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.

 

Anyway Annie Gwete- GZU volunteer Harare Office

Anyway Annie Gwete is a student at Great Zimbabwe University doing a Degree in Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies. She is also a holder of National Diploma in Journalism.  She anticipates that her current studies and background will be of great importance in conducting cultural research initiatives as well as gathering cultural data on sustainable development. She recently joined UNESCO Regional Office as a Volunteer within the Culture Unit for a period of 1 year. She hopes that during this period with UNESCO, she will learn more about developing an appropriate culture for development data collection systems on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and sustainable development.

 

Itai Raymond Chishiri - GZU volunteer Harare Office

Itai Raymond Chishiri is an enthusiastic, motivated and creative third year student at Great Zimbabwe University studying towards a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Development Studies. As part of the learning requirements, he is currently involved in assignments related to Culture and Development issues in the region while attached as a volunteer with UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Culture Unit. Itai seeks to learn and meaningfully contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the AU 2063 Agenda’s full implementation. As he is being mentored into being a Culture and Development expert, he seeks to write a thesis based on the place of culture in fostering the full implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Thomas Maréchal - Flanders Intern

Thomas Maréchal is an ambitious and motivated intern for the Culture Unit at UNESCO’s Southern Africa Regional Office. He recently graduated in European Studies and obtains a Master in Archaeology, both at the University of Leuven. During his bachelor and master in archaeology he did several foreign internships in Cyprus, France, Germany, Romania and Turkey. His internship at UNESCO is for Thomas the perfect opportunity to combine his two masters. During his college years, Thomas was active in the student association of archaeology where he was in charge of the finances. At UNESCO he will work on the Flanders funded projects implementing the 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Under recruitment - CLT National Programme Officer Windhoek Office

Currently under recruitment.

 

 

Annakie Muvangua - CLT Programme Assistant Windhoek Office

Annakie Muvangua graduated from the Namibia University of Science and Technology in 2008 in the field of Travel and Tourism Management. She worked as Tour Consultant at Springbok Atlas Namibia before joining UNESCO Cluster Office in Windhoek in 2011 as a Programme Assistant for the United Nations Joint Programme for Culture and Development (MDG-F). On completion of the MDG- F project in 2013, she assisted the Science Sector as an assistant to the Programme Specialist for Natural Sciences. From July 2014 to to-date, she works as a Culture Programme Assistant, focusing on the implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation of projects. She provides administrative support to the unit by managing the contracts of implementing partners and following up on deliverables. 

 

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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