Etona Ekole is the UNICEF Representative in Guinea-Bissau since August 2021. She has over 28 years of experience in the promotion and protection of the rights of children across various country and operational contexts.
In Guinea-Bissau, she is responsible for advocating for the realisation of child rights and improved development outcomes for children with national authorities, donors, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, parents and caregivers, religious and traditional leaders. She provides leadership and managerial oversight of the UNICEF country office in Guinea-Bissau, including in resource and partnership mobilisation for children. In this regard, she coordinates closely with other UN agencies and development partners to attain the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Etona Ekole is a national of Cameroon and holds degrees in the fields of Human Resource Development, Development Studies and International Relations. Her previous postings were in the State of Palestine, Yemen, Chad, Haiti, UNICEF New York Headquarters and in Cameroon.