On 1 January, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Amanda Khozi Mukwashi of Zambia as UN Resident Coordinator in Lesotho. Edward Kallon of Sierra Leone has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, effective 6 January.
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, UK, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia.
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, explains the UN, has spent more than 25 years of her career in public service, working at the intergovernmental and non-governmental levels on issues related to poverty reduction and the fight against injustice and inequality, in senior positions at the United Nations (UN) and other organisations. In her UN roles, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi worked for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Germany as Head of the Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section and as Head of the Advisory Services Section. She has also worked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zambia on gender, population and development programmes in the country.
Former CEO of Christian Aid
Prior to joining the UN, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi was the Executive Director of Christian Aid, an international non-governmental organisation working in development and humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Prior to this, she held senior positions with the international non-profit organisation Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO International), as well as with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Zambia.
A published author and award-winning executive director, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is also a board member of the UK think tank Demos and an ambassador for Thursdays in Black, an awareness-raising campaign by the World Council of Churches against gender-based violence.
Member of several boards
In addition, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi has been a board member of the UK’s International Development Network (BOND), Chair of Akina Mama wa Afrika, a pan-African feminist organisation, and a board member of the UK’s Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC).
Edward Kallon, over 30 years of public service
Edward Kallon, explains the UN, has spent more than 30 years of his career in public service, working in complex emergency, transition and development contexts, in low- and middle-income countries affected by conflict and in non-conflict settings, both at the UN and in other organisations. In his most recent role at the UN, Edward Kallon served as Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, after having served as Resident Coordinator in Jordan. He has also held senior positions with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Somalia and Uganda.
Edward Kallon began his UN career as a UN Volunteer with WFP in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the UN, Edward Kallon worked in his home country of Sierra Leone as a socio-economist and community development coordinator for GTZMANR, a bilateral technical cooperation project, and as an income generation project coordinator for the international non-profit organisation Plan International.
Edward Kallon holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies with a specialisation in Agricultural and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone.