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)


8 Kenilworth Road, Newlands

P.O. Box HG 435, Highlands



The Director's office

Prof. Hubert Gijzen

Prof. Hubert Gijzen holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology and an MSc and BSc in biology. Hubert has an established career of over 32 years in both academics and in international cooperation. He has worked in academic institutions and universities, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Embassies abroad, in International Institutes and the United Nations (UNESCO).

Throughout his career, he has lived and worked in various countries and regions (Europe, Africa, South America and Caribbean, South Asia, South-East Asia), in a range of senior functions as Full Professor and Chair in Universities, as a diplomat, Regional Representative, Teamleader, and currently as UNESCO Regional Director and Representative. He has implemented short missions to over 100 countries, and has developed and managed large capacity building, research and cooperation programmes and projects in various countries and regions. Besides his current work as a UNESCO Regional Science Bureau Director and Representative, he continues to hold positions as full Professor at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (since 1995) and at Wageningen University. Hubert has published about 400 articles and books, and presented numerous keynotes and conference presentations in the fields of water management, microbiology, environmental sciences, biotechnology, biomedical research, and in sanitary and environmental engineering. He also covered topics on international cooperation, sustainable development, the MDGs, climate change, and on the emerging Post-2015 development agenda. He is a member of several regional and international scientific and technological associations, and he also serves in various international advisory functions and on Boards of prestigious S&T Institutes and programmes. Hubert Gijzen joined UNESCO in 2006 as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, based in Jakarta. Besides, he is the UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste. He also serves as a member of the UN Regional Directors team (UNDG – Asia Pacific), and the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism (ESCAP). Email h.gijzen@unesco.org

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