Burundi’s Giovanie Biha appointed UN Deputy Special Representative for West Africa and Sahel

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Giovanie Biha of Burundi as his new Deputy Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), it has been announced.

According an official statement released on 25 June, Giovanie Biha brings to the position extensive experience within the organization, having held positions of responsibility including with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), as Deputy Executive Secretary.

She succeeds Ruby Sandhu-Rojon of the United States, who will complete her assignment on 10 July 2020. 

Ms. Biha has also served on the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), as Director of Management; and the United Nations Secretariat.  Most recently, she has served as Deputy Director in the United Nations Development Coordination Office. 

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Prior to the United Nations, Ms. Biha held positions of responsibility in her home country at the Central Bank of Burundi and Banque de Commerce et Investissement.

She holds a master’s degree in economics from Western Illinois University, United States, and is proficient in French and English.  She has two children.

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