Josephine Odera, Regional Director

Dr. Odera has extensive experience spanning a career of more than 25 years. She has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Kenya; has taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and has worked in Civil Society. She previously served as Regional Programme Director for UNWOMEN Central Africa (then UNIFEM). Dr. Odera holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Conflict Management from the University of Ghent, Belgium having previously obtained a masters degree in Economics, a bachelor of philosophy degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree. To read full biography please click here.

Maxime Houinato, Deputy Regional Director

Mr Houinato has an extensive career in the development sector from over 15 years serving in the fields of Health and Nutrition, Education, Local Governance & Decentralization; and Gender Equality. He holds an MBA , and  a Master’s Degree in International Development from Brandeis University (USA). Prior to joining UN Women, Mr Houinato worked with several international organizations, including Oxfam UK, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Africare,  and the Academy for Educational Development (AED), in Ghana, Benin, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Oxford, and Thailand. To read full biography please click here.

Mariam Kamara, Regional Communications Officer

Mariam Tendou Kamara, a US trained Pharmacist specialized in Gender and HIV  has worked actively in the Women’s Movement for over 15 years. She is a founding member and former head of a US based NGO focused on access of services for African Immigrant Women. Ms Kamara has worked over the years with key international institutions as a strategist in the area of development, both within the private and public sectors in West Africa and with national and regional institutions to promote the agenda of gender equality and women’s empowerment through strategic communications. Prior to joining UN Women ms Kamara worked as Cabinet member and technical advisor in Communications and strategic partnerships for the Ministry of Youth Employment (Republic of Guinea). To read full biography please click here.

Carolina Sjolander, Communications Intern

Carolina Sjölander is a Master’s Student of International Politics, with a particular focus on women’s access to human rights and equality in Africa, at Örebro University Sweden. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, focusing on Feminist Security Theory and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Legal Science, focusing on Multiple Discrimination. Ms Sjölander has also studied at San Diego State University, USA. In 2010 she worked as an Academic Trainee of Political Affairs at the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. Ms Sjölander specializes in intersectional approaches to Gender Equality.

Ellen Dinsmore, Communications Intern

Ellen Dinsmore is a Masters Degree candidate in Public Affairs at Princeton University in the USA, with a concentration in International Development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double-concentration in Sociology and French from Wesleyan University in the USA and has also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”) in Paris, France.

Sheriff  Bojang Jr, Journalist

Sheriff Bojang Jr is an award-winning Gambian journalist based in Dakar, Senegal. He currently serves as a Foreign Correspondent for the English services of Radio France International and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. He also writes for the Guardian, the Pan-African Magazine New Africa and the Chinese news agency Xinhua as well as reports for France 24 TV and Africa 24 TV. Mr Bojang Jr is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. To read full biography please click here.

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