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. 


Mellisa Muchena - CLT Programme Assistant, Harare Office

Mellisa Muchena joined UNESCO in 2018, after completing her Masters Degree in Media and Cultural studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal, where she specialized in digital media and hashtag activism. Before joining UNESCO Ms Muchena was involved in advocacy work at South African based non-profit, South African Against Drunk Driving (SADD). Although her background is vested in Communications, she has been involved with community development in Pietermaritzburg since 2016, where she gained experience in managing and coordinating various programs. Her work at SADD also provided her with the opportunity to engage and create a rapport with government departments and the youth. Ms Muchena was also active in training university students on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse and managed the SADD brand through her media work in social media and web management. She was also the organization’s focal point for any public relations issues. Based on this experience she managed to elevate her position of tutor at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) to junior lecturer. During her tenure at UKZN she taught modules for Strategic Corporate Communication, at an undergraduate and Honors level. In addition to teaching she supervised all the Strategic Corporate Communication students at Honors level, which enhanced her researching and analytical skills.


Nomsa Chipokore - volunteer

Nomsa Chipokore is a dedicated, passionate and willing to learn undergraduate student with Midlands State University. She is studying towards a Bachelor Of Arts In Development Studies Honours Degree. For a year she will be volunteering at UNESCO ROSA Culture Sector. During her period at UNESCO, Nomsa seeks to learn and better her knowledge in every aspect whilst doing her part to development in the organization. She is passionate about helping people so that thy will be able to help themselves, hence this UNESCO volunteer ship serves to give her the perfect opportunity to specialize in this domain. As a development practitioner she says, ‘’we are nothing without our culture hence every development starts with our roots.’’


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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