in DRC, he provides technical assistance in improving learning outcomes in more than 4,000 primary schools, with special focus on reading in mother tongues.
Lamine started his career as a teacher and later worked inside the Ministry of Education in Guinea. Lamine Sow is a skilled manager, technical expert, and diplomatic leader able to build alliances and achieve results across programming in close collaboration with national and international stakeholders. Overseeing technical implementation, he manages groups of national and international and consultants as large as 250 in the design, development, planning, and implementation of teacher training and early grade reading materials in a variety of local languages, French and English. From 2008-2017 Mr. Sow served in senior education management roles with UNICEF in Togo, Senegal and Niger, focusing on developing new education sector policy and programming in improved access and inclusion, quality education and teaching and learning, policy dialogue and sector coordination. As a part of this, in Senegal, was the design and implementation of an accelerated learning programme for primary school aged out of school children
Lamine holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Education. Fluent in English and French.
Ms. Njie is from The Gambia and has 34 years’ experience working with Rural and Peri-Urban Communities in Agriculture. She holds a Master’s Degree and a post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. Ms. Njie started her professional career working with the Government of The Gambia for 12 years with the Ministry of Agriculture. She joined FAO in 2012 as Assistant FAO Representative in charge of Programme in The Gambia before her appointment as FAO Resident Representative in Liberia in April 2018.
Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Nizigama worked with UNDP in Burundi and Côte d’Ivoire successively as UNDP National Expert in Burundi (2002-2005), Partnership Officer at the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Burundi (2008-2010) and Senior Strategic Planning Advisor, Head of the UN System Coordination Unit and Coordinator of the Peacebuilding Programme in Côte d’Ivoire (2010-2017). Ms Nizigama served also for her Government at a high-level post as Minister of Development Planning and National Reconstruction, Minister of Transports, Posts and Telecommunications (2005-2007). She began her carrier with the Ministry of Planning in Burundi in 1990 as Economic Advisor (1990-1994), Chief of Technical Cooperation Service (1994-2002). Ms. Nizigama is a national of Burundi. She is the holder of a Master’s in Management and Administration and a Bachelor in Economic Sciences and Administration.
Uchenna Emelonye brings to his position, as Country Representative of OHCHR in Liberia over 25 years of practicing and programming experience as a human rights attorney. Prior to his recent appointment, he was the Country Representative of OHCHR Uganda. Previously, he was the Senior Human Rights Adviser to the UN Country Team (UNCT) Kenya; Judicial Affairs Officer at the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur Sudan (UNAMID); Human Rights Officer at OHCHR Kosovo; and Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). He has also worked in various capacities outside the United Nations system. Uchenna holds a doctorate degree in Human Rights Law (LL.D) from the University of Helsinki Finland; masters degree in Human Rights Law (LL.M) from Central European University Budapest Hungary; masters degree in Law (LL.M) and bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) from Abia State University Nigeria. He is married to Dr. Abigail Uchenna Emelonye and they are blessed with three children.