The Director

© UNESCO/Membere Abiey Mr Firmin Matoko is the Director of UNESCO Addis Ababa

Mr. Firmin E. Matoko - Director of the UNESCO Liaison office in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia) since October 1, 2011 Mr. Firmin E. Matoko (born in 1956, the Republic of the Congo), holds a doctorate in Economics (1981, La Sapienza University, Rome), a postgraduate diploma in International Relations (1983, Cesare Alfrieri University, Florence) and a Diplome d’Etudes superieures (1996, Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, Paris) and he is currently working on a Doctorate in Law (Jean Moulin University, Lyon). Prior to joining UNESCO in January 1985, Mr. Matoko worked as a trainer of volunteers with Italian non-governmental organizations dealing with African economic issues. Mr. Matoko joined UNESCO as an Associate Expert in education in UNESCO Office in Dakar (1985-1987). From 1987-1990 he worked as a consultant at Headquarters and in February 1990 he became a Programme Specialist in the Division of Basic Education. In July 1994, Mr. Matoko was promoted to the position of Senior Programme Specialist for Culture of Peace Programme and then transferred to the Division of Education for a Culture of Peace. From October 2000 – March 2003,  Mr. Matoko held a post of Chief of Section for Education for Universal values. In  April 2003, he was appointed Director of the UNESCO Office in Bamako and Representative to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In April 2007, Mr. Matoko was appointed Director of the UNESCO Cluster office in Quito, Equator and UNESCO representative to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

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