Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, UNICEF Somalia Representative
Mr. Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya is the UNICEF Representative in Somalia where he is responsible for the leadership and management of the country programme. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ayoya served as UNICEF Representative in South Sudan (2019-2021), in Zimbabwe (2016-2019) and in Guinea (2013-2016), where among other priorities, he played a critical role in leading UNICEF’s response to emergencies, including cholera and Ebola outbreaks and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Ayoya first joined UNICEF in 2006 as a nutrition specialist in the regional office for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal, covering 24 countries. He has since worked in the nutrition programme in Sierra Leone, India, and Haiti, where he also headed UNICEF’s child survival and development programme and was responsible for developing child survival strategies. He also served as UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Haiti.
Dr. Ayoya is a national of Mali. He holds a medical doctor (MD) degree from the School of Medicine of Mali and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in nutrition from Cornell University in the United States of America.