The Director

Santana Afonso Ana Elisa

Ms Ana Elisa Santana Afonso (Mozambique) was appointed as the Director of UNESCO Liaison Office to AU and UNECA in Addis Ababa and UNESCO Representative to Ethiopia, from 25 June 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in history from the University of Paris VII (1988) and diplomas in advanced international relations from the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (Paris, 2001) and in career development from the University of Dar-es-Salaam (2013).  

Before joining UNESCO, Ms Santana Afonso discharged executive functions at the national level, including as head of the secondary education and educational supervision division in Mozambique’s Ministry of Education. Subsequently, she was Cultural Counsellor in the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Mozambique to UNESCO (1985–1990), and Secretary-General of the Mozambique National Commission for UNESCO (1990-1996). She joined UNESCO in 1996 as Liaison Officer in the Africa Department before becoming Chief of the Section for Coordination and Promotion of Intersectoral Activities in 2006. In 2012, she was appointed Chief of the Partnerships Section in the Department’s Relations with Member States and Partnerships Team at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

In July 2014, Ms Santana Afonso was appointed to the post of Head of the UNESCO Office in Brazzaville and UNESCO Representative to the Republic of the Congo. At the same time, from June 2017 to January 2018, she also served as acting Director of the Multisectoral Regional Office in Central Africa (UNESCO Office in Yaoundé), as well as UNESCO Representative to ten countries in the subregion.  

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