Mr. Babacar Cissé, a national of Senegal and an HC Pool member, was the DSRSG/RC/HC for Côte d’Ivoire from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York (2009-2013). Before these positions, Mr. Cissé was Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso (2007-2009), served briefly as an Acting Director of the Eastern and Central Africa Cluster (2003) and Deputy Director of West & Central Africa Cluster (2004) before returning to the field as UNDP Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2007). He was appointed in UNDP as a Country Programme Advisor (2001-2003) and was Country Director a.i. for the Eastern and Central Africa Cluster (2000-2001). Mr. Cissé was also assigned to UNDP Headquarters to serve as Coordinator for the Countries in Special Development Circumstances Unit in the Regional Bureau for Africa (1998-2000). Earlier in his career, he served as a Programme Advisor in Madagascar (1987-1991), Deputy Resident Representative in Benin (1991-1994) and Deputy Resident Representative in Rwanda, 1994-1998.
Mr. Fadil was appointed as UNICEF Representative in Sudan in June 2016. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of the UN Humanitarian Monitoring Mechanism for Syria and has substantial experience working with the United Nation in different assignments and duty stations. He previously worked in Sudan as the Chief Human Resources for UNMIS, and as the Head of Office in South Darfur. Mr. Fadil holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management as well as in Industrial Relations.
Adjaratou Fatou Ndiaye, a Senegalese national, has held the position of UN Women Country Representative in Sudan since July 2018. Prior to moving to Sudan, she was the Deputy Representative of the UN Women Country Office in Nigeria. She has long time experience working on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and considers herself as a member of the Women’s Movement in Africa. She also worked as Program Manager with UN Women in Uganda, and before joining UN Women in Senegal as Programme Officer, she was working with national and international NGOs such as, Oxfam GB, CONGAD and Aid Transparency. Her academic background is in law, she holds a diploma from Facultés de Droit, Universités de Montpellier et Lyon, France.
Director ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South-Sudan and Special Representative to the AU and UN ECA
Alexio, a national of Zimbabwe, has more than 20 years of experience of international development work across several countries in Africa. As ILO Representative, Alexio currently manages and leads ILO country programmes in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, and also serves as the ILO Special Representative to the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa. Having started his UN career in 1998 at the ILO Regional Office for Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Alexio has represented the ILO across several countries in East and Southern Africa
Mr. Uras has been UN Environment’s Sudan Country Programme Manager since July 2017. He started working for the UN in Turkey in 2006, then he worked as a Governance Officer in UNEP/MAP Secretariat in Athens, and as Assistant Resident Representative (Programme) of UNDP Turkey. Prior joining the UN, he worked with NGOs such as WWF. He holds a Master’s Degree in Coastal Engineering and Coastal Zone management with more than 20 years of experience in environmental governance, sustainable development, and climate change adaptation.
During his 30-year UN career, Mr. Axel Bisschop has served in New York, Geneva as well as multiple field duty stations. Before his current position, Mr. Bisschop served as Head of UNHCR's Office in Copenhagen. Previously, he held the position of Deputy Director in the Regional Bureau for Africa situated in UNHCR HQ, Geneva. Mr. Bisschop has also served as UNHCR Head of Humanitarian Financing in the Division of External Relation. In earlier positions, he worked with UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as the Head of the Programmes in the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Prior to this, he served for UNHCR in Sri Lanka. During 1994-2000, Mr. Bisschop worked with UNHCR in various capacities in the Former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia. Mr. Bisschop is a Swedish national and holds a Master of Science. He is married and has two children.
Mr. Ahmadu assumed duties as FAO Representative in Sudan in June 2017. He joined FAO in 2008 as Representative to The Republic of Gambia, he also served as FAO Representative in Namibia. Before joining the UN, Mr. Ahmadu started his career with the Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative and Rural Development Bank, then as a Lecturer at the Universities of Maiduguri – Nigeria and Zambia. Mr. Ahmadu served in the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa as the Pioneer Director of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture. He holds a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to her current position as the UNV Country Coordinator, Ms. Sharief worked with UN Women on the women economic empowerment portfolio in Sudan and served many different international organizations besides UN Agencies such as UNDP as a Project Manager and Capacity Development Officer; DFID, FCO, and the British Embassy in Khartoum as a Program Officer; Care International USA as a Program and Information Officer; and Near East Foundation as a Program Coordinator.
Ms. Catherine Northing is the Chief of Mission for the IOM in Sudan. Ms. Northing brings in over 20 years of international development experience working in executive leadership positions for six years in Rwanda and Yemen as well as significant programmatic and development expertise working for the United Nations and Non-Government Organizations in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. Ms. Northing holds a Master of Development Studies and a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations (with honours).
Ms. Cristina Albertin is the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa. With a UN career spanning 28 years, Ms. Albertin joined UNODC in 1994, serving in different capacities in Peru and in Headquarters in Vienna before becoming a UNODC Representative in Bolivia, South Asia, and Nigeria. Before joining UNODC, she worked with the World Food Programme in Bolivia.
