Charaf Ahmimed, Programme Specialist/Head of Social and Human Science Unit

Charaf Ahmimed has more than 16 years of work experience in public policy and social development, and extensive field research on youth development and inclusion. Mr Ahmimed is currently the Head of the Social and Human Sciences Sector with UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has also managed UNESCO programmes in Southeast Asia (2010-2014) and Central America (2014-2016). Mr Ahmimed was Senior Programme Officer with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2004 to 2010. He was responsible for the Peace, Conflict and Development Programme in the Middle East and West Africa. Mr Ahmimed has also worked at Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Council of Europe (CoE).

Mr Ahmimed obtained a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Laval University (Canada), and a B.A. in Communication and Politics from the University of Montreal (Canada). He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology of the University of Cape Town.

His recent publications include: Intercultural dialogue as a tool for youth inclusion (approved 2018), Youth perspectives on relevance of education in Southern Africa (2018), Masculinities in Latin America (2016), Youth political participation in Costa Rica (2015), Role of media in the promotion of sustainable development and culture of peace (2015), and Public policies and social inclusion in South-East Asia (2014).

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.

Debra Mwase, Consultant

Ms Debra Mwase joined the Social and Human Science unit in 2016. She has implemented successful projects on youth development, gender equality and intercultural dialogue in Southern Africa. Debra has also worked with various NGOs in Zimbabwe from 2008 to 2015. Her work includes advocacy and lobbying for women’s rights as well as environmental justice for women. From 2004-2006 Debra was an active member of the Harare Youth Empowerment Project which was aimed at transforming conflictual relationships among young people using sustained dialogue. Debra was chosen to be one of the international fellows at the Kettering Foundation (Ohio), where she undertook research on sustained dialogue and deliberative democracy. Between 2009 and 2010 Debra was awarded the King’s College London Women, Peace and Security Fellowship. At King’s College Debra undertook research on UNSCR 1325 and Natural Resource Conflict in Southern Africa.

Debra holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree and a Masters in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe.

Tina Magazzini, Programme Officer

Tina Magazzini is a political scientist who in October 2017 joined UNESCO’s team, where she focuses on knowledge production, policies and cooperation in the fields of migration, rights and inclusion.

She carried out her PhD at the Central European University and at University of Deusto, with a secondment at the University of Sussex, in the framework of the European funded programme ‘Integration and international migration: pathways and integration policies’ (INTEGRIM) in the Working Package “Identity and cultural integration”.

Prior to joining UNESCO, she worked with a number of NGOs and the European Commission in the areas of social inclusion, policy analysis, indigenous and minority rights in Portugal, Italy, the US, Guatemala, Belgium, Hungary and Spain. She received the MCAA Social Impact Award 2017, granted by the Marie Curie Alumni Association to the researcher whose activity has a positive social impact.

Amal Sabrie, Consultant

Amal Sabrie is a Consultant for the Social Human Sciences unit at the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa. She received her BA Honours in Psychology at the University of Waterloo and is currently in the process of completing an MSc in International Development with the University of Birmingham.

Amal spent her college years participating in numerous anti-oppressive campaigns namely divesting from fossil fuels, promoting women and LGBTQ rights, and facilitating campus dialogues on race. Amal also interned at the United Nations Population Fund in Madagascar as part of her cooperative studies. She worked under the Sexual Reproductive Health unit. She plans on honoring her dedication to social justice, non-violence, and dialogue by joining UNESCO. Amal's responsibilities in the Social Human Sciences (SHS) department include development of projects to be implemented by SHS with a focus on programmes related to youth, gender and women's rights, and study the state of research to date on social transformations in the southern African region.

Tapuwa Roy Mukwena, Volunteer

Tapuwa Roy Mukwena is a motivated and eager-to-learn student from Bindura University of Science Education (Zimbabwe). He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Peace and Governance Studies. For 1 year he will be volunteering at UNESCO ROSA Social and Human Science Sector. He is a gender activist, and he holds an Anti-GBV Ambassador certificate which he was awarded in 2016. He is supporting the Social and Human Sciences Unit on work related to intercultural dialogue, gender equality as well as visibility of the Unit’s activities and results.

Nadia Jeiroudi, Intern

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

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California (USA), Santa Barbara in the USA with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Relations. She also 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 an intern, she is enthusiastic to learn all about the internal mechanisms of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, as well as help facilitate projects on the rights of migrants and their inclusion and the rights of women with disabilities.

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