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Martin Mogwanja, new UNICEF Representative for Pakistan

Mr. Martin Mogwanja, UNICEF Representative for Pakistan

Islamabad, February 6, 2007: Mr. Martin Mogwanja has assumed charge as the new UNICEF Representative for Pakistan replacing Mr. Omar Ahmed Abdi, who is now UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Mogwanja presented his credentials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday, February 03, 2007.

In addition to attending to the ongoing reconstruction projects in the areas affected by the 2005 Earthquake, Mr. Mogwanja will be leading the current UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation for Pakistan (2004-2008) in partnership with the Government in support of the national health and education programmes for the children and women of Pakistan.
Prior to his new assignment, Mr. Mogwanja has been serving as UNICEF Representative in Uganda since December 2001. In this capacity, he had been responsible for the overall planning, coordination and implementation of a broad range of UNICEF country programmes to improve the status of women and children in Uganda, including a large emergency relief programme in northern Uganda.

Mr. Mogwanja joined UNICEF in 1977 as an Assistant Project Officer in Nairobi, Kenya.  He was reassigned in May 1980 to Mbabane, Swaziland, as Liaison Officer.  In November 1983, he was appointed as Programme Officer in Maseru, Lesotho and also served as Assistant Representative from August 1987 to August 1989.  He served in New York from August 1989 as Senior Programme Officer in the Africa Section, Programme Division, until he was appointed in August 1994 as Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Mogwanja served as UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from July 1999 until his transfer to Uganda in 2001

Mr. Mogwanja is a national of Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (1977), a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Development Studies, and a Diploma of Membership of the Imperial College, London (1983). He is married to Mrs. Pauline Mogwanja and they have three children.



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