NAIROBI, September 22 – Mounkaila Goumandakoye is the new resident at the Regional Director’s office for UNEP in Africa.
Mounkaila has taken over from Sekou Toure, who now works as the Conflict resolution Commissioner at the Global Environment Fund (GEF) in Washington.
The new Director, who was appointed to the position in June, joins UNEP from UNDP Drylands Development Centre, where he has been the Acting Director since last year.
Prior to that, he was Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Soudano Sahelian Office (UNSO), according to a statement sent to newsrooms Monday announcing that he had taken up office.
The statement read: “While new to the UNEP family, he has obtained a wealth of experience in the field of environment and therefore brings extensive leadership and management experience in environment, both at the policy and grassroots levels. He also combines an understanding of the geopolitical and socioeconomic situation in Africa with practical experiences on how UNEP can further strengthen its role and relevance on the continent.”
Prior to joining the UN, Mounkaila, from Niger, has worked at the national and regional levels on the nexus between environment and sustainable development. He was Director of Environment of Niger after holding the position of Head of the Ecology and Environment Division of CILSS, a Sub Regional Organization devoted to drought mitigation in the nine Sahelian countries of West and Central Africa.
As part of his personal impact and achievements in society, he is a recipient of international awards and a Merit Order in Niger.
Mounkaila holds an Msc in Watershed Management and a degree of Engineer in Applied Sciences – Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife.