UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa

  • Covering Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Liaison office for the Southern African Development Community (SADC)


Contact Details:

8 Kenilworth Road, Newlands

P.O. Box HG 435, Highlands



Tel: +263 4 776775/9

E-mail: harare(at)unesco.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/unescoROSA 

Twitter: @unescoROSA

The Director's office

Prof. Hubert Gijzen

Prof. Hubert Gijzen holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, and has an established career of over 34 years in both academics and in international cooperation. Throughout his career, he has lived and worked in various countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, in a range of senior functions as Full Professor and Chair in Universities, as a diplomat, Regional Representative, Team leader, and currently as UNESCO Regional Director and Representative. Besides his current work for UNESCO, he continues to hold academic positions as full Professor at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education (since 1995) and at Wageningen University. Hubert has published over 400 articles and books, and presented numerous keynotes in the fields of water management, microbiology, environmental sciences, biotechnology, and sanitary and environmental engineering. He also covered topics on international cooperation, sustainable development, the MDGs, SDGs and climate change. He served in various international advisory functions and on Boards of prestigious institutes and programmes. 

Hubert Gijzen joined UNESCO in 2006 as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. In 2015, Hubert was appointed as the Regional Director of the newly established UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare (Zimbabwe). He is also the UNESCO Representative to SADC, and he serves on the UN Regional Directors team for Eastern and Southern Africa (UNDG-ESA).

To contact the Director's Office, kindly e-mail Ms. Fridah Manenji: f.manenji(at)unesco.org

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