Philipp Müller-Wirth, Programme Specialist

Philipp Müller-Wirth began his career at UNESCO Headquarters in 1991 as an Assistant in the Education Sector working on programmes supported by the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. Between 1993 and 2008, he was UNESCO’s focal point for cooperation with the business community and he coordinated flagship partnership programmes with companies such as L’Oreal and Hewlett-Packard.

As Head of the UNESCO Branding and Partnership Unit between 2008 and 2012, he reformed the policy and tools for the use of UNESCO’s name and logo. From 2012, he worked in the UNESCO’s Sport Programme, coordinating the 5th and 6th World Conferences of Sport Ministers (“MINEPS V” and “MINEPS VI”). He chaired the elaboration of the Declaration of Berlin and the Kazan Action Plan, as well as the revised International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport. As Secretary of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (“CIGEPS”) and its diverse constituency of government and civil society stakeholders, he is specialized in sport-related interventions for the achievement of the SDGs.

Philipp holds an MBA in economics, finance and marketing from the University of Cologne, Germany. 

Melody Shereni-Chaitezvi, Programme Assistant

Melody Shereni-Chaitezvi brings into the Unit extensive experience with NGOs and the government of Zimbabwe. Her work includes advocacy and lobbying for women’s rights, child rights, youth and education, and sustainable development. She joined UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa in 2016. Prior to her joining UNESCO, she worked in the Girls Education Challenge programme with CARE International in Zimbabwe. She has well developed skills in gender programming, project planning and management, and providing technical and administrative support to programme implementation. She also worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Zimbabwe-University of California San-Francisco, HIV and AIDS Voluntary counselling and testing research and Community Development Officer with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development.

Melody holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Free State, South Africa and a BSC Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. She also studied Personnel and Human Resources management with the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe.

Carol Mhlanga, Intern

Carol Mhlanga works mainly on the project on “Advancing the rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities”. She also deals with intercultural dialogue, youth and gender issues. She is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Social Work with the University of Zimbabwe and is also corresponding online for a Master’s Degree in Psychology, with the University of South Wales. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. 

Carol has worked for Save the Children International‘s Headquarters in Zimbabwe as a Child Rights Governance Intern. During her placement, she conducted trainings on child rights and specialised in child protection issues, developing a passion for the girl child as well as children with disabilities. Her participation and contribution towards Zimbabwe’s State, Civil Society and Children‘s Reports to the African Union in 2015, also familiarised her with key issues affecting children.

Following the completion of her undergraduate programme, Carol was invited to make a presentation on Parental Discipline, Child Rights and Child Protection in Zimbabwe, based on her research findings at honours degree level. This was at a National Conference on the practical implementation of recommendations by the African Union on Zimbabwe’s commitment to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Shortly after, Carol conducted an Online National Survey and training on Child Protection Policies on behalf of the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children. A human rights advocate at heart; it is her hope that her experience will be valuable towards UNESCO’s programming for women and girls with disability.  

Kudzai Joseph Chokumanyara, Intern

Kudzai Joseph Chokumanyara is a student at the Midlands State University currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Development Studies. He is a youth and gender activist who is passionate about advocating for the advancement of the rights of women and young girls. He is driven by the need to achieve gender equality through dismantling social constructs and cultural beliefs that create harmful masculinity which objectifies and undermines the rights of women. His interests are also in youth empowerment, which he believes can happen through mainstreaming youth issues in all developmental programs and youth inclusion at all levels of decision-making. He has worked with the Harare City Junior Council in 2014 in advocating for Children’s rights. During his one year internship with UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, he will be working with the Social and Human Sciences Unit where he will be devoted towards intercultural dialogue, youth and gender work. 

Nadia Jeiroudi, Consultant

Nadia Jeiroudi joined the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa Social and Human Sciences Unit in February 2018. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (highest Honours) in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Additionally, she studied International Human Rights Law and Global Civil Society at the London School of Economics.

During her undergraduate career, she helped build up a non-profit organization dedicated to providing unconditional aid as a response to the Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis. Alongside, she has been a long-standing advocate for Autism awareness and obtaining justice for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

As a consultant, she is enthusiastic to learn and expand her knowledge on the internal mechanisms of UNESCO, as well as help facilitate projects on the rights of migrants and their inclusion within the region and the rights of women and girls with disabilities.

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