Who is Who

Abdul Rahman Lamin, Programme Specialist

Abdul Rahman Lamin is Social and Human Sciences Specialist at UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya, where he leads the Organization’s social and human sciences activities in the region. Between 2009 and 2013, Dr. Lamin was based at UNESCO Office in Accra, Ghana, where he performed similar functions in West Africa. His responsibilities cover a range of thematic and programme specific areas that straddle the competences of UNESCO, namely; Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information. In addition, Dr. Lamin also plays a significant role in strategically positioning UNESCO within the respective UN structures both at the national and regional levels. In Kenya, he represents UNESCO on the UN Country Team, the management body that brings together Heads of all UN agencies, to among others, coordinate development interventions and support in the country. At the regional level, he also provides strategic leadership by representing UNESCO in the various structures of the Regional UN Development Group for East and Southern Africa, including the Regional Director’s Forum, where he deputizes UNESCO’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.

Before joining UNESCO in 2009, Dr. Lamin was Senior Lecturer in International Relations at University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he taught courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His scholarly publications on Democratization, Peacebuilding, Human Rights and the International Relations of Africa, have appeared in a number of academic and policy-oriented journals. He remains active in academic circles, and currently serves on the Board of the Journal of African Elections, published by the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA).

Between 2000 and 2009, while at Wits University, Dr. Lamin was also a noted media analyst and political commentator, providing regular commentaries and analyses on Africa and global affairs, for leading international, regional and local media houses, including the BBC, CNN, Voice of America, UN Radio, CNBC-Africa, SABC Radio & TV, Power 106 FM Radio in Jamaica and Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, among others. His opinion pieces have also appeared in, among others, publications such as The Washington Post (USA); Athens Messenger (USA); The Mail and Guardian (South Africa); City Press (South Africa); This Day (South Africa); West Africa (UK); Africa Week Magazine (UK) and Politico (Sierra Leone). Within the UN, Dr. Lamin represents UNESCO has served on a number of expert panels, and continues to actively participate in a wide range of regional and national working groups and initiatives.

Educated in Sierra Leone and United States of America, he holds a BA (Honors) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, MA from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, and PhD from Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA.


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