Damir Dijakovic - Head of Unit, Regional Cultural Advisor

Damir Dijakovic joined UNESCO in 1994. He graduated in Archaeology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1991 and obtained a Masters Degree in Heritage Conservation and Management from the University of Ca'Foscari in Venice, Italy in 2004.

From 1994 until 1997 he served as a programme specialist in culture at the Harare office in Zimbabwe where he covered the area of Southern and Eastern Africa. From 1997 until 2001, he worked as the Deputy Executive Officer at the office of the Assistant Director-General for Culture in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. From March 2001 until July 2009 he worked at the UNESCO Venice office in Italy covering the UNESCO culture activities in South-Eastern Europe. From 2009 he was located at the UNESCO cluster office in Windhoek covering five Southern African countries. In 2014, he was transferred to the newly established UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, as the head of Culture Unit, thus managing UNESCO cooperation and cultural activities in nine countries of the Southern African region.


Yvette Kaboza - Regional Programme Specialist

Yvette Kaboza moved to the field in 2009 after more than a decade of serving the Organisation at the Headquarters in Paris, at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Heritage Centre. Prior to her transfer to Gabon, she was coordinating and promoting the World Heritage Centre’s Biodiversity Conservation projects in the DRC within the Special Unit Team. From 2009 to 2014, she was the UNESCO Libreville cluster office’s culture programme specialist in charge of the implementation of the culture programme in Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome e Principe and Gabon. At this position, she actively contributed to the development of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Regional Strategy for Culture. She also initiated, in 2010, a popular street carnival in Libreville aiming to raise environmental awareness among youth and celebrate the World Environment Day. In 2014, she joined the newly established UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, still as a culture programme specialist.  Yvette Kaboza did her studies in Paris, at the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris) where she graduated in Business Law and Taxation and in Environmental Law. She also studied Intellectual Property in the framework of her Bachelor of Arts degree. 


Memory Zulu-Munyaradzi - CLT Programme Assistant, Harare Office

Memory Zulu-Munyaradzi initially joined the UNESCO Harare Office in 2004 for a period of 5 years were she was working on HIV and AIDS related topics. This gave her an opportunity to develop her skills in project planning and management and led her to contribute to the implementation of activities linking HIV and AIDS & Education in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia & Zimbabwe. In 2015, she reintegrated into UNESCO Harare’s newly established Multisectoral Regional Office. While away from UNESCO, Memory Zulu-Munyaradzi was involved in community development work and completing her Master of Arts Degree in Social Behavioral Studies in HIV & AIDS which she obtained from the University of South Africa’s Sociology department. She attained her BSC Honours degree in Rural and Urban Planning in 2002 from the University of Zimbabwe. Within the Culture Unit, Memory Zulu-Munyaradzi is known for her dedication to work as well on stressing on the cultural dimensions of HIV & AIDS through the promotion of culturally appropriate and gender sensitive initiatives.


Thandiwe Netha - volunteer

Thandiwe Favourite Netha is a motivated and eager-to-learn student from the Lupane State University. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Language and Communication Studies. For 1 year she will be volunteering at UNESCO ROSA Culture Sector. During her period in UNESCO, she hopes to create a career path for herself. As she hopes to write her Bachelor dissertation on Intangible Cultural Heritage, this volunteer ship serves to give her the perfect opportunity to specialise in this domain. With her creative background in singing and dancing, she will be a good and enthusiastic asset to the Unit. 


Under recruitment - CLT National Programme Officer Windhoek Office

Currently under recruitment.



Ofelia Da Silva - CLT National Programme Officer Maputo Office

Ofelia da Silva is studying the Doctorate in Projects Management and Leadership at Atlantic International University, USA. In 2009 she completed Master studies in Cultural Management with focus for music management at the Newcastle University, UK. She holds bachelor since 2006, in Socio-cultural Anthropology, by UNISA, SA and achieved, in 2002, the First Degree in Geography by Eduardo Mondlane University, MZ. Professional position: 2009 to day - National Programme Officer for Culture. From 2000-2009 she performed activities as Regional Culture Assistant. Since recruitment, 1995-1999 she acted as Assistant of the Representative and Documentalist. As a National Programme Officer, she manages UNESCO cultural activities in Mozambique. The key aspect of these activities is human and institutional capacity development of culture and tourism sectors with particular emphasis to the World Heritage conservation processes in Mozambique.

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