Dr. Nuru assumed his duties as Representative and Country Director of WFP in Sudan August 2019. Prior to his current appointment, he was with the Representative and Country Director of WFP India July 2015 to July 2019. Prior to WFP, Hameed was the Global Alliance Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) from 2009 – 2014, as the Senior Director Policy & External Affairs, he also managed the Africa and India offices. From 2006 – 2008, he worked with the African Union - Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) based out of Nairobi, Kenya as the Senior Policy Officer Livestock & Fisheries.
More than 18 years’ professional experience in urban and regional planning, urban development, housing, land and property rights (HLP), disaster risk management and emergency response including 6 years’ experience in Japan and 12 years with the UN-Habitat in challenging and/or crisis-affected field environment including Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Represented UN-Habitat HQ as a Sector Leader of Housing and Land in the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) team in Moldova and in Cape Verde. Ph.D. of Engineering (urban and regional planning/disaster risk management), Chartered Town Planner of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in the U.K. and the First Class Architect in Japan.
Mr. Massimo Diana is the UNFPA representative in Sudan. During his time in Sudan he has fought for gender equality, led the effort to end FGM and supported youth activists. He serves as the communications chair of the UN agency system in Sudan and has served as the acting resident and humanitarian coordinator. Massimo has dedicated his life to humanitarian initiatives and has led large scale programs in post-conflict zones. Previously, he held leadership roles in Syria and Nepal with a specific focus on coordinating structures in emergencies, as well as crisis & change management. Massimo has also worked in Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslav countries. He is fluent in English and Italian, has mid-level proficiency of Bosnian/Croatian, and has a basic command of French.
Milena Stefanova, a Bulgarian national, is the Country Manager for Sudan.
She joined the World Bank in 2005 in the Legal Vice Presidency. She has since held a number of positions, including Governance Specialist with the Justice Reform Group in Washington, D.C. and Vanuatu, East Asia and Pacific Region, and Senior Operations Officer with the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group in Washington, D.C. Her most recent assignment was as Conflict Prevention and Resilience Adviser for Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan, based in Addis Ababa.
Stefanova holds a LLM degree in Public International Law from the of University of Helsinki, a post-graduate degree in English and European Law from University of Cambridge, and a Master of Laws from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Mr. Mohamed Elsayed Abdelmomen currently serves as UNIDO’s Country Representative for Sudan and brings in more than 20 years of professional experience in international development and humanitarian assistance. Prior to joining UNIDO, Mohamed worked for ACORD (UK based Charity) Ockenden International (UK based Charity), UNMIS and UNDP. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Development) from Sudan University of Science & Technology, MBA from University of Juba, Sudan and B.Sc. (General) in Management Studies from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Mohammed Zaher is the IMF Resident Representative for Sudan. He joined the IMF’s Executive Board in 2010 as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director. In 2014, he became the lead desk on Yemen, and later on Bahrain. Between 2006 and 2010, he was Senior Manager at the National Bank of Kuwait. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at the Central Bank of Jordan. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Kansas State University in 2004.
Dr Nima Saeed Abid is a physician in the field of epidemiology. He previously served as the representative of the World Health Organization, the polio team leader in Syria and Pakistan, and deputy senior coordinator of the polio programme in Pakistan. He also held the position of Director General of Public Health and Primary Health Care at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Dr Nima holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from "Basra University", and a fellowship in Community Medicine (Iraqi Board).
Ms. Emerson assumed her duties as OCHA Head of Office in Sudan in September 2018. Most recently, she served at OCHA’s Headquarters as the Section Chief for Middle East and North Africa after a stint in South Sudan and Yemen. She has been serving with the United Nations since 1993 in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University with an extensive field experience managing humanitarian responses.
Mr. Kroupkine assumed his duties as UNESCO Representative in Sudan in May 2015. He began his professional career in 1986 as a Researcher in the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). From 1997, He worked as a business consultant with SAP Moscow, then, he progressed to the position of Deputy Consulting Director, responsible for project delivery, project portfolio management, risk and crisis management. In June 2002, he joined UNESCO as Chief of the Informational Systems Section.
In his current position as IFAD Country Director, Mr. Ahmed is responsible for IFAD's program in Sudan, developing future projects and strategies and supervising development operations and budgets, and keeping good partnerships with policy makers, donors and other partner organizations. Being a Civil Engineer (PhD) by profession with almost thirty years of work experience, Mr. Ahmed has worked in more than 25 countries for different international development organizations. He holds a Diploma (2005) from Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Mr. Yuri Afanasiev is UNDP’s Resident Representative in Sudan, having spent his 32-year development and crisis-response career addressing critical needs around the world.
Prior to his current position Mr. Afanasiev served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. Earlier, he served in UNDP’s New York Headquarters as Senior Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS covering 24 countries in the region including Central Asia. Mr. Afanasiev has led large-scale crisis response efforts as UNDP Coordinator for the Response to the Asian Tsunami in 2004-5, Somalia in 2012 and as the Typhoon Yolanda Response Coordinator in the Philippines in 2013 – and coordinated the UN response to the 2014 Balkan floods, and 2018 Kerala floods in India.
Mr. Afanasiev has also served as Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the conflict and Deputy Director at Inter Agency Procurement Services Office. Additionally, across a range of UN entities and development organisations, Mr. Afanasiev has undertaken roles in the United States, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Cuba, and holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).