UNHCR Representative in Kenya
Mr. Raouf Mazou took up his appointment as Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya on 21 September 2013. Four years prior to this, Mr. Mazou was a Deputy Director in the Africa Bureau, covering Africa’s East and Horn Region. Mr. Mazou has previously occupied various senior positions such as the Deputy Director of the Division of Operations Support and Head of the Emergency and Security Service – looking after UNHCR’s global emergency management and staff security interests.
Having served UNHCR for more than 24 years, Mr. Mazou has worked in the field in many capacities, starting in the early nineties in the Great Lakes Region and subsequently in West Africa in the context of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugee crises. He has garnered expertise in various facets of UNHCR’s activities – particularly in emergency response, repatriation and developing strategies aimed at bridging the gap between relief and development.
Mr. Wélla Kouyou is currently the Deputy Representative of UNHCR Country Office in Kenya. Prior to this position, he was the head of UNHCR Office in Kibuye during the Rwanda emergency and also he managed Democratic Republic of Congo refugees in Kiziba camp.
Mr. Kouyou has been assigned to various positions in UNHCR including Senior Regional Child Protection Officer at the UNHCR Regional Support Hub (RSH) in Nairobi, before joining UNHCR Sub-Office in Gambella, Ethiopia as Head of Sub-Office in charge of South Sudanese Voluntary Repatriation. He assumed the functions of Senior Global Community Services Officer in Geneva before moving to Makamba, Burundi as Head of UNHCR Sub-Office and as Senior Emergency Officer in Geneva.
Mr. Kouyou has immense experience particularly in community development, child protection, gender, community-based approach, staff capacity building, as well as emergency preparedness and response planning.
Catherine Hamon Sharpe
Assistant Representative (Protection)
Mrs. Hamon Sharpe has been serving as the Assistant Representative (Protection) for UNHCR Kenya since January 2014. She holds an MA in International and EU Law of Economics and an MA in International Administration. Mrs Hamon Sharpe joined the United Nations Refugee Agency in 1994 in Burundi. She has occupied various protection and managerial positions mainly in Africa where she has built expertise in the field of resettlement, voluntary repatriation, capacity building, mixed-migrations as well as emergency response and coordination mechanisms.
K. Offei Dei
Assistant Representative (Administration)
Mr. K. Offei Dei took up his appointment as Assistant Representative (Administration) at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya in January 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Dei was the Chief of Administration and Finance at the United Nations Institute of Training and Research from April 2009 to June 2013 where he oversaw, coordinated and finalized the preparation of the Institute’s biennial budget.
Mr. Dei has served for more than 21 years in the UN system. He has served in various positions in UNHCR as Senior Budget Officer, Senior Financial Policy Advisor to the Controller’s Office. He also served as Senior Programme Officer assigned to Freetown during the Sierra Leonean refugee crisis. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Dei was seconded to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Assistant Controller in Rome, Italy. Prior to UNHCR, Mr. Dei worked was a Financial Analyst at the Harvard Medical Center in Boston.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from Northeastern University, Boston and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Charleston, USA.
Assistant Representative (Programmes)
Ms. Ivana Unluova took up the position as the Assistant Representative (Programme) with UNHCR Kenya in December 2016, following five years with the operation in the capacity of Senior Programme Officer. Between 2008 and 2011, she was the Manager of the Common Humanitarian Fund with UN OCHA Somalia. In her other assignments with UNHCR since 1997, she served in programme management capacity with UNHCR Somalia and Tanzania, as well as in external relations function with UNHCR Europe Bureau, including in the Kosovo operation.
Prior to joining UNHCR, Ms. Unluova had worked with the Government of Norway, Directorate for Immigration, as Senior Executive for local integration and also voluntary return programming for refugees.
Jean Bosco Rushatsi
Head of Operations, Dadaab
Mr. Jean Bosco Rushatsi took up his assignment as Head of Operations, Dadaab in December 2016.
Mr. Rushatsi joined the United Nations in 1996. He has served in various managerial positions, notably as Head of Operations (Laayoune, Western Sahara), UNHCR Representative (Freetown, Sierra Leone), Assistant Representative – Programme (N’Djamena, Chad), Senior Regional Programme Officer (Dakar, Senegal), Senior Programme Coordination Officer (Geneva, Switzerland) and Senior Programme Officer (Gueckedou and Kissidougou, Guinea).
Mr. Rushatsi contributed towards the publication of the second edition of the Practical Guide to the Systematic Use of Standards &Indicators (S&I) in UNHCR Operations in February 2006 and its French version in September 2006, Geneva, Switzerland.
Tayyar Sukru Cansizoglu
Head of Sub-Office Kakuma
Mr. Tayyar Sukru Cansizoglu took up his appointment as Head of Sub-Office in Kakuma on 23 June 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cansizoglu was the Operations Manager in the Africa Bureau covering the operations in the Great Lakes Region and Southern Africa. He has held various positions as Senior Regional Protection Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Senior Desk Officer for Chad, Sudan and South Sudan, Senior Advisor (SGBV), Senior Programme Analyst and Senior Change Management Officer.
Mr. Cansizoglu has worked in Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Jordan and at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. He comes with long years of experience in emergency response, programme, protection and information management.
Senior Communications Officer/Spokesperson
Ms Yvonne Ndege was appointed as Senior Communications Officer/Spokesperson, UNHCR Kenya, in December 2016. Prior to joining UNHCR, Yvonne worked as an award-winning TV Correspondent, Host, and Bureau Chief, for the international 24 hour TV news channel, Al Jazeera English, headquartered in Doha, Qatar.
Yvonne was responsible for the launch of the TV network in West Africa, from Nigeria, and helped to establish and lead the network’s East Africa operation from Nairobi, Kenya, and across East Africa. Yvonne has worked in and reported from over 30 countries on the Continent, covering war, conflict, natural disasters, elections, economic and social issues. She was singled-out for her journalism on refugees, displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, winning the UN Correspondent’s Association Award for Journalism a few years ago.
Prior to working for Al Jazeera, Yvonne worked as a Correspondent for the BBC in London, United Kingdom, covering domestic and international news and current affairs across the U.K and Europe.
Yvonne has 18 years experience working as a high-profile journalist and media specialist, and has held media consultancy roles for the World Bank, IMF, World Food Programme and African Development Bank.
Yvonne holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from London School of Economics & Political Science and a First Degree from the University of London, Goldsmiths College.