Osama Makkawi Khogali: New UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan
Dushanbe, 27 May 2020. Osama Makkawi Khogali has officially taken up duty as the new UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan beginning of 27th May 2020. With the COVID-19 upending the lives of so many children across the world, including in Tajikistan, Mr. Khogali joins in UNICEF office in Tajikistan in particularly important moment, when the agenda for the children’s rights and their well-being has been affected by this pandemic.
“It is a privilege to be assigned to serve in Tajikistan. I have heard great things about this beautiful country, friendliness of the people. I am very much excited and encouraged with the excellent relationship Government of Tajikistan has with the UN Children’s Fund and it is my hope to strengthen this relationship even more during my tenure.” said Mr. Makkawi Khogali.
“It is a privilege to be assigned to serve in Tajikistan. I have heard great things about this beautiful country, friendliness of the people. I am very much excited and encouraged with the excellent relationship Government of Tajikistan has with the UN Children’s Fund and it is my hope to strengthen this relationship even more during my tenure.”
Mr. Khogali brings over 25 years of international experience in both humanitarian response and development contexts, including with UNICEF and the Government of the Netherlands. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from MS University of Baroda, India, and a Bachelor degree in Arts, University of Udaipur, India, and has significant experience in programme design and management, fundraising, and partnership building with local authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, and the donor community.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Khogali served as the 3rd Representative to Montenegro since the country regained independence in 2006. Mr. Khogali also held the posts of UNICEF Representative for the Oman Country Office (2013 to 2017); Deputy Representative for UNICEF Iraq (2009 to 2013); Regional Emergency Specialist for UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (2006 to 2009); and Principal Emergency Coordinator for UNICEF Pakistan (2005 to 2006), beside other positions within Pakistan Country Office (2001 to 2005). As a Sudanese national, Mr. Khogali joined UNICEF in Sudan in 1992 and served there until 1998. Outside UNICEF, served between 1998 and 2001 as Development and Aid Advisor for the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Sudan.
Mr. Khogali is married and a father of four children – Sarah, Samar, Noon and Makkawi. Mr. Khogali is replacing Mr. Luciano Calestini who completed his term with UNICEF Tajikistan in April 2020.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF operates in Tajikistan since 1993.
To receive more information about UNICEF and our work in Tajikistan, please visit https://www.unicef.org/tajikistan/