Prof. Alaphia Wright, a citizen of Sierra Leone, was recalled from retirement in August 2015 and appointed Director a.i. of the UNESCO Liaison Office to the AU Commission and the UNECA; and Representative to Ethiopia. He had retired from UNESCO in September 2013 as the UNESCO Representative to Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland; and the Director of the UNESCO Office in Windhoek. Prior to this he spent six Years coordinating Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) in UNESCO Paris. He holds a B.Sc. (Merit) in Mining Engineering from the University of Zambia; and a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Operations Research in Mine Planning from the Technical University, Clausthal, Germany (1984).
An Engineer turned Operations Researcher / Management Scientist, he is a trained Evaluator and RBM consultant. From 1984 to 2003 he lectured Operations Research and Mine Planning at the University of Zambia (Up to 1987), and at the University of Zimbabwe (1987 -2003); in addition to Project Management in MBA programmes and Systems Thinking and Problem Analysis in the WaterNet M.Sc. programme. He has supervised many MBAs, MSc and PhD research projects in engineering and management.
He has been a team leader or member of some 20 evaluation teams worldwide; a consultant and trainer in planning, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational development for many governments and international organizations. He has served in some 20 Boards of Directors, Management Boards, Technical and Steering Committees in many countries; including the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG). He has been a visiting Professor in Zambia and external examiner in Germany, Ghana, South Africa and Zambia. He was Dean of Engineering, University of Zimbabwe from 1999-2003.
Professor Wright is a strong proponent of the “Systems Thinking Approach” and has authored/co-authored some 100+ publications including five books; the latest being the ground breaking book: ‘The Rule-of-3 in Results-Based Performance Management’ written in 2014 and published in April 2015. He is the Co-Developer of the Dynamic Cone method for Open Pit Mine Design; and the developer of the Systems-ware model of the Logical Framework, and the RBM Logical ScoreCard©.